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
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

$40,707 11,656 67.6% 87% 76%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Texas A&M University—​College Station

College Station, TX

in-state: $8,506, out-of-state: $25,126 50,227 67.1% 92% 80%
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U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Indiana University-​Purdue University—​Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

in-state: $8,756, out-of-state: $29,571 30,451 67.1% 72% 38%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

in-state: $10,784, out-of-state: $25,816 31,798 67.1% 85% 62%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

in-state: $7,840, out-of-state: $24,070 25,394 66.9% 72% 45%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

$30,800 7,859 66.5% 81% 66%
#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%
#141 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

in-state: $9,908, out-of-state: $28,592 32,961 65.8% 86% 66%
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

in-state: $6,524, out-of-state: $19,600 12,420 65.7% 79% 56%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Widener University

Chester, PA

$38,028 6,238 65.5% 72% 55%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Texas A&M University—​Commerce

Commerce, TX

in-state: $6,583, out-of-state: $17,113 11,187 65.1% 68% 8 36%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. New School

New York, NY

$40,928 10,575 65.0% 81% 65%
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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%
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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

in-state: $7,904, out-of-state: $15,340 22,139 64.7% 77% 41%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

in-state: $7,274, out-of-state: $11,568 29,033 64.6% 77% 46%
#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%
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

in-state: $8,942, out-of-state: $19,562 32,467 64.3% 82% 62%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

$28,430 4,008 64.2% 83% 75%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

in-state: $10,037, out-of-state: $25,757 56,387 64.0% 93% 82%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Illinois—​Chicago

Chicago, IL

in-state: $13,406, out-of-state: $25,796 27,875 63.9% 80% 58%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

in-state: $11,220, out-of-state: $23,670 27,626 63.8% 77% 58%
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ

in-state: $15,140, out-of-state: $27,840 9,944 63.7% 82% 54%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$36,726 13,981 63.7% 86% 70%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

in-state: $7,818, out-of-state: $19,074 24,537 63.5% 83% 60%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

in-state: $15,258, out-of-state: $29,640 44,520 63.3% 94% 84%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

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

Chicago, IL

$33,990 24,966 62.3% 86% 68%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

in-state: $5,869, out-of-state: $19,683 26,947 62.2% 80% 58%
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%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, NY

$41,328 4,652 62.1% 86% 62%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of North Texas

Denton, TX

in-state: $9,078, out-of-state: $19,608 35,778 61.7% 77% 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%
#68 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

in-state: $9,992, out-of-state: $28,794 39,256 61.3% 89% 70%
#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%
#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%
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA

in-state: $9,080, out-of-state: $19,014 15,379 61.0% 75% 50%
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

in-state: $13,499, out-of-state: $27,523 40,434 60.9% 92% 79%
#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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL

in-state: $6,357, out-of-state: $18,625 12,651 60.8% 74% 45%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

$35,972 15,364 60.7% 85% 75%
#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%
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%

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