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
#36 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

in-state: $10,650, out-of-state: $29,954 21,557 54.9% 94% 79%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

$46,106 5,808 39.1% 94% 90%
#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%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. New York University

New York, NY

$44,848 44,516 35.0% 92% 85%
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

$45,372 10,510 35.3% 96% 85%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#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%
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Tufts University

Medford, MA

$46,598 10,837 21.4% 96% 92%
#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%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$46,962 12,569 27.8% 96% 87%
#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%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$46,298 39,958 19.9% 97% 90%
#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%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

$44,742 7,432 34.0% 94% 87%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$44,008 14,236 26.3% 95% 90%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$44,805 17,357 17.0% 96% 93%
#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%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

$38,941 6,484 16.7% 96% 92%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$44,605 12,126 23.3% 98% 95%
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$42,978 12,710 14.2% 96% 92%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$45,359 21,424 16.6% 96% 93%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Brown University

Providence, RI

$45,612 8,885 9.6% 98% 95%
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$44,841 13,952 17.9% 97% 94%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,470 21,001 17.7% 97% 94%
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$45,527 20,439 15.3% 97% 93%

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