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
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

$38,526 6,838 63.2% 81% 67%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

$40,610 3,604 76.1% 87% 71%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

in-state: $9,313, out-of-state: $25,166 30,647 74.7% 84% 63%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. DePaul University

Chicago, IL

$33,990 24,966 62.3% 86% 68%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

$31,385 9,956 74.7% 87% 74%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

in-state: $14,340, out-of-state: $24,710 36,744 67.2% 88% 66%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

in-state: $7,534, out-of-state: $24,018 32,388 82.6% 86% 59%
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

in-state: $10,391, out-of-state: $27,073 40,223 76.9% 78% 61%
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

in-state: $10,110, out-of-state: $21,192 28,034 67.3% 81% 58%
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

in-state: $13,728, out-of-state: $28,608 6,947 76.6% 83% 66%
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$40,294 10,017 69.2% 85% 67%
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

$35,800 11,159 55.2% 87% 78%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

in-state: $10,816, out-of-state: $28,528 31,288 60.6% 87% 72%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

$34,013 10,316 86.7% 88% 74%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$39,810 6,652 37.8% 85% 63%
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

$39,842 7,683 55.0% 93% 68%
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University at Buffalo—​SUNY

Buffalo, NY

in-state: $7,989, out-of-state: $18,609 28,952 56.9% 88% 70%
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

in-state: $9,763, out-of-state: $29,788 24,518 74.2% 85% 68%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Iowa State University

Ames, IA

in-state: $7,726, out-of-state: $20,278 30,748 82.5% 86% 71%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

$35,503 15,720 81.2% 86% 70%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

in-state: $8,206, out-of-state: $21,661 34,340 49.6% 91% 71%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$36,726 13,981 63.7% 86% 70%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

in-state: $10,107, out-of-state: $24,873 27,135 92.3% 79% 64%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

in-state: $8,068, out-of-state: $20,968 24,207 64.4% 84% 65%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

in-state: $7,341, out-of-state: $19,530 31,086 79.1% 84% 66%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

in-state: $9,684, out-of-state: $27,874 29,833 67.3% 85% 66%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

in-state: $8,144, out-of-state: $18,464 15,308 42.9% 91% 79%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

$37,505 18,067 74.9% 84% 65%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

in-state: $9,415, out-of-state: $23,764 34,748 81.5% 85% 71%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

in-state: $16,496, out-of-state: $29,216 15,301 77.9% 87% 77%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

in-state: $9,852, out-of-state: $26,364 25,134 77.2% 88% 68%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

in-state: $16,485, out-of-state: $32,415 5,632 37.4% 89% 66%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

in-state: $6,537, out-of-state: $21,703 40,695 53.7% 92% 75%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

$40,707 11,656 67.6% 87% 76%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

in-state: $13,258, out-of-state: $27,974 28,236 62.6% 88% 70%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$41,392 8,105 42.6% 88% 76%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

in-state: $6,995, out-of-state: $16,445 2,401 50.7% 85% 67%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

in-state: $9,200, out-of-state: $22,950 33,503 53.1% 85% 67%
#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%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

in-state: $10,240, out-of-state: $32,008 31,725 83.6% 84% 68%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

$33,702 4,326 40.7% 87% 66%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$43,561 5,649 42.7% 92% 78%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stony Brook University—​SUNY

Stony Brook, NY

in-state: $7,984, out-of-state: $19,924 24,149 40.1% 90% 70%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

$36,590 9,727 40.9% 87% 75%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

in-state: $15,718, out-of-state: $36,646 13,097 76.7% 86% 76%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. American University

Washington, DC

$40,649 12,904 44.2% 90% 77%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

$35,972 15,364 60.7% 85% 75%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

$39,550 3,503 70.1% 89% 80%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

in-state: $10,209, out-of-state: $32,350 42,133 74.4% 89% 75%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

$34,640 11,749 55.2% 89% 80%
#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%
#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%

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