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
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $10,068, out-of-state: $21,642 13,637 60.4% 85% 61%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$44,841 13,952 17.9% 97% 94%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$36,726 13,981 63.7% 86% 70%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$44,008 14,236 26.3% 95% 90%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

in-state: $9,011, out-of-state: $19,631 14,288 88.3% 62% 32%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND

in-state: $7,233, out-of-state: $17,478 14,443 83.6% 78% 53%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL

in-state: $8,152, out-of-state: $15,504 14,636 87.2% 66% 37%
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

in-state: $6,821, out-of-state: $20,648 14,660 57.6% 74% 49%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Nebraska—​Omaha

Omaha, NE

in-state: $6,510, out-of-state: $16,520 14,786 80.0% 73% 46%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

in-state: $6,927, out-of-state: $14,961 14,893 95.2% 71% 41%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

in-state: $7,697, out-of-state: $15,372 15,133 89.2% 70% 41%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Texas Woman's University

Denton, TX

in-state: $7,050, out-of-state: $17,580 15,168 86.2% 71% 47%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Fordham University

New York, NY

$43,577 15,170 42.9% 89% 81%
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

in-state: $7,254, out-of-state: $17,170 15,250 73.7% 77% 54%
#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%
#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%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

$35,972 15,364 60.7% 85% 75%
#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%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Duke University

Durham, NC

$45,476 15,386 13.4% 97% 95%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

$35,503 15,720 81.2% 86% 70%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Trident University International

Cypress, CA

$6,120 15,845 N/A N/A 72% 6
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%
#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%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#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%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

in-state: $12,450, out-of-state: $28,016 16,451 76.9% 81% 63%
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 Louisiana—​Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

in-state: $5,374, out-of-state: $14,344 16,687 60.4% 75% 44%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Missouri—​St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

in-state: $9,474, out-of-state: $24,429 16,719 68.7% 75% 47%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Wright State University

Dayton, OH

in-state: $8,542, out-of-state: $16,546 16,780 68.7% 65% 40%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH

in-state: $10,721, out-of-state: $18,029 17,286 73.6% 74% 58%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

in-state: $8,140, out-of-state: $18,460 17,316 55.5% 85% 64%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#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.
Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

in-state: $9,289, out-of-state: $12,411 17,525 63.2% 65% 34%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

in-state: $6,220, out-of-state: $19,644 17,651 80.1% 72% 44%
#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%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

in-state: $8,904, out-of-state: $20,394 17,999 73.4% 80% 48%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

$37,505 18,067 74.9% 84% 65%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

in-state: $6,388, out-of-state: $20,186 18,172 60.0% 77% 54%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$43,245 18,217 6.6% 98% 95%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. University of Nevada—​Reno

Reno, NV

in-state: $6,154, out-of-state: $20,064 18,227 83.0% 79% 54%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
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%
#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. Southern Illinois University—​Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

in-state: $12,104, out-of-state: $24,970 18,847 51.4% 66% 50%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$42,292 19,726 6.1% 98% 97%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. University of Texas—​Dallas

Richardson, TX

in-state: $11,806, out-of-state: $30,378 19,727 52.0% 84% 64%
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%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

in-state: $6,722, out-of-state: $16,960 20,365 69.3% 82% 60% 6

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