These 25 colleges had the biggest tuition hikes

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These 25 colleges had the biggest tuition hikes
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On March 4, the University of Southern California announced its tuition for the 2016-2017 school year will surpass $50,000 for the first time in school history. This makes it one of the most expensive universities in the nation and is indicative of a growing trend: Colleges nationwide are getting increasingly expensive.

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Though private colleges are dominating the headlines when it comes to tuition hikes, public schools are quietly raising their prices at a higher rate. What were once imminently affordable schools are now putting more of a financial strain on current students.

Using the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, StartClass found the 25 colleges with the biggest tuition increases over the past 10 years. All tuition amounts reported are inflation-adjusted for 2015 dollars.

For this list, we used the reported in-state tuition for each college. We also only included schools with at least 5,000 undergraduate students. Colleges are sorted by their 10-year in-state tuition percentage increase, and the data reflects the change from the 2004-2005 school year to the 2014-2015 school year.

Of the 25 schools listed, 16 saw their in-state tuition double over the past decade. The school on the list with the highest 2014 in-state tuition — the College of William and Mary — cost $17,674 this past year.

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The 25 schools with the biggest tuition hikes

25. Colorado State University — Pueblo

Location: Pueblo, Colo.
Total undergraduates: 5,192

Acceptance rate: 92.8%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,998
2014 in-state tuition: $7,842 (96.15% increase)

24. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Location: Pomona, Calif.
Total undergraduates: 22,395

Acceptance rate: 51.9%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,523
2014 in-state tuition: $6,911 (96.17% increase)

23. Northeastern Illinois University

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Total undergraduates: 8,412

Acceptance rate: 57.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $4,507
2014 in-state tuition: $8,877 (96.96% increase)

22. University of West Florida

Location: Pensacola, Fla.
Total undergraduates: 10,072

Acceptance rate: 41.7%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,226
2014 in-state tuition: $6,366 (97.33% increase)

21. San Jose State University

Location: San Jose, Calif.
Total undergraduates: 26,664

Acceptance rate: 59.8%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,707
2014 in-state tuition: $7,330 (97.73% increase)

20. University of Colorado Boulder

Location: Boulder, Colo.
Total undergraduates: 26,557

Acceptance rate: 84.2%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,440
2014 in-state tuition: $10,800 (98.53% increase)

19. College of William and Mary

Location: Williamsburg, Va.
Total undergraduates: 6,299

Acceptance rate: 33%

2004 in-state tuition: $8,803
2014 in-state tuition: $17,674 (98.74% increase)

18. Arizona State University, Tempe

Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Total undergraduates: 39,961

Acceptance rate: 84.3%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,093
2014 in-state tuition: $10,167 (99.63% increase)

17. University of Tennessee

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Total undergraduates: 21,664

Acceptance rate: 74.8%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,951
2014 in-state tuition: $11,888 (99.76% increase)

16. Humboldt State University

Location: Arcata, Calif.
Total undergraduates: 7,983

Acceptance rate: 76.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,588
2014 in-state tuition: $7,178 (100.06% increase)

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15. University of Texas at San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Total undergraduates: 24,285

Acceptance rate: 75.9%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,730
2014 in-state tuition: $7,464 (100.11% increase)

14. California State University, Bakersfield

Location: Bakersfield, Calif.
Total undergraduates: 7,635

Acceptance rate: 70.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,393
2014 in-state tuition: $6,799 (100.38% increase)

13. University of Georgia

Location: Athens, Ga.
Total undergraduates: 26,882

Acceptance rate: 55.7%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,354
2014 in-state tuition: $10,847 (102.6% increase)

12. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Location: San Juan, P.R.
Total undergraduates: 12,362

Acceptance rate: 28.2%

2004 in-state tuition: $990
2014 in-state tuition: $2,021 (104.14% increase)

11. Midwestern State University

Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Total undergraduates: 5,874

Acceptance rate: 61.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,780
2014 in-state tuition: $7,761 (105.32% increase)

10. University of North Florida

Location: Jacksonville, Fla.
Total undergraduates: 14,121

Acceptance rate: 60.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,109
2014 in-state tuition: $6,391 (105.56% increase)

9. Wayne State University

Location: Detroit, Mich.
Total undergraduates: 18,347

Acceptance rate: 77.3%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,558
2014 in-state tuition: $11,460 (106.19% increase)

8. California State University San Marcos

Location: San Marcos, Calif.
Total undergraduates: 11,559

Acceptance rate: 61.8%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,479
2014 in-state tuition: $7,176 (106.27% increase)

7. Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Total undergraduates: 23,598

Acceptance rate: 80.5%

2004 in-state tuition: $4,750
2014 in-state tuition: $9,907 (108.57% increase)

6. Colorado Mesa University

Location: Grand Junction, Colo.
Total undergraduates: 9,003

Acceptance rate: 82.3%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,414
2014 in-state tuition: $7,123 (108.64% increase)

5. Georgia Institute of Technology

Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Total undergraduates: 14,682

Acceptance rate: 33.4%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,361
2014 in-state tuition: $11,405 (112.74% increase)

4. University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Total undergraduates: 32,987

Acceptance rate: 74.6%

2004 in-state tuition: $5,136
2014 in-state tuition: $10,968 (113.55% increase)

3. University of Northern Colorado

Location: Greeley, Colo.
Total undergraduates: 9,469

Acceptance rate: 70.9%

2004 in-state tuition: $3,572
2014 in-state tuition: $7,741 (116.71% increase)

2. Dixie State University

Location: St. George, Utah
Total undergraduates: 8,570

Acceptance rate: N/A

2004 in-state tuition: $1,910
2014 in-state tuition: $4,460 (133.51% increase)

1. University of Hawaii at Manoa

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Total undergraduates: 14,126

Acceptance rate: 78.8%

2004 in-state tuition: $4,487
2014 in-state tuition: $10,631 (136.93% increase)

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