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
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

$39,842 7,683 55.0% 93% 68%
#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%
#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%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of California—​Riverside

Riverside, CA

in-state: $12,960, out-of-state: $35,838 21,005 62.7% 87% 70%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

$35,800 11,159 55.2% 87% 78%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

in-state: $10,816, out-of-state: $28,528 31,288 60.6% 87% 72%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

$34,013 10,316 86.7% 88% 74%
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$39,810 6,652 37.8% 85% 63%
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

in-state: $13,728, out-of-state: $28,608 6,947 76.6% 83% 66%
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$40,294 10,017 69.2% 85% 67%
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

in-state: $10,391, out-of-state: $27,073 40,223 76.9% 78% 61%
#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%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

$38,526 6,838 63.2% 81% 67%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

$40,610 3,604 76.1% 87% 71%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

in-state: $9,313, out-of-state: $25,166 30,647 74.7% 84% 63%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. DePaul University

Chicago, IL

$33,990 24,966 62.3% 86% 68%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

$31,385 9,956 74.7% 87% 74%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

in-state: $14,340, out-of-state: $24,710 36,744 67.2% 88% 66%
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

in-state: $7,534, out-of-state: $24,018 32,388 82.6% 86% 59%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Missouri University of Science & Technology

Rolla, MO

in-state: $9,510, out-of-state: $24,675 7,647 89.6% 85% 65%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, NY

$41,328 4,652 62.1% 86% 62%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

$35,820 9,830 84.4% 82% 67%
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

in-state: $8,140, out-of-state: $18,460 17,316 55.5% 85% 64%
#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%
#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%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

$37,400 11,023 58.7% 78% 61%
#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%
#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%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. New School

New York, NY

$40,928 10,575 65.0% 81% 65%
#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%
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

in-state: $10,784, out-of-state: $25,816 31,798 67.1% 85% 62%
#141 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

in-state: $9,908, out-of-state: $28,592 32,961 65.8% 86% 66%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

in-state: $10,002, out-of-state: $23,654 73,378 87.9% 82% 57%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Howard University 1

Washington, DC

$22,683 N/A 53.9% 4 82% 8 65% 6
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

in-state: $6,722, out-of-state: $16,960 20,365 69.3% 82% 60% 6
#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%
#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%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Newark

Newark, NJ

in-state: $12,998, out-of-state: $27,022 12,011 57.5% 86% 61%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

$28,430 4,008 64.2% 83% 75%
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. University of Texas—​Dallas

Richardson, TX

in-state: $11,806, out-of-state: $30,378 19,727 52.0% 84% 64%
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ

in-state: $15,140, out-of-state: $27,840 9,944 63.7% 82% 54%
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. University of Mississippi

University, MS

in-state: $6,760, out-of-state: $17,728 18,794 61.1% 82% 58%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

$30,800 7,859 66.5% 81% 66%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Illinois State University

Normal, IL

in-state: $12,573, out-of-state: $20,013 20,706 74.0% 84% 71%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

in-state: $6,578, out-of-state: $17,738 31,597 31.3% 86% 67%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. St. John's University

Queens, NY

$37,260 21,087 53.2% 78% 59%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

in-state: $8,904, out-of-state: $20,394 17,999 73.4% 80% 48%
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

in-state: $12,450, out-of-state: $28,016 16,451 76.9% 81% 63%
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Hawaii—​Manoa

Honolulu, HI

in-state: $9,904, out-of-state: $27,472 20,426 81.2% 79% 56%
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

in-state: $10,068, out-of-state: $21,642 13,637 60.4% 85% 61%
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Lowell

Lowell, MA

in-state: $12,097, out-of-state: $19,210 16,294 65.8% 80% 54%

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