- The Daily Caller News Foundation analyzed the nation’s 20 most expensive and the 20 most affordable public universities
- The more expensive universities spent $11,346 more on instruction per student than the affordable universities
- Public universities often disguise research as an instructional expense
Universities that offer less faculty compensation, perform less research and have lower tuition rates are more likely to have engaged and effective professors, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis.
Spending at American colleges is out of control. Students and their families have been shouldering the burden of rising college costs in the form of tuition increases that have outpaced the rate of inflation for decades.
But not all universities are the same. Some have managed to keep costs down. Others, not so much.
For example, the University of California at Los Angeles, which has an undergraduate enrollment of 30,873, charged out-of-state students $41,763 in tuition and fees in 2017, placing it among the most expensive public universities in the country.
Situated less than 30 miles away from UCLA is California State University, Los Angeles, which has an undergraduate enrollment of 24,074 and charged out-of-state students $18,512 in tuition and fees in 2017, making it one of the most affordable large universities in the country.
Cases like UCLA and CSULA are commonplace throughout the country. Why are some universities so much more expensive than others?
To find out, The Daily Caller News Foundation analyzed the expenditures of 40 public universities across the country in an effort to discover why some institutions can keep their costs down while others break the bank. READ MORE