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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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,505, with a gender distribution of 54.2 percent male students and 45.8 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus.

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.

University of California--Riverside is a public institution that was founded in 1954. The school has 28.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of California--Riverside is 19:1.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,336, with a gender distribution of 53.5 percent male students and 46.5 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.

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 Snow 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 downtown 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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,832, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus.

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 offers housing to freshman and sophomore students. 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. About one in every 20 Chicago residents attended UIC.

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.

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 was established in 1919 as a private institution. New School follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 was established in 1948 as a private institution. St. John Fisher College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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.

A public institution, University of Texas--Dallas was founded in 1969. University of Texas--Dallas offers a Greek system, where 2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,111, with a gender distribution of 76.3 percent male students and 23.7 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:
$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

Adelphi University is a private institution that was founded in 1896. The school has 50.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Adelphi University is 12:1.

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.

A public institution, San Diego State University was founded in 1897. San Diego State University offers a Greek system, where 9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

St. John's University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,840, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 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.

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.

Founded in 1969, University of Alabama--Birmingham is 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 was established in 1907 as a public institution. University of Hawaii--Manoa follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,287, with a gender distribution of 60.9 percent male students and 39.1 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.

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