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
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$46,298 39,958 19.9% 97% 90%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

in-state: $12,864, out-of-state: $35,742 35,899 18.0% 97% 91%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$44,841 13,952 17.9% 97% 94%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,470 21,001 17.7% 97% 94%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

$38,941 6,484 16.7% 96% 92%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$45,359 21,424 16.6% 96% 93%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$45,527 20,439 15.3% 97% 93%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$42,978 12,710 14.2% 96% 92%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Duke University

Durham, NC

$45,476 15,386 13.4% 97% 95%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$46,386 12,508 13.2% 99% 92%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$45,890 21,339 12.6% 98% 96%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$41,538 2,243 11.8% 98% 92%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

$46,752 6,277 9.8% 98% 96%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Brown University

Providence, RI

$45,612 8,885 9.6% 98% 95%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$43,498 11,189 9.0% 97% 93%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$40,170 8,010 7.9% 98% 96%
#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Columbia University

New York, NY

$49,138 23,168 7.4% 99% 97%
#3 Overall Score: 97 out of 100. Yale University

New Haven, CT

$44,000 11,906 7.1% 99% 96%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$43,245 18,217 6.6% 98% 95%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$42,292 19,726 6.1% 98% 97%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Alliant International University

San Diego, CA

$19,300 4,184 N/A N/A 29% 6
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Argosy University 1

Orange, CA

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

$25,713 1,350 N/A N/A N/A
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Capella University 1

Minneapolis, MN

$11,952 N/A N/A 39% 8 N/A

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