Top 25 National Universities Tuition Comparison

A national university is a 4-years (or high) school that offers diverse areas of major programs for both undergraduate and graduate programs such as University of California and Princeton University. Here, we introduce the 2020 Top 25 National Universities and compare them with admission and tuition information. Stanford University ranks first in Top 25 National Universities ranking and Harvard University is placed in second. (Ranking data from College Evaluator)

Academic Comparison Between Top 25 National Universities

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2 public and 23 private schools are included in the Top 25 National Universities ranking. The average acceptance rate of the schools is 10.16% where Stanford University has the tightest acceptance rate of 4% and University of Notre Dame has the highest rate of 18%. The average SAT score of the schools is 1,490 where California Institute of Technology has the highest SAT score of 1,555. Total 491,388 students are attending the Top 25 National Universities where University of Southern California is the largest with 47,310 students and California Institute of Technology is the smallest with 2,233 students. The average graduation rate is 94.24% and the average students to faculty ratio is 7.76:1 at those colleges.
Next table compares the key academic facts between the Top 25 National Universities with acceptance rate, SAT scores, graduation rates, student population, and students to faculty ratio.
Table. Top 25 National Universities Key Academic Facts
RankNameAcceptance RateSAT ScoreGraduation RatePopulationStudent-Faculty Ratio
1Stanford University
Stanford, CA
4%1,49594%17,3815:1
2Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
5%1,52098%31,5667:1
3Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
5%1,50596%8,3745:1
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
7%1,53594%11,5743:1
5Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
6%1,50596%31,0776:1
6Yale University
New Haven, CT
6%1,51597%13,4336:1
7California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
7%1,55592%2,2333:1
8University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
7%1,52094%17,0025:1
9University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
8%1,48595%25,8606:1
10Brown University
Providence, RI
8%1,48595%10,2576:1
11Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
8%1,49095%22,1276:1
12Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
9%1,49095%6,5727:1
13Duke University
Durham, NC
9%1,51096%16,6066:1
14Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
11%1,46595%23,6009:1
15Rice University
Houston, TX
11%1,50595%7,1246:1
16Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
10%1,50594%12,8247:1
17University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
14%1,40591%44,53718:1
18University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
15%1,42591%42,50120:1
19Georgetown University
Washington, DC
15%1,45094%19,20411:1
20University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
13%1,44092%47,3109:1
21Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
11%1,50593%26,1527:1
22Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
15%1,52095%15,8527:1
23University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
18%1,47597%12,60710:1
24Tufts University
Medford, MA
15%1,45593%11,5869:1
25Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
17%1,50089%14,02910:1
Average10.16%1,49094.24%491,388 (Total)7.76:1

Top 25 National Universities 2020 Tuition Comparison and 2021 Estimated Costs

Next table lists 2019-2020 tuition & fees and compares them between Top 25 National Universities. The 2019-2020 costs are officially published by IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education. The estimated costs for year 2020-2021 are calculated and estimated based on each school's rate of tuition change from 2019 to 2020.

For the undergraduate programs, the average tuition & fees of Top 25 National Universities is $54,983 where Columbia University in the City of New York has the most expensive costs with $61,788 and University of California-Los Angeles has the lowest amount of tuition with $42,994. The average graduate tuition & fees of Top 25 National Universities is $49,422 where University of Chicago has the highest tuition with $61,548 and University of California-Los Angeles has the lowest amount of graduate school tuition with $28,055.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. Top 25 National Universities 2020 Undergraduate Tuition Comparison and 2021 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2020 Tuition & Fees2021 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University $53,529$55,796
2Harvard University $51,925$53,474
3Princeton University $52,800$55,380
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology $53,790$55,821
5Columbia University in the City of New York $61,788$71,460
6Yale University $55,500$57,650
7California Institute of Technology $54,600$56,933
8University of Chicago $60,552$64,318
9University of Pennsylvania $57,770$60,041
10Brown University $58,404$61,497
11Northwestern University $56,691$58,896
12Dartmouth College $57,638$60,364
13Duke University $58,031$60,464
14Cornell University $57,222$59,330
15Rice University $49,112$50,939
16Vanderbilt University $52,070$54,425
17University of California-Los Angeles $13,240$42,994 $13,254$43,784
18University of California-Berkeley $14,253$44,007 $14,322$44,854
19Georgetown University $56,058$58,082
20University of Southern California $58,195$60,301
21Johns Hopkins University $55,350$57,008
22Washington University in St Louis $55,292$57,252
23University of Notre Dame $55,553$57,802
24Tufts University $58,578$60,859
25Carnegie Mellon University $57,119$58,822
Average$13,747$54,983$13,788$57,423
Table. Top 25 National Universities 2020 Graduate School Tuition Comparison and 2021 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2020 Tuition & Fees2021 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University $49,617$47,938
2Harvard University $49,214$50,923
3Princeton University $53,770$56,413
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology $57,059$59,220
5Columbia University in the City of New York $49,968$51,597
6Yale University $43,300$44,534
7California Institute of Technology $54,537$56,942
8University of Chicago $61,548$64,240
9University of Pennsylvania $40,182$41,796
10Brown University $58,180$61,174
11Northwestern University $56,567$58,583
12Dartmouth College $55,947$58,148
13Duke University $56,888$59,150
14Cornell University $29,585$29,586
15Rice University $49,403$63,495
16Vanderbilt University $46,297$44,948
17University of California-Los Angeles $12,953$28,055 $12,960$28,062
18University of California-Berkeley $14,187$29,289 $14,243$29,345
19Georgetown University $51,790$53,631
20University of Southern California $47,107$48,705
21Johns Hopkins University $57,556$59,350
22Washington University in St Louis $54,750$56,691
23University of Notre Dame $55,380$57,629
24Tufts University $53,658$55,165
25Carnegie Mellon University $45,909$47,185
Average$13,570$49,422$13,602$51,378

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November 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM delete

Is the tuition per year or the whole course?

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January 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM delete

not for the whole course for sure..
could be either per a year or a semester

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