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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.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,391 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,073 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
31,565
Setting:
city
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

The University of Arizona offers its students a wide variety of ways to get involved, from joining the ZonaZoo cheering section at Wildcats sports games to checking out the burgeoning Greek scene with more than 30 fraternities and sororities.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,110 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,192 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,827
Setting:
city
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Located in the city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky offers Division I sports, Greek life, and nearly 350 student organizations. Off campus, Lexington can also be a source of fun for students, who can shop, golf, tour a museum, browse the farmers’ market, or spend a day at the horse track.

Tuition and fees:
$38,526 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,694
Setting:
urban
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church. With the school’s location in Washington, D.C., students have easy access to national landmarks.

Tuition and fees:
$40,610 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,072
Setting:
rural
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University is a private institution in northern New York, where students can attend several annual events, get involved with Greek life, and explore numerous varsity and recreational sports. Off campus, Clarkson students can discover the nearby Adirondack Mountains and Lake Placid, drive an hour to Canada or take a day trip to New York City.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,313 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,166 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
23,479
Setting:
city
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University, also known as CSU, is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the city of Fort Collins. CSU students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty, join one of the hundreds of campus organizations or cheer on more than 15 Division I sports teams.

Tuition and fees:
$33,990 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,498
Setting:
urban
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University is a large institution spread across six campuses in and around Chicago. The university offers a variety of academic programs, including the School for New Learning, which caters exclusively to adult students.

Tuition and fees:
$31,385 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,832
Setting:
urban
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University is a private institution that was founded in 1878. The school has 42.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Duquesne University is 15:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$14,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,710 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,567
Setting:
urban
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University is an urban college in Philadelphia that encourages students to find their own roommates. Center City, a hub of shopping and city life, is less than two miles from campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,534 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,018 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
24,840
Setting:
urban
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

The University of Utah is known to students as the U of U or simply The U. Its campus is located in the state capital, Salt Lake City.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,510 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,675 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,843
Setting:
rural
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Missouri University of Science & Technology largely focuses on engineering and science degrees. Engineering majors include aerospace, mining, petroleum, nuclear and more.

Tuition and fees:
$41,328 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,071
Setting:
urban
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

The Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU—Poly) emphasizes research, innovation and a combination of academic and professional experience. The school is affiliated with New York University.

Tuition and fees:
$35,820 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,497
Setting:
suburban
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

A private, Catholic school in South Orange, N.J., Seton Hall University is about a 30-minute train ride to New York City. Many students take advantage of the university’s location by interning and job hunting in the nearby city while still enjoying the clubs, Greek life, and Division I sports on campus.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,140 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,460 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,875
Setting:
suburban
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

The University at Albany, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers a wide range of academic programs, including many highly ranked graduate degrees such as criminal justice and public affairs. Notable Albany alumni include Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major political office in America and the subject of the movie "Milk," starring Sean Penn.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,818 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,074 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,350
Setting:
city
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

Located in the city of Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is a public school with many opportunities for students on campus, including several media outlets and events featuring famous speakers and musical acts. Graduate students can choose from several programs, including those in the law school, where Bill and Hillary Clinton taught before they moved to the White House.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,406 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,796 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,678
Setting:
urban
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

The University of Illinois—Chicago, also known as UIC, is a large, public research institution. Each spring, students present their findings at the Student Research Forum.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,545 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,889 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
23,135
Setting:
rural
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Washington State University is a public school that is committed to research. In addition to its campus in Pullman, the school has regional locations in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, as well as in Vancouver.

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