College Guide

2014 National Universities Rankings

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About the Rankings: We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

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* Indicates a public school, ° indicates a for-profit school.

Research
Service
    
  Overall
Score
Students
receiving
Pell grants
Net pricePredicted grad rate Actual grad rate RankResearch
expenditures,
in millions
Rank
Bachelor's
to PhD
rank
Science &
engineering
PhD's
awarded
Rank
Faculty
receiving
significant
awards
Rank
Faculty in
national
academies
Rank
Peace
Corps
Rank
ROTC
Rank
Federal
work-study
funds spent
on service
Rank
Community
service
participation
and hours
served
Rank
Service
staff,
courses and
financial aid
support
Rank
1University of California–San Diego (CA)*10044%$12,72679%86%32$1,009538413211.1%103.4%83421233%2214123
2University of California–Riverside (CA)*9553%$11,40664%67%35$133108134187631.2%60.6%6411423075%13152
3University of California–Berkeley (CA)*9433%$15,84490%91%135$711181567011.1%77.2%52620119%10110881
4Texas A&M University–College Station (TX)*9421%$11,92569%80%13$6962293458150.8%250.9%49124144%644124
5University of California–Los Angeles (CA)*9035%$14,35685%91%56$97473252580.7%362.1%192513220%9413113
6Stanford University (CA)9017%$20,33793%95%164$8848458451.1%87.3%45222329%367956
7University of Washington–Seattle (WA)*8523%$9,01870%80%5$1,093456488130.9%192.2%171310320%87172161
8University of Texas–El Paso (TX)*8559%$3,25828%37%1$74139187481560.3%1560.0%15724913921%7913660
9Case Western Reserve University (OH)8522%$26,90985%79%257$4264217172710.8%291.3%332017335%15436
10Harvard University (MA)8511%$16,39488%97%58$6782311442172.4%19.9%213521126%43172114
11Georgia Institute of Technology–Main (GA)*8318%$8,64379%79%17$6532440421182.0%32.7%91346810%22233117
12University of NC–Chapel Hill (NC)*8220%$10,37885%89%21$8031341367230.8%201.0%462112121%81938
13University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (MI)*8116%$14,30687%90%79$1,26223063320.7%331.4%292210613%1713750
14MA Institute of Technology (MA)7820%$19,97897%93%212$74217255070.6%515.0%61443013%173172174
15University of CA–Santa Barbara (CA)*7735%$13,76174%80%54$2307851228510.9%184.2%71520417%12139116
16University of California–Davis (CA)*7640%$13,91478%82%75$7002143448160.5%861.1%404519031%28118172
17University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI)*7416%$14,77380%82%95$1,10433455360.8%311.6%261913016%14094105
18Ohio State University–Main (OH)*7324%$19,11171%80%97$7851598516110.5%820.7%55639224%5682122
19University of Notre Dame (IN)7212%$24,344100%96%239$13410725133910.8%300.3%95311029%374118
20University of Texas–Austin (TX)*7226%$14,63675%80%74$6142753488141.0%142.5%117615536%12172174
21University of Florida (FL)*7230%$11,89179%84%26$706204460430.4%930.5%7332778%253172174
22Brigham Young University–Provo (UT)7134%$11,51566%78%9$3517936771240.4%1140.1%150195800%2727719
23Utah State University (UT)*7136%$10,73444%52%10$16099148651350.8%270.1%1472347550%5172174
24Florida International University (FL)*7052%$10,62745%46%47$113118242961100.6%470.1%13222421428%381670
25Vanderbilt University (TN)7014%$19,44794%92%197$5443228208560.5%770.7%59578836%1115101
26University of IL–Urbana-Champaign (IL)*7019%$15,71082%83%124$548314259541.1%122.3%156810924%54172174
27Princeton University (NJ)6912%$18,80799%96%194$261705253381.9%48.5%312114312%182172174
28Arizona State University (AZ)*6937%$10,58453%58%16$35753189274340.5%910.8%5412512424%55135110
29Michigan State University (MI)*6925%$13,64170%78%34$4643695325270.6%620.3%915412520%886735
30Indiana State University (IN)*6940%$11,30741%44%43$2246243182110.2%1580.0%1572557812%19414
31Duke University (NC)6813%$22,61998%94%225$1,005612263360.6%541.4%32385214%1669286
32Jackson State University (MS)*6875%$9,78332%42%7$47168136182140.2%1650.0%1572594115%143172174
33Tufts University (MA)6813%$26,18493%91%232$158101221161020.7%400.9%48418619%102877
34South Carolina State University (SC)*6872%$16,10927%36%59$922019602540.1%2060.0%157215621%80172174
35University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (MN)*6823%$15,17571%71%132$8201290517100.7%410.8%536616134%17111148
36Rice University (TX)6816%$19,12993%92%190$1081197155791.0%152.2%161020217%12811773
37Carnegie Mellon University (PA)6714%$31,83091%87%263$2417419239450.9%172.5%127415839%85789
38College of William and Mary (VA)*6712%$12,35689%90%63$5715514271960.5%790.0%157610220%951939
39Cornell University (NY)6716%$23,49094%93%214$778169415200.8%262.2%182916612%192128137
40University of Memphis (TN)*6748%$10,24942%38%106$50165202531490.2%1770.0%1572256011%199705
41University of Pennsylvania (PA)6713%$21,38194%96%178$8561124308290.7%392.0%217321332%259791
42VA Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. (VA)*6717%$16,98176%82%104$4343950261370.4%950.6%697138%25455120
43Washington University in St Louis (MO)677%$32,33096%94%256$7091921199580.6%441.3%352420612%193279
44Syracuse University (NY)6726%$26,90670%81%154$921271261051060.5%840.3%897511527%41481
45Iowa State University (IA)*6724%$13,48366%70%68$2607179279330.4%1130.4%851165567%2172174
46Purdue University–Main (IN)*6621%$12,54466%68%67$577308251890.8%211.0%411383232%23167127
47North Carolina State Univ.–Raleigh (NC)*6622%$9,95768%72%15$3814872343250.6%431.0%451083714%1566187
48Johns Hopkins University (MD)6613%$25,41095%91%240$2,085118389220.8%232.1%203011613%181172174
49North Carolina A&T State University (NC)*6657%$6,13935%41%2$35178168172150.2%1890.0%1572431912%189172174
50University of Utah (UT)*6529%$10,76446%57%8$40845106236490.3%1270.5%7415714222%7212775
51Columbia Univ. in the City of NY (NY)6518%$19,53390%93%151$8591016350240.7%352.5%145523720%92172174
52California Institute of Technology (CA)6511%$23,218100%90%269$368511173691.6%512.1%1892638%260172174
53University of Chicago (IL)6517%$28,72195%92%241$437386237470.6%461.7%24824530%30172166
54Dartmouth College (NH)6516%$20,21994%95%172$2178210771260.8%321.7%252720511%2073868
55Brandeis University (MA)6519%$24,85488%91%195$7414120611422.2%22.6%103725810%235101100
56Tennessee State University (TN)*6465%$7,01133%35%6$14215166142220.1%2290.0%1572381638%26114122
57Yale University (CT)6414%$18,34997%96%176$646253253390.9%162.5%134618713%168172174
58University of MD–College Park (MD)*6419%$13,77083%82%125$4833460418190.5%710.9%516113125%4988118
59Loyola University–Chicago (IL)6431%$29,04679%69%271$44169130521510.2%1700.0%1574314043%72126
60University of Virginia–Main (VA)*6312%$12,00589%93%39$3176126250420.5%701.3%34124221%83172174
61University of Idaho (ID)*6239%$13,61653%54%99$94126114411710.1%2100.0%157413119%1046534
62Tulane University of Louisiana (LA)6217%$28,63080%75%258$1679452821180.4%980.2%126369118%11078
63University of Georgia (GA)*6223%$10,56178%82%20$2766978230500.4%1230.3%1015613313%17634136
64University of Arizona (AZ)*6231%$12,78555%61%41$6082874311280.5%680.9%47779318%112152173
65Colorado State Univ.–Fort Collins (CO)*6224%$11,92566%64%109$33759115179660.2%1730.2%113352914%1622980
66Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)6217%$33,85885%83%254$8713427128961.1%111.4%30164415%145149125
67Howard University (DC)6143%$19,12562%72%83$4317159551460.1%2160.6%63392630%32172174
68Michigan Technological University (MI)*6126%$15,65961%65%92$6914554511520.8%220.2%11659514%167172174
69Florida State University (FL)*6129%$13,09069%74%44$23176109209550.5%850.4%8397829%24812144
70Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)6130%$19,30263%65%158$3817661631370.5%750.6%651281121%77161135
71Clark University (MA)6120%$24,84973%79%174$722535291910.5%721.2%3922387%269479
72University of Southern California (CA)6021%$27,75192%90%238$60729105339260.5%691.3%3610711937%9146156
73Auburn University (AL)*6017%$14,07470%67%157$147103135155770.3%1340.1%1311781235%135840
74Emory University (GA)6021%$25,46192%88%234$5433329155770.6%570.7%561123310%21210341
75George Washington University (DC)6013%$28,77785%81%255$1978884133910.7%380.6%6835831%2710443
76MO Univ. of Science & Technology (MO)*6027%$14,63965%66%118$4117291621410.2%1570.2%102162817%122172174
77Mississippi State University (MS)*6034%$13,45159%59%113$23077112941110.3%1440.1%1442206427%409111
78Oregon State University (OR)*6032%$14,63850%61%31$22979145161750.5%760.2%12060368%25516099
79University of California–Santa Cruz (CA)*6037%$14,48171%74%86$15210239131950.7%341.0%441626216%142172174
80SUNY at Albany (NY)*6035%$13,11262%65%64$38747881181010.6%600.2%1069619820%9026130
81University of Pittsburgh–Pittsburgh (PA)*5918%$20,21781%79%204$863966297310.4%970.5%70488523%60120126
82University of Connecticut (CT)*5920%$15,23778%81%94$2507396239450.4%1000.1%1559412924%581161
83University of California–Irvine (CA)*5936%$12,96078%85%36$3415871300300.8%281.4%2810020911%202172174
84Penn State–Main (PA)*5918%$21,23974%86%101$7881458503120.6%580.7%60852324%53172174
85FL Agricultural & Mechanical Univ. (FL)*5867%$9,39341%40%37$53159153102280.3%1530.0%157246288%256172174
86University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)*5846%$9,60058%55%69$37749118243440.5%890.3%9716716510%233172174
87San Diego State University (CA)*5835%$8,51955%66%3$10012417812470.4%990.0%1578310525%48172174
88Stony Brook University (NY)*5835%$11,75972%67%140$21285120210540.4%1080.7%6121223418%11511423
89Rutgers University–New Brunswick (NJ)*5829%$15,53476%78%117$4324083252400.6%641.2%3814014816%137142112
90Western Michigan University (MI)*5736%$14,66349%55%61$24192162631390.2%1710.0%157109818%2583528
91University of West Florida (FL)*5737%$9,37648%47%46$1920120612450.1%2250.0%1571201635%14172174
92University of Missouri–Columbia (MO)*5721%$15,82273%70%177$23675102184640.2%1800.2%1091059055%3159150
93University of Texas at Dallas (TX)*5733%$7,52866%63%25$89130151133910.4%1010.3%8720124423%63172174
94University of Kansas (KS)*5721%$15,25760%62%116$2866787172700.4%1190.2%112677110%2252564
95SUNY Coll. of Envir. Science & Forestry (NY)*5722%$13,26464%66%84$2818857202060.0%2430.0%157522715%146697
96New York University (NY)5721%$35,92591%86%267$4184373210530.4%940.7%577224629%356263
97University of Montana (MT)*5737%$13,32949%46%137$61150171341800.4%1070.0%1574919720%9814571
98Adelphi University (NY)5629%$24,71162%67%179$0252239232010.0%2430.0%15721125521%8482
99University of South Florida–Main (FL)*5638%$12,53358%53%146$40846144184640.4%1090.2%1151317311%201125108
100Washington State University (WA)*5630%$15,96957%68%45$34357190145860.5%800.5%72936611%19613062

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