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
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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. Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

in-state: $10,930, out-of-state: $25,320 31,087 70.4% 92% 83%
#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. Brigham Young University—​Provo

Provo, UT

$4,850 34,409 54.9% 86% 77%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Clemson University

Clemson, SC

in-state: $13,382, out-of-state: $30,816 20,768 57.9% 90% 82%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$40,458 21,029 51.3% 92% 82%
#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%
#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%
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

$42,778 5,957 52.6% 95% 84%
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

$43,800 10,893 53.8% 89% 79%
#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%
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Fordham University

New York, NY

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

Malibu, CA

$44,902 7,319 38.5% 91% 81%
#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%
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. George Washington University

Washington, DC

$47,343 25,653 33.1% 93% 80%
#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. Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

$46,930 13,486 27.3% 90% 75%
#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%
#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%
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

$41,686 20,447 31.9% 94% 79%
#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%
#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%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$42,852 16,172 39.7% 91% 81%
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Yeshiva University

New York, NY

$37,600 6,753 84.0% 91% 89%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Boston University

Boston, MA

$44,910 32,603 45.6% 91% 84%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

$43,520 7,080 32.6% 94% 88%
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

$46,269 6,999 43.6% 92% 84%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$41,800 10,026 54.3% 92% 78%
#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%
#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%

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