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
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

$35,800 11,159 55.2% 87% 78%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

$35,820 9,830 84.4% 82% 67%
#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%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

$35,972 15,364 60.7% 85% 75%
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

$36,020 5,384 59.1% 77% 55%
#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%
#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%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

$36,590 9,727 40.9% 87% 75%
#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%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

in-state: $15,718, out-of-state: $36,646 13,097 76.7% 86% 76%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$36,726 13,981 63.7% 86% 70%
#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%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. St. John's University

Queens, NY

$37,260 21,087 53.2% 78% 59%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

$37,400 11,023 58.7% 78% 61%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

$37,505 18,067 74.9% 84% 65%
#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%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Yeshiva University

New York, NY

$37,600 6,753 84.0% 91% 89%
#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%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Widener University

Chester, PA

$38,028 6,238 65.5% 72% 55%
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Pace University

New York, NY

$38,069 12,772 76.8% 78% 58%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

$38,526 6,838 63.2% 81% 67%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

$38,941 6,484 16.7% 96% 92%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

$39,550 3,503 70.1% 89% 80%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$39,810 6,652 37.8% 85% 63%
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

$39,842 7,683 55.0% 93% 68%
#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%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$40,170 8,010 7.9% 98% 96%
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$40,294 10,017 69.2% 85% 67%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$40,458 21,029 51.3% 92% 82%
#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%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

$40,610 3,604 76.1% 87% 71%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. American University

Washington, DC

$40,649 12,904 44.2% 90% 77%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

$40,707 11,656 67.6% 87% 76%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. New School

New York, NY

$40,928 10,575 65.0% 81% 65%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, NY

$41,328 4,652 62.1% 86% 62%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$41,392 8,105 42.6% 88% 76%
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$41,538 2,243 11.8% 98% 92%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

$41,686 20,447 31.9% 94% 79%
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$41,800 10,026 54.3% 92% 78%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$42,292 19,726 6.1% 98% 97%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

$42,778 5,957 52.6% 95% 84%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$42,978 12,710 14.2% 96% 92%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$43,245 18,217 6.6% 98% 95%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$43,498 11,189 9.0% 97% 93%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

$43,520 7,080 32.6% 94% 88%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$43,561 5,649 42.7% 92% 78%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Fordham University

New York, NY

$43,577 15,170 42.9% 89% 81%
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

$43,800 10,893 53.8% 89% 79%

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