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
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

in-state: $9,790, out-of-state: $33,824 52,186 46.8% 92% 79%
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

in-state: $6,317, out-of-state: $22,415 59,767 46.2% 87% 65%
#39 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. University of California—​Davis

Davis, CA

in-state: $13,896, out-of-state: $36,774 32,354 45.7% 92% 85%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Boston University

Boston, MA

$44,910 32,603 45.6% 91% 84%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

in-state: $12,022, out-of-state: $30,970 25,483 44.7% 93% 82%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. American University

Washington, DC

$40,649 12,904 44.2% 90% 77%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

in-state: $6,263, out-of-state: $28,541 49,913 44.1% 96% 85%
#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%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

$46,269 6,999 43.6% 92% 84%
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

in-state: $6,410, out-of-state: $17,325 40,111 43.2% 88% 57%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Fordham University

New York, NY

$43,577 15,170 42.9% 89% 81%
#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%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$43,561 5,649 42.7% 92% 78%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$41,392 8,105 42.6% 88% 76%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. University of California—​Irvine

Irvine, CA

in-state: $14,688, out-of-state: $37,566 27,479 42.4% 94% 86%
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Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, WI

$25,450 4,641 42.1% 68% 43%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

$36,590 9,727 40.9% 87% 75%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

$33,702 4,326 40.7% 87% 66%
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U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Florida International University

Miami, FL

in-state: $6,540, out-of-state: $18,939 46,261 40.5% 82% 49%
#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%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

$46,106 5,808 39.1% 94% 90%
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U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

in-state: $5,986, out-of-state: $21,543 30,038 39.0% 79% 41%
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

$35,000 4,973 39.0% 83% 59%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$44,902 7,319 38.5% 91% 81%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$39,810 6,652 37.8% 85% 63%
#39 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. University of California—​San Diego

La Jolla, CA

in-state: $13,234, out-of-state: $36,112 28,294 37.8% 95% 86%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI

$25,470 3,551 37.5% 79% 59%
#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%
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

in-state: $13,819, out-of-state: $40,496 43,426 36.6% 96% 91%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

$45,372 10,510 35.3% 96% 85%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. New York University

New York, NY

$44,848 44,516 35.0% 92% 85%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

$44,742 7,432 34.0% 94% 87%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. George Washington University

Washington, DC

$47,343 25,653 33.1% 93% 80%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

$43,520 7,080 32.6% 94% 88%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

in-state: $15,464, out-of-state: $37,852 8,258 32.2% 95% 90%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

$41,686 20,447 31.9% 94% 79%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Jackson State University 1

Jackson, MS

in-state: $5,888, out-of-state: $14,576 N/A 31.3% 4 75% 8 42% 6
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

in-state: $6,578, out-of-state: $17,738 31,597 31.3% 86% 67%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
National-​Louis University 1

Chicago, IL

$18,930 N/A 29.8% 4 41% 8 20% 6
#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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Spalding University

Louisville, KY

$20,550 2,516 29.3% 73% 38%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$46,962 12,569 27.8% 96% 87%
#30 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

in-state: $8,340, out-of-state: $30,122 29,278 27.6% 97% 89%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

$46,930 13,486 27.3% 90% 75%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$44,008 14,236 26.3% 95% 90%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$44,605 12,126 23.3% 98% 95%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

in-state: $12,696, out-of-state: $35,574 41,341 22.0% 97% 92%
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Tufts University

Medford, MA

$46,598 10,837 21.4% 96% 92%

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