We recently told you — and you were surprised — that some of the best universities in the world are right here in Los Angeles, including number-one Caltech and number-13 UCLA, according a British ranking.

But, given that this is L.A., land of the Hollywood mogul and real estate billionaire, we also have some of the nation's most expensive colleges, too.

A CampusGrotto lineup of the top wallet-busting institutions has more than a few of our own:

Claremont's Harvey Mudd topped the SoCal colleges on the list, coming in at a respectable number three, with a per-student undergrad cost (tuition, room and board and fees) of $58,913.

You know what you could buy with $59,000? A loaded Porsche Cayman.

Claremont McKenna College made number 6, with an average annual cost of $58,065.

Pitzer College, also in Claremont, ranked 15th with a parental bill of $57,266.

Next up: Scripps College: $57,088. Yep, it's in Claremont.

Credit: CollegeDegrees360

Credit: CollegeDegrees360

Are you sensing a trend here? They're all part of the Claremont Colleges consortium of private schools. But one's missing? No: Pomona College also made the list, coming in at 74, with an annual cost of $55,000.

Other area schools:

President Obama's alma mater, Occidental, came it at 24 with a cost of $57,028.

USC came in at 29 with a price of $56,903.

Pepperdine ranked at 65 with a price tag of $55,372.

Chapman University in Orange County ranked 93rd with a cost of $53,608.

And the most expensive college in America is … ? See the whole list here. And let us know if we missed any other SoCal schools in the ranking.

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