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
#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Columbia University

New York, NY

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

Cambridge, MA

$42,292 19,726 6.1% 98% 97%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

$46,752 6,277 9.8% 98% 96%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$40,170 8,010 7.9% 98% 96%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$45,890 21,339 12.6% 98% 96%
#3 Overall Score: 97 out of 100. Yale University

New Haven, CT

$44,000 11,906 7.1% 99% 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. Duke University

Durham, NC

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

Stanford, CA

$43,245 18,217 6.6% 98% 95%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$44,605 12,126 23.3% 98% 95%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,470 21,001 17.7% 97% 94%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$44,841 13,952 17.9% 97% 94%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$45,359 21,424 16.6% 96% 93%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$43,498 11,189 9.0% 97% 93%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$45,527 20,439 15.3% 97% 93%
#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%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$41,538 2,243 11.8% 98% 92%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

$38,941 6,484 16.7% 96% 92%
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Tufts University

Medford, MA

$46,598 10,837 21.4% 96% 92%
#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%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$46,386 12,508 13.2% 99% 92%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$42,978 12,710 14.2% 96% 92%
#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%
#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. Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

$46,106 5,808 39.1% 94% 90%
#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%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$44,008 14,236 26.3% 95% 90%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$46,298 39,958 19.9% 97% 90%
#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%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Yeshiva University

New York, NY

$37,600 6,753 84.0% 91% 89%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

$43,520 7,080 32.6% 94% 88%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$46,962 12,569 27.8% 96% 87%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

$44,742 7,432 34.0% 94% 87%
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

in-state: $16,992, out-of-state: $29,566 45,783 54.2% 92% 86%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. New York University

New York, NY

$44,848 44,516 35.0% 92% 85%
#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%
#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%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

$45,372 10,510 35.3% 96% 85%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Boston University

Boston, MA

$44,910 32,603 45.6% 91% 84%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

$46,269 6,999 43.6% 92% 84%
#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%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

$42,778 5,957 52.6% 95% 84%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

in-state: $10,403, out-of-state: $26,653 42,820 54.6% 95% 83%
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

in-state: $10,930, out-of-state: $25,320 31,087 70.4% 92% 83%
#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%

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