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Tuition and fees:
$25,002 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,980
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

Maryville University of St. Louis has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,980, with a gender distribution of 26.6 percent male students and 73.4 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,942 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,562 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,481
Setting:
city
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University is a large public school in the college town of Lubbock. The Red Raiders sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference and are particularly well known for football and basketball.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,524 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,928
Setting:
rural
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

At University of Idaho in Moscow, students can explore the restaurants and festivals in the city, or get involved with more than 200 clubs and Division I sports on campus. Idaho’s silver-and-gold sports teams are called the Vandals, thanks to an old newspaper account of the 1917 basketball team vandalizing their opponents on the court.

Tuition and fees:
$35,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,499
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

University of La Verne was established in 1891 as a private institution. University of La Verne follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,750 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,638 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,727
Setting:
urban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

At the University of Louisville in Kentucky, students can participate in Division I sports, Greek life, and more than 250 clubs. The campus is also home to an art museum, planetarium, and Auguste Rodin’s original sculpture of The Thinker.

In-state tuition and fees:
$4,404 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,124 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,194
Setting:
suburban
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100.

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

At the University of Wyoming, students can study in nearly 200 programs, including those in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Through this program, students can explore many interesting places and activities in courses such as Alaska Mountaineering, Himalaya Backpacking, and Baja Sea Kayaking.

Tuition and fees:
$36,020 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,978
Setting:
city
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

The Florida Institute of Technology originally started as a training facility for space industry professionals and now offers a wide range of degree programs to undergraduates. About half of the student body enrolls in the school’s College of Business.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,594 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,454 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,778
Setting:
rural
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

At the University of Maine, students participate in annual events such as Maine Day, when the school hosts a parade, and then together, everyone helps clean the campus. Notable UMaine alumni include bestselling horror author Stephen King, who wrote Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,002 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,861 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
23,951
Setting:
urban
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100.

Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a public school in Richmond. Cheering on the school’s Division I sports teams, the VCU Rams, is a popular outlet for students.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,317 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,415 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
50,968
Setting:
suburban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

The University of Central Florida is based in Orlando and has regional campuses throughout the middle of the state. The school has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students to consider joining.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,410 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,325 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,289
Setting:
urban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

The University of South Florida, or USF, is a large public school that is committed to research. The school has a sizeable commuter population and offers bus transportation and a commuter network to accommodate students who don’t live on campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,456 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,632 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,827
Setting:
suburban
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100.

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

A public school in the small city of Morgantown, West Virginia University offers several degrees and is home to the Center for Civic Engagement, which gives class credit for community service. Students can also get involved with Greek life, Division I sports, and more than 300 student organizations.

Tuition and fees:
$32,256 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,224
Setting:
suburban
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

Azusa Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1899. The school has 70.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Azusa Pacific University is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$38,069 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,336
Setting:
urban
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

Pace University

New York, NY

Pace University students can choose from the school’s two campuses: one in the Financial District of New York City, the other in suburban Pleasantville, N.Y. Inside the Actors Studio, a television show on Bravo, is filmed at the school’s urban location.

Tuition and fees:
$29,315 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,985
Setting:
city
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

A private institution, St. Mary's University of Minnesota was founded in 1912. St. Mary's University of Minnesota offers a Greek system, where 3 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,254 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,170 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
11,953
Setting:
city
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100.

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

Located on the eastern edge of the state in the city of Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota (UND) offers nearly 300 academic fields, including a highly ranked rural medicine program. Notable UND alumni include Sally Smith, CEO of the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant franchise.

Tuition and fees:
$32,142 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,337
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Founded in 1908, Biola University is a private institution. Biola University follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,080 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,014 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
13,058
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, better known as IUP, is located about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and offers Division II sports, Greek life, and more than 200 campus clubs. Notable IUP alumni include Chad Hurley, the cofounder and former CEO of YouTube.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,952 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,024 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,552
Setting:
suburban
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

Students at Northern Illinois University (NIU) can join more than 200 clubs, nearly 40 Greek-letter organizations, and numerous Division I sports teams. Notable NIU alumni include Dan Castellaneta, who voices several characters on the animated television show The Simpsons.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,104 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,970 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,130
Setting:
rural
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100.

A public institution, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale was founded in 1869. Southern Illinois University--Carbondale offers a Greek system, where 2 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$25,470 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,917
Setting:
rural
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI

Andrews University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,917, with a gender distribution of 44.4 percent male students and 55.6 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,250 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,660 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
16,652
Setting:
suburban
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

At Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., undergraduate students can choose from about 180 majors, including the highly ranked entrepreneurship program. Notable alumni include late-night talk show host David Letterman, who created a scholarship for creative Ball State media students with average grades.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,721 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,029 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,815
Setting:
rural
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH

Located about 85 miles south of Detroit in northern Ohio, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) offers more than 300 student clubs, about 40 Greek organizations, and an anonymous, masked spirit crew. Notable alumni include Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,869 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,683 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,298
Setting:
city
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University was established in 1907 as a public institution. East Carolina University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,192 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,506 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,882
Setting:
city
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

Students at University of Alabama—Huntsville can choose from more than 60 academic majors. UAHuntsville history majors with good academic merit may be eligible for a scholarship established by alumnus John Hendricks, founder and chair of Discovery Communications.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,154 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,064 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,082
Setting:
city
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

The University of Nevada—Reno is located on the western edge of the state on the border between the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada. Off campus, Nevada students can visit the nearby Lake Tahoe, check out the museums and festivals of Reno, and drive just a few hours to California’s capital of Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay Area.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,274 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$11,568 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
22,773
Setting:
urban
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Founded in 1889, University of New Mexico is a public institution. University of New Mexico follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,355 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$24,109 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,478
Setting:
city
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

Located in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University offers more than 300 student organizations, nearly 30 fraternities and sororities, and many Division I sports. Off campus, WMU students can check out Kalamazoo’s zoo, theater, and festivals, or drive 40 minutes to the Lake Michigan beaches of South Haven.

Tuition and fees:
$38,028 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,298
Setting:
city
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100.

Widener University

Chester, PA

At Widener University in Chester, Pa., many students help the community by mentoring local children, building houses, and donating blood. Notable Widener University alumni include esteemed film director Cecil B. DeMille.

In-state tuition and fees:
$11,220 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,670 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,332
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

The main campus of Central Michigan University (CMU) is located in Mount Pleasant, although it has about 60 other locations across North America. On the main campus, CMU students participate in many annual events and traditions, including Native American Month, when the school celebrates its relationship with the local Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.

Tuition and fees:
$24,666 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,028
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

Edgewood College

Madison, WI

Edgewood College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,028, with a gender distribution of 29.8 percent male students and 70.2 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:
$30,740 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,883
Setting:
suburban
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

Founded in 1920, Immaculata University is a private institution. Immaculata University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,146 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,483 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,958
Setting:
rural
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

Louisiana Tech University is a public institution that was founded in 1894. The school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Louisiana Tech University is 24:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,220 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,644 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,276
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) has five locations, with the main campus situated in Las Cruces. NMSU is home to the Chile Pepper Institute, which promotes the state vegetable.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,233 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,478 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
12,332
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University (NDSU) offers more than 100 academic majors  and Division I sports. Notable NDSU alumni include Alf Clausen, Emmy Award-winning music director for The Simpsons television show.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,494 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$21,006 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
13,103
Setting:
urban
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

University of Colorado—Denver offers about 130 areas of study, including top-ranked health and medical master’s programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus. In their free time, CU Denver students can get involved in more than 100 campus organizations, as well as student government, ROTC, and volunteer opportunities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,272 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,892 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,639
Setting:
urban
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

University of Houston

Houston, TX

With its campus situated in one of the largest cities in the country, the University of Houston puts its students in an ideal location to find internships and research opportunities. Options exist on campus, too, with about 40 research centers.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,388 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,186 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,674
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

At the University of North Carolina—Greensboro (UNCG), students can get involved in more than 200 organizations and Division I sports. Notable UNCG alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson and Tony Award-winning actress Beth Leavel.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,022 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$10,104 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,690
Setting:
rural
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

University of South Dakota was established in 1862 as a public institution. University of South Dakota follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,183 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,886 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,445
Setting:
city
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100.

A public institution, Utah State University was founded in 1888. Utah State University offers a Greek system, where 1.8 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1.9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,816 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,776 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
22,436
Setting:
suburban
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

Located about 40 miles south of Cleveland, Kent State University offers more than 200 campus organizations, including Greek life, leadership programs for underclassmen, and community service clubs. In the classroom, Kent State students can choose from nearly 300 academic programs, including peace and conflict studies.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,821 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,648 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
12,772
Setting:
city
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

Montana State University is home to many unique research facilities, such as the Plant Growth Center of nearly 30 greenhouses, and the Center for Bison and Wildlife Health. Notable alumni include Jan Stenerud, one of the few Pro Football Hall of Fame placekickers.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,708 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$9,790 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
11,118
Setting:
rural
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

South Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1881. The school has 30.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at South Dakota State University is 17:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,456 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,203 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,626
Setting:
urban
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

At the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC), students can explore more than 175 clubs and about 15 Greek-letter organizations. Former President Harry Truman attended the law school at UMKC for two years and later received the school’s first honorary degree.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,276 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,470 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,190
Setting:
urban
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

University of Montana

Missoula, MT

The University of Montana offers unique academic opportunities, including classes devoted to American Indian culture and an internship on the school’s farm. Several interesting people have graduated from the University of Montana, including Carroll O’Connor, who starred as Archie Bunker in the All in the Family television show.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,105 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,634 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
21,179
Setting:
suburban
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100.

University of North Carolina--Charlotte has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,179, with a gender distribution of 51 percent male students and 49 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.

Tuition and fees:
$28,858 (2012-13)
Setting:
rural
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

Ashland University is a private school in Ohio affiliated with the Brethren Church. Ashland students have about 70 undergraduate major programs to choose from.

Tuition and fees:
$28,160 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
4,619
Setting:
suburban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

Barry University

Miami Shores, FL

Located in Miami, Barry University is a private, Catholic school that offers unique programs for all levels of students. Barry has weekend and evening classes across Florida for adult students and a freshmen program that requires all students to read the same book in the summer, ahead of their fall semester classes.
 

Tuition and fees:
$25,850 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,724
Setting:
suburban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

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

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,483 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,039 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
4,283
Setting:
suburban
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.

A public institution, Bowie State University was founded in 1865. Bowie State University offers a Greek system, where 15 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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