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In-state tuition and fees:
$9,852 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,364 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,175
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

Founded in 1856, Auburn University is a public institution. Auburn University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,485 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$32,415 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,169
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Colorado School of Mines is a public institution that was founded in 1874. The school has 36.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Colorado School of Mines is 16:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,537 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,703 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,171
Setting:
city
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

At Florida State University, a public school in Tallahassee, students have more than 550 organizations to consider joining. The Florida State Seminoles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I and are especially known for baseball and football.

Tuition and fees:
$40,707 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,394
Setting:
urban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

A private institution, University of Denver was founded in 1864. University of Denver offers a Greek system, where 25 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 25 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,974 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,928
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Students at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst can choose from about 90 majors or can design their own. The school’s University Without Walls program offers flexible course schedules for adult students.

Tuition and fees:
$41,392 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,457
Setting:
urban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Founded in 1949, University of San Diego is a private institution. University of San Diego follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,144 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,464 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,356
Setting:
suburban
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Binghamton University--SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1946. The school has 35.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Binghamton University--SUNY is 20:1.

Tuition and fees:
$37,505 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
11,901
Setting:
urban
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University was established in 1891 as a private institution. Drexel University follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,415 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,764 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,996
Setting:
city
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

A public institution, University of Missouri was founded in 1839. University of Missouri offers a Greek system, where 28 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 22 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,496 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,216 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,811
Setting:
rural
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

University of New Hampshire has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,811, with a gender distribution of 45.9 percent male students and 54.1 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,726 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,278 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,555
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Founded in 1858, Iowa State University is a public institution. Iowa State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,503 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,723
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Loyola University Chicago is the largest Jesuit school in the country. The university has two locations in Chicago, known as Lake Shore and Water Tower, as well as an international campus in Rome.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,206 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,661 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
24,833
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

North Carolina State University, known as NC State for short, is the largest four-year college in the state. Students have more than 100 degree programs and more than 400 clubs and organizations to choose from.

Tuition and fees:
$36,726 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,806
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

A private institution, St. Louis University was founded in 1818. St. Louis University offers a Greek system, where 18 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 19 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,107 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,873 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,169
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,169, with a gender distribution of 50.5 percent male students and 49.5 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,068 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,968 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
19,103
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

The University of Nebraska—Lincoln, or UNL, is a large, public research institution that offers about 150 undergraduate majors. There are more than 400 student organizations to join, as well as a large community of fraternities and sororities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,341 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,530 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,982
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

The University of Oklahoma is a large, public research institution in Norman. Its campus is also home to the National Weather Center, where undergraduates can find research and study opportunities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,684 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,874 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,916
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee is a public research institution in Knoxville, one of the state’s largest cities. The UT sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and traditionally draw large crowds during football season.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,505, with a gender distribution of 54.2 percent male students and 45.8 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus.

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.

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