3. Harvey Mudd College
Total Cost: $58,913
Room & Board: $14,471
Harvey Mudd is one of the seven schools that make up the Claremont Colleges consortium, which also includes Claremont McKenna, with which Harvey Mudd shares such resources as health services and libraries.
The total cost for the 2012-2013 academic year is $58,913, jumping Mudd from fourth place on Campus Grotto’s list to third, thanks to an increase of $2,915. The school offers the cash-strapped an average financial aid award of $29,000.