10 Most Costly Non-public Medical Faculties

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College at the undergraduate level is notoriously expensive. But those costs rise even higher with higher degrees. Although graduation from medical school usually results in a high salary, covering those costs can be a big investment.

According to a Fall 2020 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the average cost of four years of attending medical school over the 2019-2020 period was $ 250,222 in public institutions and $ 330,180 in private universities. According to AAMC data, the 2020 class graduates left medical school with an average educational debt of around $ 207,000.

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Of the 48 private medical schools that reported study and fee data to US News in an annual survey, those costs averaged more than $ 59,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. But when you get closer to the top 10 most expensive schools, it shows a much higher tuition fee: an average of $ 70,335.

At the top of the list is Midwestern University in Illinois, which reported tuition and fees of $ 74,035 for the 2020-2021 school year, making it the most expensive. The second is a school with a common name: Midwestern University in Arizona, which reported tuition and fees of $ 71,833. The cheapest medical school on this list is Georgetown University in Washington, DC, which reported tuition and fees of $ 67,875, which is still more than $ 8,000 above the national average.

The 10 most expensive private medical schools are a geographic mix, with four in the north, four in the Midwest, and two in the west.

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Four of these schools are in the top 25 of US News’ Best Medical Schools for Research rankings, with Columbia University in New York being the highest and ranking fourth. Three schools have cracked the top 25 of the Best Medical Schools for Primary Care rankings, with Midwestern in Illinois ranked 17th in a tie, the highest grade in the category. None of the schools listed here is in the top 25 in both ranking categories.

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One silver lining for graduates who have paid high tuition fees and amassed debt is that the medical field usually pays off well. While those planning to become doctors may not get high salaries straight away due to residency requirements, some doctors in specialties make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for doctors is around $ 208,000 per year, with pediatricians making $ 184,570 per year at the lower end of the salary bracket. In contrast, anesthetists at the higher end of the salary spectrum earned a reported average annual salary of $ 271,440.

Below is a list of the top 10 most expensive private medical schools in the 2020-2021 school year. Unrated schools that did not meet certain numerical ranking criteria required by US News were not considered for this report.


Tuition and fees (2020-2021)

US news research rank

US News Primary Care Rank

University of the Midwest (IL)

$ 74,035


17 (tie)

University of the Midwest (AZ)

$ 71,833



Columbia University (NY)

$ 71,107

4 (tie)


Brown University (Alpert) (RI)

$ 70,425

36 (tie)

19 (tie)

Case Western Reserve University (OH)

$ 70,339


74 (tie)

University of Northwest (Feinberg) (IL)

$ 70,254

15 (tie)

39 (tie)

Dartmouth College (Hostage) (NH)

$ 69,768

45 (tie)

24 (tie)

University of Southern California (Keck)

$ 69,237

29 (tie)

46 (tie)

Washington University in St. Louis

$ 68,480

11 (tie)

59 (tie)

Georgetown University (DC)

$ 67,875

55 (tie)

89 (tie)

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US News surveyed 191 medical schools for our 2020 research and primary care program survey. Schools posted tons of data on their academic programs and the makeup of their student body among other things, making US News the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While US News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual top medical school ranking, the data can also be useful on a smaller scale. US News will now create lists of data, independent of overall rankings, to provide students and parents with a way to see which schools stand out or have room for growth in areas that are important to them. Although the data came from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to or affect US News rankings for the best colleges, universities, or online programs. The above study and fee data will be correct as of May 25, 2021.