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
#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%
#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%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

$46,269 6,999 43.6% 92% 84%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$43,561 5,649 42.7% 92% 78%
#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%
#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%
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$41,800 10,026 54.3% 92% 78%
#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%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

in-state: $17,100, out-of-state: $27,106 28,769 56.1% 92% 79%
#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%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. New York University

New York, NY

$44,848 44,516 35.0% 92% 85%
#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%
#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%
#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. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$40,458 21,029 51.3% 92% 82%
#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. University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

in-state: $13,746, out-of-state: $36,624 21,927 44.0% 91% 86%
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

in-state: $12,863, out-of-state: $33,750 48,906 70.6% 91% 79%
#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%
#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%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$44,902 7,319 38.5% 91% 81%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Yeshiva University

New York, NY

$37,600 6,753 84.0% 91% 89%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. American University

Washington, DC

$40,649 12,904 44.2% 90% 77%
#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%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

$46,930 13,486 27.3% 90% 75%
#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%
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

in-state: $13,555, out-of-state: $19,805 51,853 49.5% 90% 73%
#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%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

$39,550 3,503 70.1% 89% 80%
#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%
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

$43,800 10,893 53.8% 89% 79%
#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%
#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. Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

in-state: $13,799, out-of-state: $29,589 17,683 72.8% 89% 80%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Fordham University

New York, NY

$43,577 15,170 42.9% 89% 81%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

$34,640 11,749 55.2% 89% 80%
#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. Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

in-state: $9,852, out-of-state: $26,364 25,134 77.2% 88% 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%
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

$34,013 10,316 86.7% 88% 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%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$41,392 8,105 42.6% 88% 76%
#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%
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

$35,800 11,159 55.2% 87% 78%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

$40,707 11,656 67.6% 87% 76%
#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%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

$36,590 9,727 40.9% 87% 75%

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