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
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

in-state: $13,746, out-of-state: $36,624 21,927 44.0% 91% 86%
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

in-state: $12,952, out-of-state: $22,024 21,869 51.8% 72% 54%
#36 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

in-state: $10,650, out-of-state: $29,954 21,557 54.9% 94% 79%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

in-state: $9,054, out-of-state: $18,174 21,453 94.8% 65% 45%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$45,359 21,424 16.6% 96% 93%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$45,890 21,339 12.6% 98% 96%
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

in-state: $9,750, out-of-state: $23,638 21,242 76.3% 78% 52%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. St. John's University

Queens, NY

$37,260 21,087 53.2% 78% 59%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Delaware

Newark, DE

in-state: $12,112, out-of-state: $29,932 21,081 56.6% 92% 80%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Ball State University

Muncie, IN

in-state: $9,250, out-of-state: $23,660 21,053 61.2% 79% 57%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$40,458 21,029 51.3% 92% 82%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of California—​Riverside

Riverside, CA

in-state: $12,960, out-of-state: $35,838 21,005 62.7% 87% 70%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,470 21,001 17.7% 97% 94%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Clemson University

Clemson, SC

in-state: $13,382, out-of-state: $30,816 20,768 57.9% 90% 82%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Illinois State University

Normal, IL

in-state: $12,573, out-of-state: $20,013 20,706 74.0% 84% 71%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

in-state: $7,066, out-of-state: $19,658 20,574 52.0% 79% 50%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

$41,686 20,447 31.9% 94% 79%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$45,527 20,439 15.3% 97% 93%
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Hawaii—​Manoa

Honolulu, HI

in-state: $9,904, out-of-state: $27,472 20,426 81.2% 79% 56%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

in-state: $6,722, out-of-state: $16,960 20,365 69.3% 82% 60% 6
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Oakland University

Rochester, MI

in-state: $11,027, out-of-state: $25,477 19,740 62.1% 73% 43%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. University of Texas—​Dallas

Richardson, TX

in-state: $11,806, out-of-state: $30,378 19,727 52.0% 84% 64%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$42,292 19,726 6.1% 98% 97%
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Southern Illinois University—​Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

in-state: $12,104, out-of-state: $24,970 18,847 51.4% 66% 50%
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. University of Mississippi

University, MS

in-state: $6,760, out-of-state: $17,728 18,794 61.1% 82% 58%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

in-state: $8,594, out-of-state: $19,214 18,461 65.0% 74% 49%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. University of Nevada—​Reno

Reno, NV

in-state: $6,154, out-of-state: $20,064 18,227 83.0% 79% 54%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$43,245 18,217 6.6% 98% 95%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

in-state: $6,388, out-of-state: $20,186 18,172 60.0% 77% 54%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

$37,505 18,067 74.9% 84% 65%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

in-state: $8,904, out-of-state: $20,394 17,999 73.4% 80% 48%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

in-state: $13,799, out-of-state: $29,589 17,683 72.8% 89% 80%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

in-state: $6,220, out-of-state: $19,644 17,651 80.1% 72% 44%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

in-state: $9,289, out-of-state: $12,411 17,525 63.2% 65% 34%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of California—​Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

in-state: $13,416, out-of-state: $36,294 17,404 60.9% 90% 77%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

in-state: $8,140, out-of-state: $18,460 17,316 55.5% 85% 64%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH

in-state: $10,721, out-of-state: $18,029 17,286 73.6% 74% 58%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Wright State University

Dayton, OH

in-state: $8,542, out-of-state: $16,546 16,780 68.7% 65% 40%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Missouri—​St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

in-state: $9,474, out-of-state: $24,429 16,719 68.7% 75% 47%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Louisiana—​Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

in-state: $5,374, out-of-state: $14,344 16,687 60.4% 75% 44%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

in-state: $6,744, out-of-state: $15,024 16,468 64.7% 75% 50%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

in-state: $12,450, out-of-state: $28,016 16,451 76.9% 81% 63%
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Lowell

Lowell, MA

in-state: $12,097, out-of-state: $19,210 16,294 65.8% 80% 54%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. University of Missouri—​Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

in-state: $9,456, out-of-state: $22,203 16,019 67.6% 73% 48%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Massachusetts—​Boston

Boston, MA

in-state: $10,355, out-of-state: $24,109 15,874 61.4% 77% 38%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Trident University International

Cypress, CA

$6,120 15,845 N/A N/A 72% 6
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

$35,503 15,720 81.2% 86% 70%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Duke University

Durham, NC

$45,476 15,386 13.4% 97% 95%

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