Nine private colleges and universities in Massachusetts now top $50,000 a year, according to College Board data analyzed by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Tufts University ($51,088) ranks the highest in the Bay State and No. 20 nationwide. Boston College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College and Smith College round out the state’s top five, followed by Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Babson College, Boston University and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.


The analysis factors in tuition, fees, room and board when calculating what it dubs “The $50K Club.” Sarah Lawrence College in New York, at $55,788 a year, came in first overall on the list.