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
#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%
#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%
#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%
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

$45,622 13,783 28.8% 95% 92%
#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%

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