9. Dillard University, New Orleans, LA.
2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $13,880
Founded in the wake of the Civil War with the goal of preparing newly-freed slaves for full entry into the American society, Dillard University’s historical background is a richly-woven tapestry that contributes to infusing a collective sense of pride into the school’s graduates. The 2002 establishment of the Institute of Jazz Culture made Dillard University the premier destination for Jazz and music lovers across the country, cementing the school’s position as a New Orleans cultural landmark. Despite suffering severe damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Dillard University was able to resume its operations and even improve some of its facilities.