National University Rankings

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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
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University of Texas—​San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

in-state: $8,737, out-of-state: $19,454 30,474 73.3% 60% 28%
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Indiana University-​Purdue University—​Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

in-state: $8,756, out-of-state: $29,571 30,451 67.1% 72% 38%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Louisiana State University—​Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

in-state: $7,873, out-of-state: $25,790 30,225 76.2% 84% 67%
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

in-state: $8,061, out-of-state: $26,931 30,119 78.4% 85% 70%
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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

in-state: $5,986, out-of-state: $21,543 30,038 39.0% 79% 41%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

in-state: $9,684, out-of-state: $27,874 29,833 67.3% 85% 66%
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

in-state: $6,456, out-of-state: $19,632 29,707 85.1% 79% 56%
#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%
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University of Wisconsin—​Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

in-state: $9,882, out-of-state: $19,610 29,114 71.4% 72% 43%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

in-state: $7,274, out-of-state: $11,568 29,033 64.6% 77% 46%
#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%
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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

in-state: $11,968, out-of-state: $25,768 28,938 80.5% 76% 28%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Utah State University

Logan, UT

in-state: $6,183, out-of-state: $17,886 28,786 96.7% 72% 50%
#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%
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Portland State University

Portland, OR

in-state: $7,653, out-of-state: $22,863 28,731 70.1% 4 72% 39%
#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%
#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%
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. Kent State University

Kent, OH

in-state: $9,816, out-of-state: $17,776 28,172 83.0% 77% 52%
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

in-state: $10,110, out-of-state: $21,192 28,034 67.3% 81% 58%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Illinois—​Chicago

Chicago, IL

in-state: $13,406, out-of-state: $25,796 27,875 63.9% 80% 58%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Washington State University

Pullman, WA

in-state: $12,545, out-of-state: $25,889 27,679 76.0% 83% 67%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

in-state: $11,220, out-of-state: $23,670 27,626 63.8% 77% 58%
#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%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Ohio University

Athens, OH

in-state: $10,380, out-of-state: $19,344 27,402 77.7% 81% 64%
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University of Nevada—​Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

in-state: $6,570, out-of-state: $20,480 27,402 88.2% 76% 41%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

in-state: $10,107, out-of-state: $24,873 27,135 92.3% 79% 64%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

in-state: $5,869, out-of-state: $19,683 26,947 62.2% 80% 58%
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Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

$25,430 26,808 55.5% 70% 42%
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University of Akron

Akron, OH

in-state: $10,055, out-of-state: $18,417 26,580 96.8% 70% 40%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

in-state: $8,538, out-of-state: $23,469 26,393 78.8% 83% 60%
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

in-state: $6,105, out-of-state: $18,634 26,232 68.5% 78% 53%
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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

in-state: $9,271, out-of-state: $21,626 26,002 76.3% 73% 49%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. George Washington University

Washington, DC

$47,343 25,653 33.1% 93% 80%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

in-state: $7,441, out-of-state: $20,026 25,544 77.6% 79% 62%
#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%
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Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

in-state: $7,840, out-of-state: $24,070 25,394 66.9% 72% 45%
#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%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. DePaul University

Chicago, IL

$33,990 24,966 62.3% 86% 68%
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Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

in-state: $8,820, out-of-state: $24,480 24,670 71.7% 80% 49%
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

in-state: $10,355, out-of-state: $24,109 24,598 83.3% 74% 56%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

in-state: $7,818, out-of-state: $19,074 24,537 63.5% 83% 60%
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

in-state: $9,763, out-of-state: $29,788 24,518 74.2% 85% 68%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

in-state: $8,585, out-of-state: $21,530 24,378 99.0% 81% 58%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

in-state: $8,068, out-of-state: $20,968 24,207 64.4% 84% 65%
#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%
#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%
#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Columbia University

New York, NY

$49,138 23,168 7.4% 99% 97%
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University of Texas—​El Paso

El Paso, TX

in-state: $7,018, out-of-state: $17,639 22,749 99.8% 73% 38%
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. University of Colorado—​Denver

Denver, CO

in-state: $7,494, out-of-state: $21,006 22,396 75.9% 73% 45%
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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

in-state: $7,904, out-of-state: $15,340 22,139 64.7% 77% 41%

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