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
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

in-state: $10,002, out-of-state: $23,654 73,378 87.9% 82% 57%
#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%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

in-state: $10,037, out-of-state: $25,757 56,387 64.0% 93% 82%
#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%
#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%
#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%
Unranked Unranked. Program too new or too small for U.S. News to calculate a ranking. Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

$13,830 50,208 96.4% 80% 8 N/A
#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%
#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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
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%
#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. University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

in-state: $15,258, out-of-state: $29,640 44,520 63.3% 94% 84%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. New York University

New York, NY

$44,848 44,516 35.0% 92% 85%
#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%
#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%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. University of Washington

Seattle, WA

in-state: $12,383, out-of-state: $29,938 42,568 59.2% 93% 80%
#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%
#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%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. University of Houston

Houston, TX

in-state: $10,272, out-of-state: $20,892 40,747 56.2% 81% 46%
#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%
#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%
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

in-state: $10,391, out-of-state: $27,073 40,223 76.9% 78% 61%
#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%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$46,298 39,958 19.9% 97% 90%
#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%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

in-state: $9,162, out-of-state: $28,348 37,197 46.8% 94% 82%
#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%
#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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of North Texas

Denton, TX

in-state: $9,078, out-of-state: $19,608 35,778 61.7% 77% 48%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

in-state: $9,415, out-of-state: $23,764 34,748 81.5% 85% 71%
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. University of Georgia

Athens, GA

in-state: $10,262, out-of-state: $28,472 34,519 56.1% 94% 82%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Brigham Young University—​Provo

Provo, UT

$4,850 34,409 54.9% 86% 77%
#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%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

in-state: $9,200, out-of-state: $22,950 33,503 53.1% 85% 67%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
University of Texas—​Arlington

Arlington, TX

in-state: $8,878, out-of-state: $19,497 33,239 58.5% 71% 42%
#141 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

in-state: $9,908, out-of-state: $28,592 32,961 65.8% 86% 66%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Boston University

Boston, MA

$44,910 32,603 45.6% 91% 84%
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

in-state: $8,942, out-of-state: $19,562 32,467 64.3% 82% 62%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

in-state: $7,534, out-of-state: $24,018 32,388 82.6% 86% 59%
#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%
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

in-state: $9,928, out-of-state: $28,138 32,092 57.4% 83% 51%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

in-state: $10,784, out-of-state: $25,816 31,798 67.1% 85% 62%
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

in-state: $12,002, out-of-state: $28,861 31,752 60.2% 85% 57%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

in-state: $10,240, out-of-state: $32,008 31,725 83.6% 84% 68%
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

in-state: $10,816, out-of-state: $28,528 31,288 60.6% 87% 72%
#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%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

in-state: $7,341, out-of-state: $19,530 31,086 79.1% 84% 66%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Iowa State University

Ames, IA

in-state: $7,726, out-of-state: $20,278 30,748 82.5% 86% 71%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

in-state: $9,313, out-of-state: $25,166 30,647 74.7% 84% 63%

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