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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:
$40,170 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,336
Setting:
suburban
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100.

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The ivy-covered campus of Princeton University, a private institution, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, N.J. Princeton was the first university to offer a “no loan” policy to financially needy students, giving grants instead of loans to accepted students who need help paying tuition.

Tuition and fees:
$42,292 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,658
Setting:
city
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100.

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is a private institution in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. This Ivy League school is the oldest higher education institution in the country and has the largest endowment of any school in the world.

Tuition and fees:
$44,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,405
Setting:
city
#3 Overall Score: 97 out of 100.

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University, located in New Haven, Conn., offers a small college life with the resources of a major research institution. Yale students are divided into 12 residential colleges that foster a supportive environment for living, learning, and socializing.

Tuition and fees:
$49,138 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,068
Setting:
urban
#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100.

Columbia University

New York, NY

Columbia University has three undergraduate schools: Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the School of General Studies. This Ivy League, private school guarantees students housing for all four years on campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City.

Tuition and fees:
$43,245 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,063
Setting:
suburban
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100.

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The sunny campus of Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The private institution stresses a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

Tuition and fees:
$46,386 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,590
Setting:
urban
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100.

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago, situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community, offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting. Since 1987, the private institution has hosted the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, a four-day event that is regarded as the largest scavenger hunt in the world.

Tuition and fees:
$45,476 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,655
Setting:
suburban
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Duke University

Durham, NC

Located in Durham, N.C., Duke University is a private institution that has liberal arts and engineering programs for undergraduates. The Duke Blue Devils sports teams have a fierce rivalry with the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Tar Heels and are best known for their outstanding men's basketball program.

Tuition and fees:
$43,498 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,503
Setting:
urban
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be best known for its math, science, and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management, and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

Tuition and fees:
$45,890 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,682
Setting:
urban
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. Students can study in one of four schools that grant undergraduate degrees: Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Wharton.

Tuition and fees:
$41,538 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
997
Setting:
suburban
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100.

The California Institute of Technology focuses on science and engineering education and has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1. This private institution in Pasadena, Calif. is actively involved in research projects with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuition and fees:
$46,752 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,193
Setting:
rural
#10 Overall Score: 91 out of 100.

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College, a private institution in Hanover, N.H., uses quarters, not semesters, to divide the school year. Among more than 300 student organizations at Dartmouth is the Outing Club, the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate club of its kind, which offers outdoor activities, expeditions, gear rentals, and courses.

Tuition and fees:
$45,470 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,153
Setting:
urban
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore, Md. that offers a wide array of academic programs in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering disciplines. The Hopkins Blue Jays men’s lacrosse team is consistently dominant in the NCAA Division I; other sports teams at Hopkins compete at the Division III level.

Tuition and fees:
$45,527 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,600
Setting:
suburban
#12 Overall Score: 89 out of 100.

Northwestern University is a private school in Evanston, Ill., about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. Undergraduate students have more than 70 options for majors or can design their own non-traditional degree program.

Tuition and fees:
$45,612 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,435
Setting:
city
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Brown University

Providence, RI

At Brown University, undergraduate students are responsible for designing their own academic study with more than 70 concentration programs to choose from. Another unique offering at this private, Ivy League institution in Providence, R.I. is the Program in Liberal Medical Education, which grants both a bachelor’s degree and medical degree in eight years.

Tuition and fees:
$44,841 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,259
Setting:
suburban
#14 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Students can study architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering at  Washington University in St. Louis, a private research institution in Missouri. Outside of class, about a quarter of the student body is involved in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$45,359 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,261
Setting:
rural
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, a private school in Ithaca, N.Y., started the country’s first colleges for hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Cornell now offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs and runs interdisciplinary research centers for nanotechnology, supercomputing, and more.

Tuition and fees:
$42,978 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,796
Setting:
urban
#17 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University is a private institution in Nashville, Tenn. with four undergraduate colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, Peabody College, and the Blair School of Music. More than 40 percent of Vanderbilt students participate in Greek life.

Tuition and fees:
$38,941 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,848
Setting:
urban
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University is located in the heart of the Museum District in Houston, TX. The private institution has a need-blind admissions policy and meets the full demonstrated need of any accepted student who requires help paying tuition.

Tuition and fees:
$44,605 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,475
Setting:
city
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The University of Notre Dame is a private, independent, Catholic institution in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame’s athletic teams, known as the Fighting Irish, play in the NCAA Division I and are particularly competitive on the football field.

Tuition and fees:
$44,008 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,656
Setting:
city
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Students can begin their education at the school's main location in a suburb of Atlanta, known as Emory College, or at Oxford College, a smaller campus about 40 miles away. This private institution offers about 70 majors in the arts and sciences, as well as degrees in business administration and nursing.

Tuition and fees:
$44,805 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,552
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in the country. The school's location in Washington, D.C. gives students many opportunities for internships throughout the nation's capital.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,864 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,774
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

The University of California—Berkeley overlooks the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Students at this public school have more than 700 organizations to get involved in, including more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters.

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.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,650 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,954 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,527
Setting:
urban
#36 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

Georgia Institute of Technology is a public institution that was founded in 1885. The school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Georgia Institute of Technology is 18:1.

Tuition and fees:
$41,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,386
Setting:
urban
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100.

Case Western Reserve University was established in 1826 as a private institution. Case Western Reserve University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,566 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
39,192
Setting:
city
#37 Overall Score: 66 out of 100.

A public institution, Pennsylvania State University--University Park was founded in 1855. Pennsylvania State University--University Park offers a Greek system, where 14 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 14 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,896 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,774 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,759
Setting:
city
#39 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

University of California--Davis has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,759, with a gender distribution of 44.6 percent male students and 55.4 percent female students. At this school, 25 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:
$13,234 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,112 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
22,676
Setting:
urban
#39 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

Founded in 1960, University of California--San Diego is a public institution. University of California--San Diego follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$44,910 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,306
Setting:
urban
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University is a private institution that was founded in 1839. The school has 62.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Boston University is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$43,520 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,883
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University was established in 1865 as a private institution. Lehigh University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$46,269 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,391
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

A private institution, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1824. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers a Greek system, where 16 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 30 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,746 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,624 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,977
Setting:
suburban
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

University of California--Santa Barbara has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,977, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,281
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Founded in 1867, University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is a public institution. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,403 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,653 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,863
Setting:
city
#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

University of Wisconsin--Madison is a public institution that was founded in 1848. The school has 45.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--Madison is 17:1.

Tuition and fees:
$42,852 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,590
Setting:
suburban
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami was established in 1925 as a private institution. University of Miami follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

Tuition and fees:
$37,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,869
Setting:
urban
#47 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Yeshiva University

New York, NY

A private institution, Yeshiva University was founded in 1886.

Tuition and fees:
$41,686 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
13,107
Setting:
urban
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Northeastern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,107, with a gender distribution of 49.6 percent male students and 50.4 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$14,688 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$37,566 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,216
Setting:
suburban
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

Founded in 1965, University of California--Irvine is a public institution. University of California--Irvine follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,263 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,541 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,776
Setting:
suburban
#49 Overall Score: 62 out of 100.

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida is a public institution that was founded in 1853. The school has 48.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Florida is 21:1.

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