Explore the 2022 Best National Universities

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Learn about the top 40 National Universities.

Earning an undergraduate degree from a top college can open the door to many career opportunities. From public to private universities, U.S. News' best National Universities include a mix of research institutions that offer a diverse range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Find out which schools topped the 2022 Best National Universities rankings and see key details about each, including costs using the latest data available to U.S. News. Due to ties in the rankings, more than 40 schools are included.

38 (tie). Georgia Institute of Technology

Total undergraduate enrollment: 16,561

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $12,682 (in-state), $33,794 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 4

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38 (tie). University of California--Davis

Total undergraduate enrollment: 31,162

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $14,654 (in-state), $44,408 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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38 (tie). University of Texas at Austin

Total undergraduate enrollment: 40,048

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $11,448 (in-state), $40,032 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Dec. 1

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38 (tie). William & Mary (VA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,236

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $23,812 (in-state), $46,467 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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36 (tie). Boston College

Total undergraduate enrollment: 9,445

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $61,706

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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36 (tie). University of California--Irvine

Total undergraduate enrollment: 29,638

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $13,955 (in-state), $43,709 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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34 (tie). University of California--San Diego

Total undergraduate enrollment: 31,842

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $14,733 (in-state), $44,487 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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34 (tie). University of Rochester (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,521

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $59,344

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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28 (tie). New York University

Total undergraduate enrollment: 27,444

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $56,500

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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28 (tie). Tufts University (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,114

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $63,000

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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28 (tie). University of California--Santa Barbara

Total undergraduate enrollment: 23,196

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $14,442 (in-state), $44,196 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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28 (tie). University of Florida

Total undergraduate enrollment: 34,931

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $6,380 (in-state), $28,658 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: March 1

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28 (tie). University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

Total undergraduate enrollment: 19,399

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $8,992 (in-state), $36,776 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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28 (tie). Wake Forest University (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,441

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $59,770

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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27. University of Southern California

Total undergraduate enrollment: 19,606

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $60,275

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 15

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25 (tie). Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,073

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $58,924

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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25 (tie). University of Virginia

Total undergraduate enrollment: 17,311

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $19,698 (in-state), $53,666 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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23 (tie). Georgetown University (DC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,357

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $59,957

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 10

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23 (tie). University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Total undergraduate enrollment: 31,329

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $16,178 (in-state), $53,232 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Feb. 1

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22. University of California--Berkeley

Total undergraduate enrollment: 30,980

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $14,361 (in-state), $44,115 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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21. Emory University (GA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,010

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $55,468

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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20. University of California--Los Angeles

Total undergraduate enrollment: 31,636

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $13,268 (in-state); $43,022 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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19. University of Notre Dame (IN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 8,874

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $58,843

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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17 (tie). Cornell University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 14,743

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $61,015

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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17 (tie). Rice University (TX)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,076

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $52,895

Regular decision application deadline: Jan.1

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14 (tie). Brown University (RI)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,792

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $62,404

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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14 (tie). Vanderbilt University (TN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,057

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $56,966

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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14 (tie). Washington University in St. Louis

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,653

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $58,866

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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13. Dartmouth College (NH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,170

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $60,870

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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9 (tie). California Institute of Technology

Total undergraduate enrollment: 901

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $58,680

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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9 (tie). Duke University (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,717

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $60,489

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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9 (tie). Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,331

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $58,720

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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9 (tie). Northwestern University (IL)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 8,194

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $60,984

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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8. University of Pennsylvania

Total undergraduate enrollment: 9,872

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $61,710

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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6 (tie). Stanford University (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,366

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $56,169

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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6 (tie). University of Chicago

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,989

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $60,963

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 1

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5. Yale University (CT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,703

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $59,950

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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2 (tie). Columbia University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,170

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $63,530

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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2 (tie). Harvard University (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,222

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $55,587

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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2 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,361

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $55,878

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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1. Princeton University (NJ)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,773

2021-2022 tuition and fees: $56,010

Regular decision application deadline: Jan.1

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These are the top 40 National Universities.

1. Princeton University2 (tie). Columbia University
2 (tie). Harvard University
2 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Yale University
6 (tie). Stanford University
6 (tie). University of Chicago
8. University of Pennsylvania
9 (tie). California Institute of Technology
9 (tie). Duke University
9 (tie). Johns Hopkins University
9 (tie). Northwestern University
13. Dartmouth College
14 (tie). Brown University
14 (tie). Vanderbilt University
14 (tie). Washington University in St. Louis
17 (tie). Cornell University
17 (tie). Rice University
19. University of Notre Dame
20. University of California--Los Angeles
21. Emory University
22. University of California--Berkeley
23 (tie). Georgetown University
23 (tie). University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
25 (tie). Carnegie Mellon University
25 (tie). University of Virginia
27. University of Southern California
28 (tie). New York University
28 (tie). Tufts University
28 (tie). University of California--Santa Barbara
28 (tie). University of Florida
28 (tie). University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
28 (tie). Wake Forest University
34 (tie). University of California--San Diego
34 (tie). University of Rochester
36 (tie). Boston College
36 (tie). University of California--Irvine
38 (tie). Georgia Institute of Technology
38 (tie). University of California--Davis
38 (tie). University of Texas at Austin
38 (tie). William & Mary

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