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

*Data gathered in 2014. Tuition is out-of-state tuition.

A List: Academic Quality ★ Affordability ★ Accessibility + Enrollment


  1. University of Wyoming

    University of Wyoming

    Laramie, WY#1

    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


  2. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, IL#2

    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


  3. University of Wisconsin-Madison

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison, WI#3

    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


  4. University of Colorado - Boulder

    University of Colorado – Boulder

    Boulder, CO#4

    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


  5. University of Oklahoma

    University of Oklahoma

    Norman, OK#5

    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


  6. Brigham Young University-Provo

    Brigham Young University-Provo

    Provo, UT#6

    Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest … read more


    • $4,850 In-State Tuition
    • $9,700 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,409 Students


  7. Texas A&M University-College Station

    Texas A&M University-College Station

    College Station, TX#7

    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


  8. Kansas State University

    Kansas State University

    Manhattan, KS#8

    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


  9. Iowa State University

    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA#9

    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


  10. University of Iowa

    University of Iowa

    Iowa City, IA#10

    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


  11. South Dakota State University

    South Dakota State University

    Brookings, SD#11

    South Dakota State University, also known as SDSU, is the state’s largest university, with a student population of 12,583. The main campus is located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota, and … read more


    • $7,713 In-State Tuition
    • $9,795 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,583 Students


  12. University of Utah

    University of Utah

    Salt Lake City, UT#12

    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


  13. University of South Dakota

    University of South Dakota

    Vermillion, SD#13

    Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, the University of South Dakota is the State’s flagship university. With a student population of over 10,000, the Coyotes, as they are known and represented, … read more


    • $8,022 In-State Tuition
    • $10,104 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 10,284 Students


  14. Utah State University

    Utah State University

    Logan, UT#14

    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


  15. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Minneapolis, MN#15

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, locally referred to as U of M, is a publicly funded and operated research university with campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. U of M is one of … read more


    • $13,626 In-State Tuition
    • $20,876 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 44% Acceptance Rate
    • 51,853 Students


  16. University of Florida

    University of Florida

    Gainesville, FL#16

    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


  17. University of Missouri-Columbia

    University of Missouri-Columbia

    Columbia, MO#16

    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


  18. Indiana University-Bloomington

    Indiana University-Bloomington

    Bloomington, IN#18

    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


  19. University of Kansas

    University of Kansas

    Lawrence, KS#19

    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


  20. University of Washington

    University of Washington

    Seattle, WA#20

    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


  21. University of Georgia

    University of Georgia

    Athens, GA#21

    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


  22. Ohio State University-Columbus

    Ohio State University-Columbus

    Columbus, OH#22

    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


  23. University of California-Berkeley

    University of California-Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA#23

    The University of California, Berkeley, more commonly referred to as UC Berkeley, or just Berkeley, is one of California’s top public research universities. In fact, research is a core pillar of … read more


    • $13,844 In-State Tuition
    • $25,064 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 18% Acceptance Rate
    • 35,893 Students


  24. Arizona State University

    Arizona State University

    Tempe, AZ#24

    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


  25. University of Alabama-Birmingham

    University of Alabama-Birmingham

    Birmingham, AL#25

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) offers some of the best undergraduate and graduate degree programs available in the South. The UAB Health System, one of the best medical education … read more


    • $9,280 In-State Tuition
    • $21,220 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 87% Acceptance Rate
    • 17,999 Students


  26. University of Maryland-College Park

    University of Maryland-College Park

    College Park, MD#26

    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


  27. Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, VA#27

    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


  28. West Virginia University

    West Virginia University

    Morgantown, WV#28

    West Virginia University (WVU) is a public research university located in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to its central campus in Morgantown, the university also has campuses in Montgomery … read more


    • $6,960 In-State Tuition
    • $20,424 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 85% Acceptance Rate
    • 29,707 Students


  29. University of New Hampshire

    University of New Hampshire

    Durham, NH#29

    The University of New Hampshire combines the living and learning environment of a New England liberal arts college with the breadth, spirit of discovery, and civic commitment of a land-grant … read more


    • $16,552 In-State Tuition
    • $29,532 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 78% Acceptance Rate
    • 15,267 Students


  30. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

    Rutgers, New Brunswick

    Piscataway, NJ#30

    The Rutgers Brunswick/Piscataway Campus is unique from the other Rutgers campuses–it is the largest and most comprehensive. This specific campus offers 19 schools for those students that are getting undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees.


    • $13,813 In-State Tuition
    • $28,591 Out-of-State Tuition
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 40,434 Students

Rank College Name In-state Tuition Out-of-state Tuition Enrollment Acceptance Rate
31
University of Montana $6,330 $23,146 14,946 96%
32
North Dakota State University $7,660 $18,242 14,443 84%
33
University of Delaware $12,342 $30,692 21,856 63%
34
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $8,374 $33,624 29,278 27%
35
Mississippi State University $6,772 $16,960 20,365 71%
36
Ohio University $10,536 $19,500 27,402 73%
37
University of Texas-Austin $9,798 $34,722 52,186 40%
38
Louisiana State University $8,750 $26,467 30,225 75%
39
Colorado State University $9,897 $26,077 30,659 77%
40
Oklahoma State University $7,442 $20,027 25,708 76%
41
Auburn University – Main $10,200 $27,384 25,134 83%
41
Florida State University $6,507 $21,673 40,695 57%
43
Oregon State University $8,276 $23,540 26,363 79%
44
Washington State University $12,428 $25,510 27,679 82%
45
University of Pittsburgh $17,772 $28,168 28,769 55%
46
Georgia Institute of Technology $11,394 $30,698 21,557 41%
47
University of Nebraska-Lincoln $8,060 $21,388 24,207 64%
47
University of Nevada-Reno $6,415 $20,325 18,227 84%
49
University of Arizona $10,581 $28,379 40,223 78%
50
University of California-Los Angeles $12,702 $35,580 39,945 20%
51
Binghamton University-SUNY $8,619 $20,259 15,308 42%
52
Miami University-Oxford $14,287 $30,394 17,683 67%
53
University of Connecticut $12,700 $32,880 25,483 54%
54
Clemson University $13,382 $30,816 20,768 57%
55
North Carolina State University-Raleigh $8,296 $23,551 34,340 47%
56
Pennsylvania State University-University Park $17,502 $30,452 45,783 56%
57
Illinois State University $12,830 $20,420 20,706 69%
58
University at Buffalo-SUNY $8,426 $20,366 28,952 57%
59
Purdue University-West Lafayette $10,002 $28,804 40,393 60%
60
University of Vermont $16,226 $37,874 13,098 78%
61
Bowling Green State University $10,726 $18,034 17,286 73%
62
Michigan State University $13,200 $34,980 48,783 69%
63
University of Cincinnati $11,000 $26,334 33,347 73%
64
University of Kentucky $10,616 $22,888 28,034 69%
65
University of Massachusetts-Amherst $13,258 $28,813 28,236 63%
66
Western Michigan University $10,685 $24,917 24,598 83%
67
Texas Tech University $9,308 $20,168 32,467 66%
68
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $13,977 $41,811 43,426 33%
68
Kent State University $10,012 $17,972 28,602 83%
70
University of Alabama-Huntsville $9,158 $21,232 7,636 81%
71
University of South Carolina – Main $11,158 $29,440 31,288 64%
72
University of Tennessee $11,246 $29,696 29,833 73%
73
University of Virginia $12,998 $42,184 23,907 30%
73
Yeshiva University $38,730 $38,730 6,740 82%
75
SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry $7,303 $16,953 2,255 51%
76
University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa $9,826 $24,950 33,503 57%
77
University of North Dakota $7,508 $17,794 15,250 71%
78
University of Arkansas $8,210 $20,300 24,537 59%
79
University of California-Davis $13,896 $36,774 32,354 41%
80
University of Massachusetts-Lowell $12,447 $19,560 16,294 64%
81
University of Oregon $9,918 $30,888 24,518 74%
82
University of California-Santa Barbara $13,746 $36,624 21,927 40%
83
University of Illinois-Chicago $13,640 $26,030 27,875 71%
84
University of Louisville $10,432 $24,320 21,239 71%
84
Stony Brook University-SUNY $8,430 $21,850 23,946 40%
86
University at Albany-SUNY $8,527 $20,167 17,312 56%
87
University of California-San Diego $13,302 $36,180 28,294 37%
88
University of Mississippi $7,096 $19,144 18,794 59%
89
University of Idaho $6,784 $20,314 12,420 65%
90
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale $12,251 $24,874 18,847 79%
91
University of Maine-Orono $10,604 $28,484 10,901 83%
92
Missouri University of Science & Technology $9,537 $25,404 7,645 82%
93
University of St. Thomas $34,442 $34,442 10,289 86%
94
University of Denver $42,090 $42,090 11,656 77%
95
Loyola University Chicago $37,412 $37,412 15,720 91%
96
University of Rhode Island $12,506 $28,072 16,451 76%
97
University of Pennsylvania $47,668 $47,668 24,725 12%
98
University of California-Irvine $14,757 $37,635 27,479 41%
98
University of North Carolina-Charlotte $6,179 $18,708 26,232 63%
100
University of South Florida $6,410 $17,325 41,116 45%

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