Best Colleges and Universities in the Nation

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The Best Colleges and Universities in the nation. Look no further than the A-List which ranks schools based on Academic Quality, Accessibility (acceptance rate, enrollment size), and Affordability (in-state tuition).

*Data gathered in 2014. Tuition is based on in-state data.

A List: Academic Quality ★ Affordability ★ Accessibility + Enrollment

  1. University of Colorado - Boulder

    University of Colorado – Boulder

    Boulder, CO#1

    The University of Colorado Boulder (also known as CU-Boulder, CU, or Boulder) is the flagship, research university of the University of Colorado system and is located in Boulder, Colorado. The … read more

    • $10,789 In-State Tuition
    • $33,151 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 31,945 Students
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison, WI#2

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison (commonly referred to as UW-Madison and locally as Wisconsin or simply Madison) is a four-year, research university in Madison, Wisconsin that offers an … read more

    • $10,410 In-State Tuition
    • $26,660 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 51% Acceptance Rate
    • 42,269 Students
  3. Indiana University-Bloomington

    Indiana University-Bloomington

    Bloomington, IN#3

    Indiana University Bloomington (often called "IU" or "Indiana") is the flagship campus for the Indiana University system. Located in the city of Bloomington (population just over 80,000), the … read more

    • $10,388 In-State Tuition
    • $33,241 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 42,133 Students
  4. University of Iowa

    University of Iowa

    Iowa City, IA#4

    The University of Iowa is the oldest public university in the state. Commonly referred to as UI or just Iowa, it is a research university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional … read more

    • $8,079 In-State Tuition
    • $27,409 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,129 Students
  5. Texas A&M University-College Station

    Texas A&M University-College Station

    College Station, TX#5

    Texas A&M University (A&M standing for "Agriculture and Mechanical"), College Station, is the flagship institution among 11 more universities in the Texas A&M University System (see list below). … read more

    • $9,180 In-State Tuition
    • $26,356 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 50,627 Students
  6. University of Washington

    University of Washington

    Seattle, WA#6

    The University of Washington, often referred to as UW, UDub, or simply Washington, is a public research university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a Public Ivy League institution and a … read more

    • $12,394 In-State Tuition
    • $33,513 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 43,485 Students
  7. University of Florida

    University of Florida

    Gainesville, FL#7

    The University of Florida, locally referred to as U of F, UF or just Florida, is a public, four-year university whose main campus is in Gainesville, Florida. U of F is a land-grant university … read more

    • $6,313 In-State Tuition
    • $28,591 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 49,913 Students
  8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill, NC#8

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the main campus for the University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning. Also known as … read more

    • $8,374 In-State Tuition
    • $33,624 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 27% Acceptance Rate
    • 29,278 Students
  9. University of Utah

    University of Utah

    Salt Lake City, UT#9

    The University of Utah is a public, research university located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as the U of U, The U, or Utah, it is the state’s flagship institution for higher education, with … read more

    • $7,935 In-State Tuition
    • $25,267 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 82% Acceptance Rate
    • 32,388 Students
  10. University of Texas-Austin

    University of Texas-Austin

    Austin, TX#9

    The University of Texas at Austin, or UT Austin, is the flagship university in the University of Texas System. This state research university was founded in 1883. The 1,400-acre campus is about _ … read more

    • $9,798 In-State Tuition
    • $34,722 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 40% Acceptance Rate
    • 52,186 Students
  11. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, IL#11

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (also known as University of Illinois, U of I, UIUC, and Illinois) is a public, four-year university that offers a wide range of undergraduate and … read more

    • $15,602 In-State Tuition
    • $30,228 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 62% Acceptance Rate
    • 44,520 Students
  12. University of Wyoming

    University of Wyoming

    Laramie, WY#12

    The University of Wyoming (or UW), located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a land-grant university that offers more than 190 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. In addition to its main … read more

    • $4,646 In-State Tuition
    • $14,876 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 96% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,903 Students
  13. Kansas State University

    Kansas State University

    Manhattan, KS#13

    Located in Manhattan, Kansas and commonly referred to as K-State, Kansas State University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas. K-State was originally titled Kansas State … read more

    • $9,034 In-State Tuition
    • $22,624 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 96% Acceptance Rate
    • 24,378 Students
  14. University of Georgia

    University of Georgia

    Athens, GA#14

    University of Georgia is commonly known as UGA, U Georgia or Georgia. It is the state’s largest public research university and commonly ranks among the top 200 universities globally. The main … read more

    • $10,836 In-State Tuition
    • $29,046 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,519 Students
  15. University of Maryland-College Park

    University of Maryland-College Park

    College Park, MD#15

    The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) is a public, liberal arts university located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Maryland, but within the capital beltway. It was established in … read more

    • $9,427 In-State Tuition
    • $29,720 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 37,248 Students
  16. University of Virginia

    University of Virginia

    Charlottesville, VA#16

    The University of Virginia (locally referred to as "Virginia" or "UVA") is a four-year non-profit research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1819, UVA is one of the … read more

    • $12,998 In-State Tuition
    • $42,184 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 30% Acceptance Rate
    • 23,907 Students
  17. University of Oklahoma

    University of Oklahoma

    Norman, OK#17

    The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is a public, research university. The coeducational school was established in 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma became an official State. … read more

    • $7,695 In-State Tuition
    • $20,469 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 27,507 Students
  18. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor, MI#18

    The University of Michigan (also known as U of M, U-M, UMich, or Michigan) is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, but it also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn. It is the oldest … read more

    • $13,977 In-State Tuition
    • $41,811 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 33% Acceptance Rate
    • 43,426 Students
  19. University of Missouri-Columbia

    University of Missouri-Columbia

    Columbia, MO#19

    The University of Missouri, Columbia, is a public, research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Also known as Mizzou, Missouri or MU, it is the largest institution of higher education in the … read more

    • $9,433 In-State Tuition
    • $24,460 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 79% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,704 Students
  20. Ohio State University-Columbus

    Ohio State University-Columbus

    Columbus, OH#19

    Ohio State University, Columbus, also known as Ohio or OSU, is a public, four-year university and research institution located in Columbus, Ohio. OSU was founded as the Ohio Agricultural and … read more

    • $10,037 In-State Tuition
    • $26,537 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 56,387 Students
  21. Iowa State University

    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA#21

    Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public research university located in Ames, Iowa. Commonly known as Iowa State University (ISU), the school is a land and space-grant … read more

    • $7,731 In-State Tuition
    • $20,617 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 86% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,748 Students
  22. University of Kansas

    University of Kansas

    Lawrence, KS#22

    The University of Kansas (referred to as "KU") has a student body of more than 29,000 students, making it the largest public research university in the state of Kansas.The main campus sits atop … read more

    • $10,448 In-State Tuition
    • $25,731 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 27,135 Students
  23. University of California-Los Angeles

    University of California-Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA#23

    University of California, Los Angeles, more commonly referred to as UCLA, is a public university situated in the Westwood neighborhood within the city of Los Angeles, California. UCLA was first … read more

    • $12,702 In-State Tuition
    • $35,580 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 20% Acceptance Rate
    • 39,945 Students
  24. University of Delaware

    University of Delaware

    Newark, DE#24

    The University of Delaware (locally referred to as "UD") located in the city of Newark is Delaware’s largest four-year university. In addition to its Newark campus, University of Delaware has … read more

    • $12,342 In-State Tuition
    • $30,692 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 21,856 Students
  25. Arizona State University

    Arizona State University

    Tempe, AZ#25

    With an established reputation created and cultivated since its founding in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) boasts an expansive student body of undergraduate (the largest in the nation) and … read more

    • $9,811 In-State Tuition
    • $23,312 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • 76,771 Students
  26. Louisiana State University

    Louisiana State University

    Baton Rouge, LA#26

    Louisiana State University, most commonly referred to as LSU, while its official name is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, is a public university that is located … read more

    • $8,750 In-State Tuition
    • $26,467 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,225 Students
  27. University of Vermont

    University of Vermont

    Burlington, VT#27

    The University of Vermont (UVM) is located in Burlington, Vermont on South Prospect Street. The University prides itself in being able to provide the advantageous personal interaction of a smaller … read more

    • $16,226 In-State Tuition
    • $37,874 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 13,098 Students
  28. Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, VA#28

    More commonly known as Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a 2,600-acre main campus located in the … read more

    • $12,017 In-State Tuition
    • $27,444 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 31,087 Students
  29. Utah State University

    Utah State University

    Logan, UT#29

    Utah State University (USU) is a public research university located in Logan, Utah. It is a land-grant and space-grant institution and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and … read more

    • $6,384 In-State Tuition
    • $18,491 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 99% Acceptance Rate
    • 28,786 Students
  30. Michigan State University

    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, MI#30

    Michigan State University, locally referred to as MSU, is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan that is classified as a "high research activity" institution. MSU is internationally … read more

    • $13,200 In-State Tuition
    • $34,980 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 48,783 Students
RankCollege NameIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionEnrollmentAcceptance Rate
31
Georgia Institute of Technology $11,394 $30,698 21,55741%
32
University of Arizona $10,581 $28,379 40,22378%
33
University of Alabama-Birmingham $9,280 $21,220 17,99987%
34
University of California-Santa Barbara $13,746 $36,624 21,92740%
35
Rutgers, New Brunswick $13,813 $28,591 40,43460%
35
University of Montana $6,330 $23,146 14,94696%
37
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $13,626 $20,876 51,85344%
38
Brigham Young University-Provo $4,850 $9,700 34,40949%
38
Auburn University – Main $10,200 $27,384 25,13483%
38
University of Connecticut $12,700 $32,880 25,48354%
41
University of California-Davis $13,896 $36,774 32,35441%
42
Colorado State University $9,897 $26,077 30,65977%
43
Purdue University-West Lafayette $10,002 $28,804 40,39360%
44
University of California-San Diego $13,302 $36,180 28,29437%
45
University of California-Berkeley $13,844 $25,064 35,89318%
46
Oregon State University $8,276 $23,540 26,36379%
46
Clemson University $13,382 $30,816 20,76857%
48
West Virginia University $6,960 $20,424 29,70785%
49
South Dakota State University $7,713 $9,795 12,58392%
50
University of Oregon $9,918 $30,888 24,51874%
51
University of South Dakota $8,022 $10,104 10,28488%
52
University of South Carolina – Main $11,158 $29,440 31,28864%
53
Miami University-Oxford $14,287 $30,394 17,68367%
54
Florida State University $6,507 $21,673 40,69557%
55
Washington State University $12,428 $25,510 27,67982%
56
North Carolina State University-Raleigh $8,296 $23,551 34,34047%
57
University of Nebraska-Lincoln $8,060 $21,388 24,20764%
58
University of New Hampshire $16,552 $29,532 15,26778%
59
University of California-Irvine $14,757 $37,635 27,47941%
60
University of Tennessee $11,246 $29,696 29,83373%
61
Oklahoma State University $7,442 $20,027 25,70876%
62
North Dakota State University $7,660 $18,242 14,44384%
63
University of Cincinnati $11,000 $26,334 33,34773%
63
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa $9,826 $24,950 33,50357%
65
University of Nevada-Reno $6,415 $20,325 18,22784%
66
Ohio University $10,536 $19,500 27,40273%
67
University of Massachusetts-Amherst $13,258 $28,813 28,23663%
68
Western Michigan University $10,685 $24,917 24,59883%
69
University of Maine-Orono $10,604 $28,484 10,90183%
70
Binghamton University-SUNY $8,619 $20,259 15,30842%
71
Mississippi State University $6,772 $16,960 20,36571%
72
Pennsylvania State University-University Park $17,502 $30,452 45,78356%
72
University of Kentucky $10,616 $22,888 28,03469%
74
University at Buffalo-SUNY $8,426 $20,366 28,95257%
75
University of Alabama-Huntsville $9,158 $21,232 7,63681%
75
Missouri University of Science & Technology $9,537 $25,404 7,64582%
77
Texas Tech University $9,308 $20,168 32,46766%
78
College of William and Mary $17,656 $39,360 8,25833%
79
University of Louisville $10,432 $24,320 21,23971%
79
Stony Brook University-SUNY $8,430 $21,850 23,94640%
81
University of Arkansas $8,210 $20,300 24,53759%
82
University of Pittsburgh $17,772 $28,168 28,76955%
83
University of Rhode Island $12,506 $28,072 16,45176%
84
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale $12,251 $24,874 18,84779%
85
University of California-Santa Cruz $13,398 $36,276 17,40452%
86
University of Illinois-Chicago $13,640 $26,030 27,87571%
87
Bowling Green State University $10,726 $18,034 17,28673%
87
University at Albany-SUNY $8,527 $20,167 17,31256%
89
University of North Dakota $7,508 $17,794 15,25071%
90
University of Mississippi $7,096 $19,144 18,79459%
91
Illinois State University $12,830 $20,420 20,70669%
92
University of Idaho $6,784 $20,314 12,42065%
92
University of Hawaii-Manoa $10,620 $29,412 20,42680%
94
Virginia Commonwealth University $12,398 $29,847 31,44564%
95
Kent State University $10,012 $17,972 28,60283%
96
SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry $7,303 $16,953 2,25551%
97
University of California-Riverside $13,408 $36,286 20,94760%
98
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark $13,297 $28,075 65,51254%
99
Michigan Technological University $14,040 $29,520 6,93378%
100
University of Massachusetts-Lowell $12,447 $19,560 16,29464%