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10 Most Expensive Private Medical Schools

Tuition and fees at one Boston med school topped $55,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

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The East Coast is home to some exclusive – and expensive – medical schools.

Six of the 10 most expensive private medical programs are located in the Northeast, including Tufts University's School of Medicine. With tuition and fees topping $55,600 for the 2012-2013 school year, the Boston-based institution topped our list of most expensive private med schools for the second year in a row.

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Two other programs in the city also landed on the top 10 list: Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine. Tuition and fees at Harvard were nearly $53,500 for 2012-2013. Boston University was just a couple thousand dollars less, at roughly $51,500.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, the School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire also rank among the most expensive.

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Tuition and fees at the 10 most expensive private medical schools averaged slightly more than $53,000 for the 2012-2013 school year. While that may sound steep, it's only about $5,400 higher than the national average for private med schools and just $1,140 more than the average charged to out-of-state students at public medical schools, according to data reported by 113 ranked public and private institutions in an annual U.S. News survey.

Prospective students seem to be willing to overlook cost in order to attend a top-ranked medical school, though. Boston University, Temple and Tufts are each among the 10 medical schools that attract the most applications.

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Below are the 10 most expensive private medical schools based on tuition and required fees. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Medical school (name) (state) Tuition and fees U.S. News research rank U.S. News primary care rank
Tufts University (MA) $55,667 51 54
Columbia University (NY) $54,855 8 49
Temple University (PA) $54,218 51 RNP*
Harvard University (MA) $53,496 1 14
Case Western Reserve University (OH) $53,040 25 49
Dartmouth College (Geisel) (NH) $52,406 38 31
University of Southern California (Keck) $52,242 31 74
Washington University in St. Louis $52,020 6 44
Boston University $51,548 30 39
Northwestern University (Feinberg) (IL) $51,490 18 31

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of all medical and osteopathic schools. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Medical School Compass to find tuition data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed more than 140 medical schools for our 2012 survey of research and primary care programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Medical Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The tuition and fees data above are correct as of July 30, 2013.