The 25 private colleges where students go on to earn the most money

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Sticker prices on private colleges and universities tend to be steeper than public schools.

The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges in the US, while public universities cost an average of $23,893 — and for state residents at public colleges, average tuition and fees added up to just $9,410, according to the College Board.

Is the prestige of attending a private school worth it in the long run? We looked at a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which breaks down the median earnings of students from over 1,400 colleges 10 years after starting their studies, using data from the US Department of Education's College Scorecard.

Here, we've highlighted the 25 private colleges in the US where graduates go on to earn the most money, as well as how much students pay annually between tuition, required fees, room, and board.

Read on to see if your alma mater, or current school, made the list:

25. Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Annual cost: $58,625

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $69,000


24. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Annual cost: $63,750

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $69,200

23. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Annual cost: $61,775

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $69,400

22. Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Annual cost: $61,680

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $69,800

21. Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Annual cost: $62,794

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $70,900

20. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Annual cost: $63,495

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $72,000

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19. Columbia University

New York, New York

Annual cost: $66,383

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $72,900

18. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, New York

Annual cost: $69,272

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $73,500

17. Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Annual cost: $60,323

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $73,700

16. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Annual cost: $58,761

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $74,000

15. Kettering University

Flint, Michigan

Annual cost: $45,940

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $74,900

14. Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Annual cost: $58,605

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $74,900

13. Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Annual cost: $59,870

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $75,100

12. Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Annual cost: $64,188

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $76,700

11. Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Annual cost: $58,510

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $76,800

10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Annual cost: $61,060

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $77,600

9. Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Annual cost: $59,632

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $77,600

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual cost: $63,526

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $78,200

7. Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, California

Annual cost: $67,255

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $78,600

6. Stanford University

Stanford, California

Annual cost: $60,427

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $80,900

5. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

Annual cost: $63,436

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $81,700

4. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

Annual cost: $62,699

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $82,800

3. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Annual cost: $63,594

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $83,300

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Annual cost: $60,659

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $87,200

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Annual cost: $60,434

Median earnings 10 years after enrolling: $91,600

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