James Doti has worked his Lilliputian arse off over the years trying to get Chapman University included in conversations about the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the land.
The private Orange university finds itself ranked today with many of those prestigious institutions, but probably not in a way Chapman president Doti would like.
According to CampusGrotto ("the inside source at college"), Chapman's dorms are among the most expensive in the country.
With 2010-2011 room and board pegged at $13,510, Chapman lands at No. 13 on the top 20 list.
By three measely bucks that amazingly beats out New York University, which--when factoring in tuition and other fees--is the most expensive university in the country.
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Among the California campuses Chapman smokes in the ranking are: Harvey Mudd College in Claremont (No. 18) and UC Santa Barbara (No. 20). Meanwhile, UC Berkeley falls at No. 2 (behind Eugene Lang College -- The New School in New York), UC Santa Cruz is No. 6 and UCLA is No. 11.
CampusGrotto reports room and board increased 4.6% at public and 3.9% at private colleges in 2010-2011, with the average costs at $8,535 and $9,700 respectively.
Only four colleges and universities in the top 20 are not located in California or New York. Here is the full list (with room and board costs):
1. Eugene Lang College - The New School ($17,110)
2. UC Berkeley ($15,308)
3. Suffolk University ($14,624)
4. Fordham University - Lincoln Center ($14,614)
5. Fordham University - Rose Hill ($14,491)
6. UC Santa Cruz ($14,172)
7. St. John's University - Queens ($14,000)
8. Manhattanville College ($13,920)
9. Sarah Lawrence College ($13,820)
10. Pace University ($13,800)
11. UCLA ($13,734)
12. Cooper Union ($13,700)
13. Chapman University ($13,510)
14. New York University ($13,507)
15. Olin College ($13,500)
16. American University ($13,430)
17. Marymount Manhattan College ($13,416)
18. Harvey Mudd College ($13,198)
19. Drexel University ($13,125)
20. UC Santa Barbara ($13,109)