US News & World Report Best Colleges

U.S. News rank School Tuition Total enrollment Fall 2011 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate    
#1 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$40,866 19,872 6.3% 98%      
#1 Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$38,650 7,859 8.5% 98%      
#3 Yale University

New Haven, CT

$42,300 11,875 7.7% 99%      
#4 Columbia University

New York, NY

$47,246 22,885 7.0% 99%      
#4 University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$44,574 12,316 16.3% 98%      
#6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$42,050 10,894 9.7% 98%      
#6 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$41,787 19,945 7.1% 98%      
#8 Duke University

Durham, NC

$43,623 15,427 14.0% 97%      
#8 University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$43,738 19,919 12.4% 98%      
#10 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$39,588 2,231 12.8% 98%      
#10 Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

$45,042 6,144 10.1% 98%      
#12 Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$43,779 19,968 18.0% 97%      
#13 Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$43,930 21,139 18.4% 97%      
#14 Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$43,705 13,908 16.5% 97%      
#15 Brown University

Providence, RI

$43,758 8,768 8.9% 98%      
#15 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$43,413 21,131 18.0% 97%      
#17 Rice University

Houston, TX

$37,292 6,224 18.8% 97%      
#17 University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$42,971 12,004 24.3% 98%      
#17 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$42,118 12,836 16.4% 97%      
#20 Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$42,980 13,893 26.7% 95%      
#21 Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$42,870 17,130 18.1% 96%      
#21 University of California--Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

N/A 36,142 21.6% 97%      
#23 Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$45,124 12,058 30.4% 96%      
#24 University of California--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

in-state: $12,692, out-of-state: $35,570 40,675 25.5% 97%      
#24 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$44,463 38,010 23.0% 97%  



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