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In-state tuition and fees:
$9,904 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,472 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,655
Setting:
urban
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100.

A public institution, University of Hawaii--Manoa was founded in 1907. University of Hawaii--Manoa offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,068 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,642 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,953
Setting:
suburban
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100.

University of Maryland— Baltimore County (UMBC) offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate programs. Students can have fun outside of academics by participating in about 250 student organizations, pledging with one of the nearly 20 fraternities and sororities, and playing Division I sports

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,097 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,210 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,287
Setting:
city
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100.

Founded in 1894, University of Massachusetts--Lowell is a public institution. University of Massachusetts--Lowell follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$25,002 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,980
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

Maryville University of St. Louis is a private institution that was founded in 1872. The school has 64.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Maryville University of St. Louis is 12:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,942 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,562 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,481
Setting:
city
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University is a large public school in the college town of Lubbock. The Red Raiders sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference and are particularly well known for football and basketball.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,524 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,928
Setting:
rural
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

At University of Idaho in Moscow, students can explore the restaurants and festivals in the city, or get involved with more than 200 clubs and Division I sports on campus. Idaho’s silver-and-gold sports teams are called the Vandals, thanks to an old newspaper account of the 1917 basketball team vandalizing their opponents on the court.

Tuition and fees:
$35,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,499
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

University of La Verne has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,499, with a gender distribution of 39.6 percent male students and 60.4 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,750 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,638 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,727
Setting:
urban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

At the University of Louisville in Kentucky, students can participate in Division I sports, Greek life, and more than 250 clubs. The campus is also home to an art museum, planetarium, and Auguste Rodin’s original sculpture of The Thinker.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,404 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,124 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,194
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

At the University of Wyoming, students can study in nearly 200 programs, including those in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Through this program, students can explore many interesting places and activities in courses such as Alaska Mountaineering, Himalaya Backpacking, and Baja Sea Kayaking.

Tuition and fees:
$36,020 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,978
Setting:
city
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

The Florida Institute of Technology originally started as a training facility for space industry professionals and now offers a wide range of degree programs to undergraduates. About half of the student body enrolls in the school’s College of Business.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,594 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,454 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,778
Setting:
rural
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

At the University of Maine, students participate in annual events such as Maine Day, when the school hosts a parade, and then together, everyone helps clean the campus. Notable UMaine alumni include bestselling horror author Stephen King, who wrote Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,002 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,861 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
23,951
Setting:
urban
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a public school in Richmond. Cheering on the school’s Division I sports teams, the VCU Rams, is a popular outlet for students.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,317 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,415 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
50,968
Setting:
suburban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

The University of Central Florida is based in Orlando and has regional campuses throughout the middle of the state. The school has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students to consider joining.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,410 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,325 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,289
Setting:
urban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

The University of South Florida, or USF, is a large public school that is committed to research. The school has a sizeable commuter population and offers bus transportation and a commuter network to accommodate students who don’t live on campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,456 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,632 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,827
Setting:
suburban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

A public school in the small city of Morgantown, West Virginia University offers several degrees and is home to the Center for Civic Engagement, which gives class credit for community service. Students can also get involved with Greek life, Division I sports, and more than 300 student organizations.

Tuition and fees:
$32,256 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,224
Setting:
suburban
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

A private institution, Azusa Pacific University was founded in 1899.

Tuition and fees:
$38,069 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,336
Setting:
urban
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

Pace University

New York, NY

Pace University students can choose from the school’s two campuses: one in the Financial District of New York City, the other in suburban Pleasantville, N.Y. Inside the Actors Studio, a television show on Bravo, is filmed at the school’s urban location.

Tuition and fees:
$29,315 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,985
Setting:
city
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

Founded in 1912, St. Mary's University of Minnesota is a private institution. St. Mary's University of Minnesota follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,254 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,170 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
11,953
Setting:
city
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

Located on the eastern edge of the state in the city of Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota (UND) offers nearly 300 academic fields, including a highly ranked rural medicine program. Notable UND alumni include Sally Smith, CEO of the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant franchise.

Tuition and fees:
$32,142 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,337
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University was established in 1908 as a private institution. Biola University follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,080 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,014 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
13,058
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, better known as IUP, is located about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and offers Division II sports, Greek life, and more than 200 campus clubs. Notable IUP alumni include Chad Hurley, the cofounder and former CEO of YouTube.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,952 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,024 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,552
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Students at Northern Illinois University (NIU) can join more than 200 clubs, nearly 40 Greek-letter organizations, and numerous Division I sports teams. Notable NIU alumni include Dan Castellaneta, who voices several characters on the animated television show The Simpsons.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,104 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,970 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,130
Setting:
rural
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale is a public institution. Southern Illinois University--Carbondale follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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