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
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#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%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. American University

Washington, DC

$40,649 12,904 44.2% 90% 77%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

$35,972 15,364 60.7% 85% 75%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

$39,550 3,503 70.1% 89% 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%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

$34,640 11,749 55.2% 89% 80%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

in-state: $13,799, out-of-state: $29,589 17,683 72.8% 89% 80%
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Delaware

Newark, DE

in-state: $12,112, out-of-state: $29,932 21,081 56.6% 92% 80%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

$43,561 5,649 42.7% 92% 78%
#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%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

$36,590 9,727 40.9% 87% 75%
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

in-state: $15,718, out-of-state: $36,646 13,097 76.7% 86% 76%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

in-state: $6,995, out-of-state: $16,445 2,401 50.7% 85% 67%
#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%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of California—​Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

in-state: $13,416, out-of-state: $36,294 17,404 60.9% 90% 77%
#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%
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

$33,702 4,326 40.7% 87% 66%
#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%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

in-state: $16,485, out-of-state: $32,415 5,632 37.4% 89% 66%
#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%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

$40,707 11,656 67.6% 87% 76%
#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%
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$41,392 8,105 42.6% 88% 76%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

in-state: $8,144, out-of-state: $18,464 15,308 42.9% 91% 79%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

$37,505 18,067 74.9% 84% 65%
#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%
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

in-state: $16,496, out-of-state: $29,216 15,301 77.9% 87% 77%
#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%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

$35,503 15,720 81.2% 86% 70%
#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%
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$36,726 13,981 63.7% 86% 70%
#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%
#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%
#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. University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

in-state: $9,684, out-of-state: $27,874 29,833 67.3% 85% 66%

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