National University Rankings

National University Methodology

Schools in the National Universities category, such as the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

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U.S. News rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Fall 2012 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate Classes with fewer than 20 students SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,470 21,001 17.7% 97% 94%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$44,841 13,952 17.9% 97% 94%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$45,359 21,424 16.6% 96% 93%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$43,498 11,189 9.0% 97% 93%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$45,527 20,439 15.3% 97% 93%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

in-state: $12,458, out-of-state: $39,844 23,907 29.6% 97% 93%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$41,538 2,243 11.8% 98% 92%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

$38,941 6,484 16.7% 96% 92%

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