U.S. News & World Report released the list of Best Colleges in 2016 to help future students make comparison of the academic quality in US-based colleges. The rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality. They emphasize outcomes, especially graduation and retention rates are most important aspects. The rankings are great place to start looking for your future college in the States.

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Best National Universities

1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Yale University (CT)
4. Columbia University (NY)
4. Stanford University (CA)
4. University of Chicago (IL)
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
8. Duke University (NC)
9. University of Pennsylvania
10. California Institute of Technology
10. Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Below is a full list of top 100 colleges

Rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate
#1 Princeton University $43,450 8,088 7.4% 98% 97%
Princeton, NJ
#2 Harvard University $45,278 19,929 6% 97% 98%
Cambridge, MA
#3 Yale University $47,600 12,336 6.3% 99% 96%
New Haven, CT
#4 Columbia University $51,008 24,221 7% 99% 96%
New York, NY
#4 Stanford University $46,320 16,795 5.1% 98% 95%
Stanford, CA
#4 University of Chicago $50,193 12,558 8.8% 99% 93%
Chicago, IL
#7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $46,704 11,319 7.9% 98% 91%
Cambridge, MA
#8 Duke University $49,341 15,856 11.4% 97% 95%
Durham, NC
#9 University of Pennsylvania $49,536 21,296 10.4% 98% 96%
Philadelphia, PA
#10 California Institute of Technology $45,390 2,209 8.8% 97% 92%
Pasadena, CA
#10 Johns Hopkins University $48,710 21,484 15% 97% 94%
Baltimore, MD
#12 Dartmouth College $49,506 6,298 11.5% 98% 95%
Hanover, NH
#12 Northwestern University $49,047 20,336 13.1% 97% 94%
Evanston, IL
#14 Brown University $49,346 9,181 8.7% 98% 96%
Providence, RI
#15 Cornell University $49,116 21,850 14.2% 97% 93%
Ithaca, NY
#15 Vanderbilt University $43,838 12,686 13.1% 97% 93%
Nashville, TN
#15 Washington University in St. Louis $48,093 14,348 17.1% 97% 95%
St. Louis, MO
#18 Rice University $42,253 6,621 15.1% 97% 93%
Houston, TX
#18 University of Notre Dame $47,929 12,179 21.1% 98% 96%
Notre Dame, IN
#20 University of California—​Berkeley in-state: $13,432, out-of-state: $38,140 37,581 16% 97% 91%
Berkeley, CA
#21 Emory University $46,314 14,769 26.8% 95% 91%
Atlanta, GA
#21 Georgetown University $48,611 17,858 17.4% 96% 95%
Washington, DC
#23 Carnegie Mellon University $50,410 13,285 24.6% 95% 88%
Pittsburgh, PA
#23 University of California—​Los Angeles in-state: $12,753, out-of-state: $35,631 43,239 18.6% 97% 91%
Los Angeles, CA
#23 University of Southern California $50,210 42,469 18% 97% 91%
Los Angeles, CA
#26 University of Virginia in-state: $14,526, out-of-state: $43,822 23,732 29% 97% 94%
Charlottesville, VA
#27 Tufts University $50,604 10,907 17.3% 96% 92%
Medford, MA
#27 Wake Forest University $47,682 7,788 34.4% 94% 88%
Winston-Salem, NC
#29 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor in-state: $14,336, out-of-state: $43,377 43,625 32.2% 97% 91%
Ann Arbor, MI
#30 Boston College $49,324 13,575 33.9% 95% 91%
Chestnut Hill, MA
#30 University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill in-state: $8,562, out-of-state: $33,644 29,135 28.5% 97% 90%
Chapel Hill, NC
#32 New York University $46,170 49,274 35.5% 92% 82%
New York, NY
#33 University of Rochester $48,290 11,060 36.4% 96% 84%
Rochester, NY
#34 Brandeis University $49,598 5,945 35.2% 94% 91%
Waltham, MA
#34 College of William and Mary in-state: $16,919, out-of-state: $40,516 8,437 33% 96% 90%
Williamsburg, VA
#36 Georgia Institute of Technology in-state: $12,204, out-of-state: $32,396 23,109 33.4% 96% 82%
Atlanta, GA
#37 Case Western Reserve University $44,560 10,771 38.3% 93% 81%
Cleveland, OH
#37 University of California—​Santa Barbara in-state: $13,865, out-of-state: $38,573 23,051 36.3% 92% 87%
Santa Barbara, CA
#39 University of California—​Irvine in-state: $14,577, out-of-state: $37,455 30,051 37.4% 93% 87%
Irvine, CA
#39 University of California—​San Diego in-state: $14,042, out-of-state: $38,066 29,909 33.5% 95% 86%
La Jolla, CA
#41 Boston University $48,436 32,112 34.5% 93% 85%
Boston, MA
#41 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $49,341 7,028 37.5% 93% 82%
Troy, NY
#41 Tulane University $49,638 13,531 28% 90% 83%
New Orleans, LA
#41 University of California—​Davis in-state: $13,951, out-of-state: $38,659 34,508 40.6% 93% 87%
Davis, CA
#41 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign in-state: $15,626, out-of-state: $30,786 45,140 59% 94% 84%
Champaign, IL
#41 University of Wisconsin—​Madison in-state: $10,415, out-of-state: $29,665 43,193 49.8% 95% 85%
Madison, WI
#47 Lehigh University $46,230 7,119 34.3% 95% 87%
Bethlehem, PA
#47 Northeastern University $45,530 19,798 32.2% 96% 82%
Boston, MA
#47 Pennsylvania State University—​University Park in-state: $17,514, out-of-state: $31,346 47,040 50.3% 92% 86%
University Park, PA
#47 University of Florida in-state: $6,313, out-of-state: $28,591 50,350 47.1% 96% 88%
Gainesville, FL
#51 University of Miami $45,724 16,774 38.2% 92% 81%
Coral Gables, FL
#52 Ohio State University—​Columbus in-state: $10,037, out-of-state: $26,537 58,322 53% 93% 83%
Columbus, OH
#52 Pepperdine University $48,342 7,417 35.5% 92% 84%
Malibu, CA
#52 University of Texas—​Austin in-state: $9,830, out-of-state: $34,836 51,313 39.7% 94% 81%
Austin, TX
#52 University of Washington in-state: $12,394, out-of-state: $33,513 44,784 55.2% 93% 84%
Seattle, WA
#52 Yeshiva University $39,530 6,438 81.8% 91% 89%
New York, NY
#57 George Washington University $50,435 25,613 43.8% 93% 79%
Washington, DC
#57 University of Connecticut in-state: $13,364, out-of-state: $34,908 26,541 50% 93% 81%
Storrs, CT
#57 University of Maryland—​College Park in-state: $9,996, out-of-state: $31,144 37,610 47.8% 95% 85%
College Park, MD
#57 Worcester Polytechnic Institute $45,590 6,381 43.8% 96% 85%
Worcester, MA
#61 Clemson University in-state: $14,240, out-of-state: $32,796 21,857 52.8% 91% 82%
Clemson, SC
#61 Purdue University—​West Lafayette in-state: $10,002, out-of-state: $28,804 38,770 59.2% 92% 74%
West Lafayette, IN
#61 Southern Methodist University $48,190 11,272 52.4% 90% 77%
Dallas, TX
#61 Syracuse University $43,318 21,492 53.2% 92% 80%
Syracuse, NY
#61 University of Georgia in-state: $11,622, out-of-state: $29,832 35,197 55.8% 94% 85%
Athens, GA
#66 Brigham Young University—​Provo $5,150 30,484 47% 88% 79%
Provo, UT
#66 Fordham University $45,623 15,231 48.1% 89% 80%
New York, NY
#66 University of Pittsburgh in-state: $18,192, out-of-state: $28,958 28,617 53.1% 92% 82%
Pittsburgh, PA
#69 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cis in-state: $13,560, out-of-state: $20,810 51,147 45.4% 91% 78%
Minneapolis, MN
#70 Texas A&M University—​College Station in-state: $9,180, out-of-state: $26,356 61,263 71% 91% 79%
College Station, TX
#70 Virginia Tech in-state: $12,017, out-of-state: $27,444 31,224 72.6% 92% 83%
Blacksburg, VA
#72 American University $43,103 13,061 45.8% 89% 82%
Washington, DC
#72 Baylor University $40,198 16,263 55.4% 87% 72%
Waco, TX
#72 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick in-state: $14,131, out-of-state: $29,521 48,378 60.5% 92% 80%
Piscataway, NJ
#75 Clark University $41,940 3,423 54% 89% 78%
Worcester, MA
#75 Colorado School of Mines in-state: $17,383, out-of-state: $34,828 5,795 36.5% 91% 76%
Golden, CO
#75 Indiana University—​Bloomington in-state: $10,388, out-of-state: $33,741 46,416 76.1% 89% 78%
Bloomington, IN
#75 Michigan State University in-state: $13,560, out-of-state: $36,360 50,085 66.1% 91% 79%
East Lansing, MI
#75 Stevens Institute of Technology $47,190 6,125 43.8% 95% 82%
Hoboken, NJ
#75 University of Delaware in-state: $12,342, out-of-state: $30,692 21,870 65.9% 92% 81%
Newark, DE
#75 University of Massachusetts—​Amherst in-state: $14,356, out-of-state: $30,689 28,635 61.3% 89% 76%
Amherst, MA
#82 Miami University—​Oxford in-state: $14,287, out-of-state: $30,987 18,620 65.8% 90% 79%
Oxford, OH
#82 Texas Christian University $40,720 10,033 48.9% 89% 76%
Fort Worth, TX
#82 University of California—​Santa Cruz in-state: $13,481, out-of-state: $38,189 17,866 57% 90% 80%
Santa Cruz, CA
#82 University of Iowa in-state: $8,104, out-of-state: $27,890 31,387 81% 86% 70%
Iowa City, IA
#86 Marquette University $37,170 11,745 66.7% 90% 79%
Milwaukee, WI
#86 University of Denver $44,178 11,809 76.5% 87% 76%
Denver, CO
#86 University of Tulsa $36,962 4,682 40.3% 88% 70%
Tulsa, OK
#89 Binghamton University—​SUNY in-state: $9,044, out-of-state: $22,164 16,695 44.1% 91% 81%
Binghamton, NY
#89 North Carolina State University—​Raleigh in-state: $8,581, out-of-state: $24,932 33,989 51.4% 92% 76%
Raleigh, NC
#89 Stony Brook University—​SUNY in-state: $8,855, out-of-state: $23,935 24,607 41.3% 90% 69%
Stony Brook, NY
#89 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in-state: $7,770, out-of-state: $17,620 2,457 51.1% 85% 68%
Syracuse, NY
#89 University of Colorado—​Boulder in-state: $11,091, out-of-state: $34,125 32,080 84.2% 84% 70%
Boulder, CO
#89 University of San Diego $44,586 8,349 46.3% 89% 77%
San Diego, CA
#89 University of Vermont in-state: $16,226, out-of-state: $37,874 12,856 73.4% 86% 76%
Burlington, VT
#96 Florida State University in-state: $6,507, out-of-state: $21,673 41,226 55.4% 92% 79%
Tallahassee, FL
#96 Saint Louis University $39,226 13,287 60.3% 88% 72%
St. Louis, MO
#96 University of Alabama in-state: $10,170, out-of-state: $25,950 36,047 51.1% 87% 66%
Tuscaloosa, AL
#99 Drexel University $48,791 23,890 76% 85% 67%
Philadelphia, PA
#99 Loyola University Chicago $39,179 15,902 63.3% 86% 73%
Chicago, IL
#99 University at Buffalo—​SUNY in-state: $8,870, out-of-state: $22,290 29,944 57.8% 88% 72%
Buffalo, NY
#102 Auburn University in-state: $10,424, out-of-state: $28,040 25,912 83.5% 90% 71%
Auburn, AL
#103 University of Missouri in-state: $9,509, out-of-state: $25,166 35,441 77.7% 85% 69%
Columbia, MO
#103 University of Nebraska—​Lincoln in-state: $8,382, out-of-state: $22,790 25,006 69.9% 84% 67%
Lincoln, NE
#103 University of New Hampshire in-state: $16,552, out-of-state: $29,532 15,169 80% 86% 77%
Durham, NH
#103 University of Oregon in-state: $9,918, out-of-state: $30,888 24,096 74.9% 86% 69%
Eugene, OR
#103 University of Tennessee in-state: $11,948, out-of-state: $30,138 30,386 74.8% 86% 69%
Knoxville, TN

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