Top National Universities Ranking

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National Universities Statistics

A national university is a 4 years (or higher) school that offers very diverse area of study for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The size of schools is usually large and many student services and learning opportunities are given to their students.
There are 412 National Universities - 213 public and 199 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $32,286 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $25,027. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,204 and the average acceptance rate is 65% for Top National Universities Ranking.
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2019-2020 National Universities Statistics
Top 20 National UniversitiesAll National Universities
Number of Schools20 schools
(2 public, 18 private)
412 schools
(213 public, 199 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$13,781 (in-state)
$55,796 (out-of-state)
$10,974 (in-state)
$32,286 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$13,637 (in-state)
$49,684 (out-of-state)
$11,829 (in-state)
$25,027 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$40,397$15,020
Test Scores1,499 SAT, 34 ACT 1,204 SAT, 26 ACT
Acceptance Rate8.35% 64.53%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)59.85% 28.73%
Population411,1627,220,829
Undergraduate203,2945,199,887
Graduate207,8682,020,942
Graduation Rate94.70%64.43%
Transfer-out Rate2.50%20.96%
Students to Faculty Ratio7.55 to 115.06 to 1

Top National Universities Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 National Universities for academic year 2019-2020. Stanford University ranked top in the Top National Universities Ranking and Harvard University and Princeton University follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $55,796 for undergraduate programs $49,684 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top National Universities is 1,499 and the acceptance rate is 8.35%. The average students to faculty ratio is 7.55 to 1 for top National Universities. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top National Universities Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Stanford University
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Private, 4 yearsStanford, CA
$56,169 $47,106 17,3814% 1,505 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
2 Harvard University
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Private, 4 yearsCambridge, MA
$54,002 $47,145 31,5665% 1,515 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
3 Princeton University
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Private, 4 yearsPrinceton, NJ
$48,502 $50,655 8,3746% 1,515 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsCambridge, MA
$53,450 $44,820 11,5747% 1,540 SAT
35 ACT
3 to 1
5 Columbia University in the City of New York
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Private, 4 yearsNew York, NY
$61,671 $41,752 31,0775% 1,505 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
6 Yale University
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Private, 4 yearsNew Haven, CT
$57,700 $51,191 13,4336% 1,515 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
7 California Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsPasadena, CA
$56,862 $39,500 2,2336% 1,545 SAT
36 ACT
3 to 1
8 University of Chicago
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Private, 4 yearsChicago, IL
$60,552 $38,615 17,0026% 1,535 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
9 University of Pennsylvania
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Private, 4 yearsPhiladelphia, PA
$60,042 $40,420 25,8608% 1,505 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
10 Brown University
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Private, 4 yearsProvidence, RI
$60,696 $42,652 10,2577% 1,505 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
11 Northwestern University
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Private, 4 yearsEvanston, IL
$58,701 $41,435 22,1279% 1,495 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
12 Dartmouth College
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Private, 4 yearsHanover, NH
$60,117 $44,751 6,5728% 1,500 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
13 Duke University
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Private, 4 yearsDurham, NC
$57,633 $45,457 16,6068% 1,525 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
14 Cornell University
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Private, 4 yearsIthaca, NY
$59,282 $39,868 23,60011% 1,480 SAT
34 ACT
9 to 1
15 Rice University
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Private, 4 yearsHouston, TX
$51,107 $35,406 7,1249% 1,520 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
16 Vanderbilt University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$54,158 $41,444 12,8249% 1,510 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
17 University of California-Los Angeles
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Public, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$43,003
($13,249)
$18,913 44,53712% 1,415 SAT
32 ACT
18 to 1
18 University of California-Berkeley
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Public, 4 yearsBerkeley, CA
$44,066
($14,312)
$18,993 42,50116% 1,430 SAT
33 ACT
20 to 1
19 Georgetown University
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Private, 4 yearsWashington, DC
$57,928 $40,160 19,20414% 1,465 SAT
33 ACT
11 to 1
20 University of Southern California
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$60,275 $37,647 47,31011% 1,445 SAT
33 ACT
9 to 1
Average$55,796
($13,781)
$40,397 411,1628.35% 1,499 SAT
33.9000 ACT
7.55 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020