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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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Tuition and fees:
$45,470 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,153
Setting:
urban
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore, Md. that offers a wide array of academic programs in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering disciplines. The Hopkins Blue Jays men’s lacrosse team is consistently dominant in the NCAA Division I; other sports teams at Hopkins compete at the Division III level.

Tuition and fees:
$45,527 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,600
Setting:
suburban
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Northwestern University is a private school in Evanston, Ill., about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. Undergraduate students have more than 70 options for majors or can design their own non-traditional degree program.

Tuition and fees:
$45,612 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,435
Setting:
city
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Brown University

Providence, RI

At Brown University, undergraduate students are responsible for designing their own academic study with more than 70 concentration programs to choose from. Another unique offering at this private, Ivy League institution in Providence, R.I. is the Program in Liberal Medical Education, which grants both a bachelor’s degree and medical degree in eight years.

Tuition and fees:
$44,841 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,259
Setting:
suburban
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Students can study architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering at  Washington University in St. Louis, a private research institution in Missouri. Outside of class, about a quarter of the student body is involved in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$45,359 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,261
Setting:
rural
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, a private school in Ithaca, N.Y., started the country’s first colleges for hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Cornell now offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs and runs interdisciplinary research centers for nanotechnology, supercomputing, and more.

Tuition and fees:
$42,978 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,796
Setting:
urban
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University is a private institution in Nashville, Tenn. with four undergraduate colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, Peabody College, and the Blair School of Music. More than 40 percent of Vanderbilt students participate in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$38,941 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,848
Setting:
urban
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University is located in the heart of the Museum District in Houston, TX. The private institution has a need-blind admissions policy and meets the full demonstrated need of any accepted student who requires help paying tuition.

Tuition and fees:
$44,605 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,475
Setting:
city
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The University of Notre Dame is a private, independent, Catholic institution in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame’s athletic teams, known as the Fighting Irish, play in the NCAA Division I and are particularly competitive on the football field.

Tuition and fees:
$44,008 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,656
Setting:
city
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Students can begin their education at the school's main location in a suburb of Atlanta, known as Emory College, or at Oxford College, a smaller campus about 40 miles away. This private institution offers about 70 majors in the arts and sciences, as well as degrees in business administration and nursing.

Tuition and fees:
$44,805 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,552
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the country. The school's location in Washington, D.C. gives students many opportunities for internships throughout the nation's capital.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,864 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,774
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

The University of California—Berkeley overlooks the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Students at this public school have more than 700 organizations to get involved in, including more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters.

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