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Tuition and fees:
$47,343 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,464
Setting:
urban
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

George Washington University was established in 1821 as a private institution. George Washington University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,037 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,757 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
43,058
Setting:
urban
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

A public institution, Ohio State University--Columbus was founded in 1870. Ohio State University--Columbus offers a Greek system, where 5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 5 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$46,930 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,423
Setting:
urban
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

Tulane University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,423, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,790 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$33,824 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
39,955
Setting:
city
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Founded in 1883, University of Texas--Austin is a public institution. University of Texas--Austin follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,383 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,938 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
28,933
Setting:
urban
#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

University of Washington is a public institution that was founded in 1861. The school has 37.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Washington is 12:1.

Tuition and fees:
$43,577 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,325
Setting:
urban
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

Fordham University

New York, NY

Fordham University was established in 1841 as a private institution. Fordham University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$44,902 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,488
Setting:
suburban
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

A private institution, Pepperdine University was founded in 1937. Pepperdine University offers a Greek system, where 31 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 18 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,022 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$30,970 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
17,528
Setting:
rural
#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

University of Connecticut has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,528, with a gender distribution of 50.9 percent male students and 49.1 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$43,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,249
Setting:
city
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University is a private institution. Southern Methodist University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,262 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,472 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,259
Setting:
city
#60 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

University of Georgia is a public institution that was founded in 1785. The school has 39.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Georgia is 18:1.

Tuition and fees:
$4,850 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
31,060
Setting:
city
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Brigham Young University--Provo was established in 1875 as a private institution. Brigham Young University--Provo follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,382 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$30,816 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,562
Setting:
suburban
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

A public institution, Clemson University was founded in 1889. Clemson University offers a Greek system, where 33 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 20 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$40,458 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,798
Setting:
city
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,798, with a gender distribution of 44.2 percent male students and 55.8 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,162 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,348 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,487
Setting:
suburban
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland--College Park is a public institution. University of Maryland--College Park follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$17,100 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,106 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,429
Setting:
urban
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh is a public institution that was founded in 1787. The school has 39.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Pittsburgh is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$42,778 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,952
Setting:
city
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute was established in 1865 as a private institution. Worcester Polytechnic Institute follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,794 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,147
Setting:
city
#68 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

A public institution, Purdue University--West Lafayette was founded in 1869. Purdue University--West Lafayette offers a Greek system, where 8 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 10 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,499 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,523 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
31,593
Setting:
urban
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,593, with a gender distribution of 51.3 percent male students and 48.7 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,506 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,126 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
40,103
Setting:
city
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University--College Station is a public institution. Texas A&M University--College Station follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,555 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,805 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
34,469
Setting:
urban
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is a public institution that was founded in 1851. The school has 39.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is 18:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,930 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$25,320 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
23,859
Setting:
rural
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech was established in 1872 as a public institution. Virginia Tech follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,863 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$33,750 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
37,454
Setting:
suburban
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

A public institution, Michigan State University was founded in 1855. Michigan State University offers a Greek system, where 7 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,061 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,931 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,999
Setting:
city
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,999, with a gender distribution of 48.3 percent male students and 51.7 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$40,649 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,299
Setting:
suburban
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

American University

Washington, DC

Founded in 1893, American University is a private institution. American University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,972 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,918
Setting:
city
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Baylor University is a private institution that was founded in 1845. The school has 47.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Baylor University is 15:1.

Tuition and fees:
$39,550 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,352
Setting:
city
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Clark University

Worcester, MA

Clark University was established in 1887 as a private institution. Clark University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,209 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$32,350 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,371
Setting:
city
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

A public institution, Indiana University--Bloomington was founded in 1820.

Tuition and fees:
$34,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,293
Setting:
urban
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,293, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 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:
$13,799 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,589 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,081
Setting:
rural
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Founded in 1809, Miami University--Oxford is a public institution. Miami University--Oxford follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,112 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,932 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
17,427
Setting:
suburban
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

University of Delaware is a public institution that was founded in 1743. The school has 34.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Delaware is 15:1.

Tuition and fees:
$43,561 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
2,548
Setting:
city
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Stevens Institute of Technology was established in 1870 as a private institution. Stevens Institute of Technology follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,984 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,924 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,003
Setting:
suburban
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

A public institution, Stony Brook University--SUNY was founded in 1957. Stony Brook University--SUNY offers a Greek system, where 2.7 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1.8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$36,590 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,456
Setting:
suburban
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Texas Christian University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,456, with a gender distribution of 40.5 percent male students and 59.5 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,718 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,646 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
11,211
Setting:
city
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

Founded in 1791, University of Vermont is a public institution. University of Vermont follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,995 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,445 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,819
Setting:
city
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a public institution that was founded in 1911. The school has 64.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is 13:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,200 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,950 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
28,026
Setting:
city
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Alabama was established in 1831 as a public institution. University of Alabama follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,416 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,294 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,978
Setting:
suburban
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

A public institution, University of California--Santa Cruz was founded in 1965.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,240 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$32,008 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,805
Setting:
city
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

University of Colorado--Boulder has a total undergraduate enrollment of 25,805, with a gender distribution of 54.1 percent male students and 45.9 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$33,702 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,160
Setting:
city
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Founded in 1894, University of Tulsa is a private institution. University of Tulsa follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,852 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,364 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,175
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

Auburn University is a public institution that was founded in 1856. The school has 29.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Auburn University is 18:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,485 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$32,415 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,169
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Colorado School of Mines was established in 1874 as a public institution. Colorado School of Mines follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,537 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,703 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,171
Setting:
city
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

At Florida State University, a public school in Tallahassee, students have more than 550 organizations to consider joining. The Florida State Seminoles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I and are especially known for baseball and football.

Tuition and fees:
$40,707 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,394
Setting:
urban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

University of Denver has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,394, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,974 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,928
Setting:
suburban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Students at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst can choose from about 90 majors or can design their own. The school’s University Without Walls program offers flexible course schedules for adult students.

Tuition and fees:
$41,392 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,457
Setting:
urban
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

University of San Diego is a private institution that was founded in 1949. The school has 42.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of San Diego is 16:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,144 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,464 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,356
Setting:
suburban
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Binghamton University--SUNY was established in 1946 as a public institution. Binghamton University--SUNY follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$37,505 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
11,901
Setting:
urban
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

A private institution, Drexel University was founded in 1891. Drexel University offers a Greek system, where 8 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,415 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,764 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,996
Setting:
city
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

University of Missouri has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,996, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,496 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,216 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,811
Setting:
rural
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100.

Founded in 1866, University of New Hampshire is a public institution. University of New Hampshire follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,726 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,278 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,555
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Iowa State University is a public institution that was founded in 1858. The school has 32.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Iowa State University is 18:1.

Tuition and fees:
$35,503 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,723
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

Loyola University Chicago is the largest Jesuit school in the country. The university has two locations in Chicago, known as Lake Shore and Water Tower, as well as an international campus in Rome.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,206 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,661 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
24,833
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

North Carolina State University, known as NC State for short, is the largest four-year college in the state. Students have more than 100 degree programs and more than 400 clubs and organizations to choose from.

Tuition and fees:
$36,726 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,806
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,806, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,107 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,873 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,169
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

Founded in 1866, University of Kansas is a public institution. University of Kansas follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,068 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,968 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
19,103
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

The University of Nebraska—Lincoln, or UNL, is a large, public research institution that offers about 150 undergraduate majors. There are more than 400 student organizations to join, as well as a large community of fraternities and sororities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,341 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,530 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,982
Setting:
city
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

The University of Oklahoma is a large, public research institution in Norman. Its campus is also home to the National Weather Center, where undergraduates can find research and study opportunities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,684 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,874 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,916
Setting:
urban
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee is a public research institution in Knoxville, one of the state’s largest cities. The UT sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference and traditionally draw large crowds during football season.

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