Top 300 universities in the United States: Rankings & Acceptance rate

Rank
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University name
Acceptance rate
Acc. rate
City & State
1Harvard University5%Cambridge
Massachusetts
2Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%Cambridge
Massachusetts
3Stanford University5%Stanford
California
4University of California - Berkeley17%Berkeley
California
5Cornell University13%Ithaca
New York
6University of Washington - Seattle Campus46%Seattle
Washington
7Columbia University in the City of New York7%New York City
New York
8University of California - Los Angeles16%Los Angeles
California
9Yale University7%New Haven
Connecticut
10Princeton University6%Princeton
New Jersey
11Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus50%University Park
Pennsylvania
12University of California - Irvine37%Irvine
California
13Purdue University - Main Campus57%West Lafayette
Indiana
14Duke University10%Durham
North Carolina
15Carnegie Mellon University22%Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
16Texas A & M University - College Station71%College Station
Texas
17University of Michigan - Ann Arbor27%Ann Arbor
Michigan
18University of Minnesota45%Minneapolis
Minnesota
19University of Wisconsin - Madison54%Madison
Wisconsin
20Indiana University - Bloomington76%Bloomington
Indiana
21New York University28%New York City
New York
22University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%Chapel Hill
North Carolina
23University of Pennsylvania9%Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
24Michigan State University72%East Lansing
Michigan
25University of Maryland - College Park45%College Park
Maryland
26Johns Hopkins University13%Baltimore
Maryland
27University of Florida42%Gainesville
Florida
28Northwestern University9%Evanston
Illinois
29The University of Texas at Austin36%Austin
Texas
30Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey65%New Brunswick
New Jersey
31University of California-San Diego34%San Diego
California
32University of Southern California16%Los Angeles
California
33University of Chicago9%Chicago
Illinois
34University of California - Davis43%Davis
California
35University of Arizona84%Tucson
Arizona
36Arizona State University - Tempe84%Tempe
Arizona
37University of Virginia - Main Campus27%Charlottesville
Virginia
38University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign62%Champaign
Illinois
39Ohio State University - Main Campus48%Columbus
Ohio
40North Carolina State University at Raleigh51%Raleigh
North Carolina
41Boston University25%Boston
Massachusetts
42University of Colorado Boulder80%Boulder
Colorado
43Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University70%Blacksburg
Virginia
44University of Massachusetts - Amherst58%Amherst
Massachusetts
45University of Missouri - Columbia78%Columbia
Missouri
46Iowa State University89%Ames
Iowa
47Washington University in St Louis16%St. Louis
Missouri
48Michigan Career and Technical InstitutePlainwell
Michigan
49University of Nebraska - Lincoln64%Lincoln
Nebraska
50University of California - Santa Cruz51%Santa Cruz
California
51Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus23%Atlanta
Georgia
52University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus60%Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
53University of Utah66%Salt Lake City
Utah
54University of Georgia54%Athens
Georgia
55University of California - Santa Barbara33%Santa Barbara
California
56California Institute of Technology8%Pasadena
California
57University of Hawaii - System OfficeHonolulu
Hawaii
58University of Kentucky96%Lexington
Kentucky
59University of California - San FranciscoSan Francisco
California
60University of Iowa86%Iowa City
Iowa
61Vanderbilt University11%Nashville
Tennessee
62Emory University22%Atlanta
Georgia
63Florida State University49%Tallahassee
Florida
64Colorado State University - Fort Collins83%Fort Collins
Colorado
65University of Notre Dame19%Notre Dame
Indiana
66University of South Florida - Main Campus45%Tampa
Florida
67George Mason University81%Fairfax
Virginia
68Mayo Clinic School of Health SciencesRochester
Minnesota
69Dartmouth College10%Hanover
New Hampshire
70Rice University16%Houston
Texas
71University of Illinois at Chicago77%Chicago
Illinois
72Georgetown University16%Washington
District of Columbia
73Washington State University73%Pullman
Washington
74Oregon State University79%Corvallis
Oregon
75University of Oregon83%Eugene
Oregon
76CUNY System OfficeNew York City
New York
77University of Rochester34%Rochester
New York
78Brown University8%Providence
Rhode Island
79University of Delaware63%Newark
Delaware
80University at Buffalo57%Buffalo
New York
81George Washington University41%Washington
District of Columbia
82Tufts University15%Medford
Massachusetts
83Brigham Young University - Provo52%Provo
Utah
84University of Connecticut48%Storrs
Connecticut
85The University of Tennessee - Knoxville77%Knoxville
Tennessee
86University of New Mexico - Main Campus67%Albuquerque
New Mexico
87University of Kansas93%Lawrence
Kansas
88University of California - Riverside57%Riverside
California
89University of Miami36%Coral Gables
Florida
90Boston College32%Boston
Massachusetts
91University of Central Florida50%Orlando
Florida
92University of South Carolina - Columbia72%Columbia
South Carolina
93Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College74%Baton Rouge
Louisiana
94Georgia State University70%Atlanta
Georgia
95University of Houston61%Houston
Texas
96University of North Texas72%Denton
Texas
97University of Cincinnati - Main Campus76%Cincinnati
Ohio
98University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus74%Norman
Oklahoma
99University of New Hampshire - Main Campus77%Durham
New Hampshire
100Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute43%Troy
New York
101University of Alabama at Birmingham92%Birmingham
Alabama
102Santa Clara University54%Santa Clara
California
103Clemson University47%Clemson
South Carolina
104Temple University57%Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
105Cleveland Clinic Health System - School of Diagnostic ImagingEuclid
Ohio
106San Diego State University35%San Diego
California
107Utah State University89%Logan
Utah
108West Virginia University72%Morgantown
West Virginia
109Case Western Reserve University33%Cleveland
Ohio
110Drexel University79%Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
111Oklahoma State University - Main Campus74%Stillwater
Oklahoma
112Auburn University84%Auburn
Alabama
113University of West Alabama28%Livingston
Alabama
114Virginia Commonwealth University84%Richmond
Virginia
115Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis80%Indianapolis
Indiana
116American University29%Washington
District of Columbia
117Florida International University54%Miami
Florida
118Wayne State University67%Detroit
Michigan
119Rochester Institute of Technology57%Rochester
New York
120The University of Alabama53%Tuscaloosa
Alabama
121University of Vermont67%Burlington
Vermont
122Texas Tech University69%Lubbock
Texas
123University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee72%Milwaukee
Wisconsin
124Portland State University92%Portland
Oregon
125University of Nevada - Reno88%Reno
Nevada
126East Carolina University79%Greenville
North Carolina
127SUNY at Albany54%Albany
New York
128Gemological Institute of America - CarlsbadCarlsbad
California
129Kansas State University94%Manhattan
Kansas
130The University of Texas at Arlington71%Arlington
Texas
131Yeshiva University63%New York City
New York
132University of Arkansas66%Fayetteville
Arkansas
133Southern Methodist University49%Dallas
Texas
134University of Maryland - Baltimore County60%Baltimore
Maryland
135University of Maine - System Central OfficeOrono
Maine
136Northeastern University27%Boston
Massachusetts
137New Mexico State University - Main Campus64%Las Cruces
New Mexico
138Kent State University at Kent88%Kent
Ohio
139Nova Southeastern University58%Fort Lauderdale
Florida
140University of Maryland, BaltimoreBaltimore
Maryland
141Memorial Hospital School of Radiation Therapy TechnologyNew York City
New York
142Fordham University46%New York City
New York
143The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHouston
Texas
144Tulane University of Louisiana21%New Orleans
Louisiana
145University of Idaho73%Moscow
Idaho
146The University of Texas at Dallas76%Richardson
Texas
147Northern Arizona University81%Flagstaff
Arizona
148Mississippi State University62%Mississippi State
Mississippi
149San Francisco State University70%San Francisco
California
150University of Alaska System of Higher EducationFairbanks
Alaska
151Ball State University62%Muncie
Indiana
152Oregon Health & Science University5%Portland
Oregon
153University of Rhode Island70%Kingston
Rhode Island
154Baylor University39%Waco
Texas
155City University of Seattle85%Seattle
Washington
156University of Louisville75%Louisville
Kentucky
157Southern Illinois University - Carbondale76%Carbondale
Illinois
158University of Wyoming97%Laramie
Wyoming
159Montana State University83%Bozeman
Montana
160University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus65%Denver
Colorado
161California State University - Northridge58%Los Angeles
California
162Chicago State University78%Chicago
Illinois
163Illinois Institute of Technology54%Chicago
Illinois
164University of North Carolina at Charlotte66%Charlotte
North Carolina
165The University of Tennessee - Martin62%Martin
Tennessee
166Michigan Technological University74%Houghton
Michigan
167Northern Illinois University53%Dekalb
Illinois
168Western Michigan University82%Kalamazoo
Michigan
169The University of Montana93%Missoula
Montana
170Old Dominion University86%Norfolk
Virginia
171Southeastern University53%Lakeland
Florida
172Lehigh University25%Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
173College of William and Mary36%Williamsburg
Virginia
174Saint Louis University64%St. Louis
Missouri
175Brandeis University34%Waltham
Massachusetts
176University of Denver58%Denver
Colorado
177Binghamton University40%Vestal
New York
178Stony Brook University42%Stony Brook
New York
179The New School62%New York City
New York
180Worcester Polytechnic Institute48%Worcester
Massachusetts
181Loyola University Chicago71%Chicago
Illinois
182Florida Atlantic University60%Boca Raton
Florida
183University of Massachusetts Medical School WorcesterWorcester
Massachusetts
184International Technological UniversitySan Jose
California
185The University of Texas at San Antonio79%San Antonio
Texas
186University of Nevada - Las Vegas81%Las Vegas
Nevada
187University of North Carolina at Greensboro78%Greensboro
North Carolina
188Baylor College of MedicineHouston
Texas
189DePaul University72%Chicago
Illinois
190Texas State University73%San Marcos
Texas
191North Dakota State University - Main Campus92%Fargo
North Dakota
192University of Massachusetts - Boston75%Boston
Massachusetts
193University of Missouri - Kansas City64%Kansas City
Missouri
194San Jose State University67%San Jose
California
195Bowling Green State University - Main Campus73%Bowling Green
Ohio
196Ohio University - Main Campus74%Athens
Ohio
197University of Mississippi84%University
Mississippi
198University of Alaska Fairbanks77%Fairbanks
Alaska
199California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo35%San Luis Obispo
California
200Pace University80%New York City
New York
201Seton Hall University73%South Orange
New Jersey
202James Madison University75%Harrisonburg
Virginia
203Wake Forest University28%Winston-Salem
North Carolina
204California State University - Long Beach28%Long Beach
California
205Appalachian State University70%Boone
North Carolina
206California State University - Fullerton46%Fullerton
California
207Middlebury College17%Middlebury
Vermont
208Boise State University84%Boise
Idaho
209Marquette University89%Milwaukee
Wisconsin
210Swarthmore College11%Swarthmore
Pennsylvania
211Carleton College21%Northfield
Minnesota
212University of Richmond33%Richmond
Virginia
213Idaho State University85%Pocatello
Idaho
214University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallas
Texas
215The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio45%San Antonio
Texas
216University of Northern Iowa81%Cedar Falls
Iowa
217University of San Francisco66%San Francisco
California
218University of Maine92%Orono
Maine
219University of Jamestown65%Jamestown
North Dakota
220New Jersey Institute of Technology61%Newark
New Jersey
221University of Memphis85%Memphis
Tennessee
222Pepperdine University40%Malibu
California
223Clark Atlanta University58%Atlanta
Georgia
224Liberty University30%Lynchburg
Virginia
225Northcentral UniversitySan Diego
California
226Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukee
Wisconsin
227Alhambra Medical UniversityAlhambra
California
228The University of Texas at El Paso100%El Paso
Texas
229Berklee College of Music53%Boston
Massachusetts
230University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside School of Nursing100%Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
231University of Colorado System OfficeDenver
Colorado
232American Film Institute ConservatoryLos Angeles
California
233University of Akron Main Campus93%Akron
Ohio
234School of Professional Horticulture, New York Botanical Garden100%New York City
New York
235University of Massachusetts - Lowell69%Lowell
Massachusetts
236La Salle University79%Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
237Medical University of South CarolinaCharleston
South Carolina
238Rockefeller UniversityNew York City
New York
239Wright State University - Main Campus97%Dayton
Ohio
240University of Southern Mississippi98%Hattiesburg
Mississippi
241Quinnipiac University74%Hamden
Connecticut
242University of Western States75%Portland
Oregon
243University of New England81%Biddeford
Maine
244The University of Texas Medical BranchGalveston
Texas
245Villanova University36%Villanova
Pennsylvania
246University of Toledo94%Toledo
Ohio
247Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia
Pennsylvania
248Western Washington University85%Bellingham
Washington
249Grand Valley State University81%Allendale
Michigan
250University of Central Arkansas90%Conway
Arkansas
251Western Kentucky University95%Bowling Green
Kentucky
252Smith College32%Northampton
Massachusetts
253University of Dayton72%Dayton
Ohio
254Creighton University72%Omaha
Nebraska
255Vassar College24%Poughkeepsie
New York
256University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmaha
Nebraska
257Hawaii Pacific University75%Honolulu
Hawaii
258University of Wisconsin ExtensionMadison
Wisconsin
259Colorado School of Mines56%Golden
Colorado
260Hofstra University64%Hempstead
New York
261California State University - Sacramento68%Sacramento
California
262Williams College15%Williamstown
Massachusetts
263Bryn Mawr College38%Bryn Mawr
Pennsylvania
264University of Illinois at Springfield52%Springfield
Illinois
265Wichita State University94%Wichita
Kansas
266Missouri University of Science and Technology84%Rolla
Missouri
267Naval Postgraduate SchoolMonterey
California
268Bucknell University31%Lewisburg
Pennsylvania
269Wesleyan University16%Middletown
Connecticut
270University of North Dakota83%Grand Forks
North Dakota
271University of California-System Administration Central OfficeOakland
California
272Wellesley College22%Wellesley
Massachusetts
273University of Puerto Rico - Central AdministrationSan Juan
Puerto Rico
274Loyola Marymount University52%Los Angeles
California
275California State University - Chico68%Chico
California
276University of Nebraska at Omaha87%Omaha
Nebraska
277University of West Georgia59%Carrollton
Georgia
278Babson College24%Wellesley
Massachusetts
279University of Missouri - St Louis76%St. Louis
Missouri
280University of San Diego50%San Diego
California
281Texas Christian University41%Fort Worth
Texas
282Harvey Mudd College15%Claremont
California
283Miami University - Oxford68%Oxford
Ohio
284Oakland University84%Rochester Hills
Michigan
285University of Illinois University AdministrationUrbana
Illinois
286Calvin College83%Grand Rapids
Michigan
287Chapman University57%Orange
California
288University of Alabama in Huntsville81%Huntsville
Alabama
289Central Michigan University68%Mount Pleasant
Michigan
290North Carolina Central University83%Durham
North Carolina
291Oberlin College34%Oberlin
Ohio
292Georgia Southern University68%Statesboro
Georgia
293Middle Tennessee State University59%Murfreesboro
Tennessee
294Cleveland State University90%Cleveland
Ohio
295Teachers College at Columbia UniversityNew York City
New York
296Florida Institute of Technology63%Melbourne
Florida
297Towson University77%Towson
Maryland
298Marist College43%Poughkeepsie
New York
299Kennesaw State University61%Kennesaw
Georgia
300Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremont
California

The best cities to study in the United States based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, and Ithaca.

Average cost of living for students in the United States is $729 + $164-1171 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).