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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:
$39,842 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,800
Setting:
urban
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

The Illinois Institute of Technology, a private university in Chicago, provides a variety of options for students interested in the sciences. IIT offers a wide range of engineering degree programs, as well as degrees in architecture, political science and more.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,989 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,609 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,505
Setting:
suburban
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

University at Buffalo--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1846. The school has 34.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University at Buffalo--SUNY is 14:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,763 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,788 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,809
Setting:
city
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

University of Oregon students have a variety of extracurricular options to choose from, including joining fraternities and sororities, cheering on the Ducks athletic teams, and checking out local art performances. More than 20 percent of students participate in Greek life.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,960 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,838 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,539
Setting:
city
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

A public institution, University of California--Riverside was founded in 1954. University of California--Riverside offers a Greek system, where 0.5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 0.7 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$35,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,042
Setting:
suburban
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

Located about an hour away from both Cincinnati and the Ohio state capital of Columbus, the University of Dayton is a private school that encourages its students to practice their Catholic faith on campus. Students can also get involved in more than 200 organizations, the campus radio and television stations, and Division I varsity sports.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,816 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,528 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
23,363
Setting:
city
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

At the University of South Carolina, freshmen students are eased into college life through University 101, a transition program pioneered at the school. The Columbia campus is the flagship location for the University of South Carolina system.

Tuition and fees:
$34,013 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,336
Setting:
urban
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

University of St. Thomas is a private institution that was founded in 1885. The school has 42 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of St. Thomas is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$39,810 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,867
Setting:
city
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100.

The University of the Pacific is a private college in Stockton, Calif. The school’s picturesque campus has been featured in films including All the King’s Men, Porgy & Bess, and Flubber.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,728 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,608 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,625
Setting:
rural
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Located on Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula, the Michigan Technological University campus is in the small town of Houghton, about 100 miles north of the Wisconsin border. Students at Michigan Tech have many opportunities to conduct research and participate in annual events such as the Winter Carnival.

Tuition and fees:
$40,294 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,344
Setting:
urban
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit institution located in the California Bay Area. USF is committed to giving back to the surrounding community and offers service-learning semesters for students interested in volunteer work.

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