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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:
$46,962 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,279
Setting:
urban
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

Carnegie Mellon University, a private institution in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the country’s only school founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The school specializes in academic areas including engineering, business, computer science, and fine arts.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,696 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,574 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,941
Setting:
urban
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

The University of California—Los Angeles is just five miles away from the Pacific Ocean. The public institution offers more than 3,000 courses and more than 130 majors to undergraduate students.

Tuition and fees:
$46,298 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,316
Setting:
urban
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

Undergraduates study in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California, a private school based in Los Angeles. The USC Trojans compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference and are particularly competitive in football.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,458 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$39,844 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,822
Setting:
city
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia is a public institution that was founded in 1819. The school has 54.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Virginia is 16:1.

Tuition and fees:
$44,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,815
Setting:
suburban
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University was established in 1834 as a private institution. Wake Forest University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$46,598 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,255
Setting:
suburban
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100.

Tufts University

Medford, MA

A private institution, Tufts University was founded in 1852. Tufts University offers a Greek system, where 11.2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 19.1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,819 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$40,496 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,979
Setting:
city
#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100.

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,979, with a gender distribution of 51.2 percent male students and 48.8 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$30,122 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,503
Setting:
suburban
#30 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

Founded in 1789, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is a public institution. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$45,622 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,110
Setting:
suburban
#31 Overall Score: 70 out of 100.

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College is a private institution that was founded in 1863. The school has 52.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Boston College is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$46,106 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,588
Setting:
suburban
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100.

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis University was established in 1948 as a private institution. Brandeis University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,464 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$37,852 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,171
Setting:
suburban
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100.

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

A public institution, College of William and Mary was founded in 1693. College of William and Mary offers a Greek system, where 30 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 25 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$44,848 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,498
Setting:
urban
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100.

New York University

New York, NY

New York University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,498, with a gender distribution of 39.9 percent male students and 60.1 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$45,372 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,785
Setting:
suburban
#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100.

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Founded in 1850, University of Rochester is a private institution. University of Rochester follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

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