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Tuition and fees:
$37,400 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,893
Setting:
suburban
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Attending Hofstra University, a school in Long Island, N.Y., means students are in close proximity to the attractions and internships available in New York City. Close to 15 percent of the student body is active in Greek life.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,585 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,530 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,853
Setting:
city
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University is located in the northeast region of the state and is home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, where students can train to research infectious diseases, and the Landon Lecture Series, which has hosted many prestigious speakers, including five former U.S. presidents.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,873 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,790 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
24,626
Setting:
urban
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

LSU, or Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge, is a public institution in the southeast region of the state, near the Mississippi River. Students at LSU can explore more than 350 student organizations or visit several free museums and an arboretum.
 

Tuition and fees:
$40,928 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,010
Setting:
urban
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

New School

New York, NY

New School has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,010, with a gender distribution of 28.5 percent male students and 71.5 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,380 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,344 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,685
Setting:
city
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University is a public school in Athens that operates on the quarter system. Students are required to live on campus for six quarters unless they commute from a parent’s nearby home.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,784 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,816 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,598
Setting:
urban
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) can explore more than 300 campus organizations, join Greek life, or play Division I sports. Notable UC alumni include Joseph Strauss, who designed the Golden Gate Bridge, and Abe Bookman, who invented the Magic 8-ball toy.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,908 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,592 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,653
Setting:
suburban
#141 Overall Score: 40 out of 100.

George Mason University is suburban school not far from Washington, D.C. Despite a large commuter population, the school offers a Weekends at Mason program and events for students who stick around after the school week is complete.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,002 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,654 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
59,382
Setting:
urban
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

As one of the largest schools in the country, Arizona State University offers students more than 275 majors, 500 clubs and organizations, and 300 study abroad opportunities. It has four campuses throughout Phoenix.

Tuition and fees:
$22,683 (2012-13)
Setting:
urban
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Howard University

Washington, DC

Howard University is a historically black college located in Washington, D.C. Despite its urban setting, students are permitted to bring cars to campus—though freshmen may not apply for on-campus parking.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,722 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,960 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,390
Setting:
rural
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

At Mississippi State University, students value school traditions by participating in The Drill pep rally, and by cheering with Bully, the live bulldog mascot. Notable MSU alumni include bestselling author John Grisham, who earned a degree in accounting.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,441 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,026 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,130
Setting:
city
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Oklahoma State University is a large public institution in Stillwater. The OSU Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,538 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,469 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,812
Setting:
suburban
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State University (OSU) is about 90 minutes south of Portland and an hour drive from the Pacific coast. OSU students can get involved in hundreds of clubs and Greek life and attend events such as the “Civil War” football game against University of Oregon.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,998 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,022 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,666
Setting:
city
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Newark is located in the largest city in the state. More than 60 percent of students complete majors in the Newark College of Arts and Sciences.

Tuition and fees:
$28,430 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,960
Setting:
suburban
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

St. John Fisher College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,960, with a gender distribution of 40.5 percent male students and 59.5 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$11,806 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$30,378 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,029
Setting:
suburban
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Founded in 1969, University of Texas--Dallas is a public institution. University of Texas--Dallas follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,140 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,840 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,111
Setting:
urban
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100.

New Jersey Institute of Technology is a public institution that was founded in 1881. The school has 27.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at New Jersey Institute of Technology is 16:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,760 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,728 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,060
Setting:
rural
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100.

University of Mississippi

University, MS

The University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, is a large public institution in the college town of Oxford. About 35 percent of the student body is active in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$30,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,103
Setting:
suburban
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

A private institution, Adelphi University was founded in 1896. Adelphi University offers a Greek system, where 9.4 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 12.3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,013 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,257
Setting:
city
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

Located about 130 miles southwest of Chicago, the Illinois State University campus is in the town of Normal. First year students at ISU can take the Learning in Communities seminar, allowing them to attend one of their first college courses in small groups with their peers and learn about each other and the university.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,578 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,738 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,624
Setting:
urban
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution. San Diego State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$37,260 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,840
Setting:
urban
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

St. John's University is a private institution that was founded in 1870. The school has 39.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. John's University is 17:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,904 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,394 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
11,291
Setting:
urban
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

University of Alabama--Birmingham was established in 1969 as a public institution. University of Alabama--Birmingham follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,450 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,016 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
13,398
Setting:
rural
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100.

Located in the village of Kingston, the University of Rhode Island (URI) has clubs and Division I sports on campus and nearby beaches off campus. Notable URI alumni include oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the sunken Titanic.
 

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.

University of Hawaii--Manoa has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,655, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus.

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.

University of Massachusetts--Lowell is a public institution that was founded in 1894. The school has 51.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Massachusetts--Lowell is 17:1.

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