Prospective students and others may find lists of credible U.S. colleges and universities via the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Another avenue to find ranked lists of major colleges and universities is through the magazine U.S. News & World Report. Here we will compare a few of the nations public and private non-for-profit schools using these credible sources.
Highly Ranked Schools in the United States
For many students, a school's prestige is an important factor when choosing a school. For these students, they can look at the U.S. News & World Report National Universities Rankings. Listed a few of the top 100 schools in the nation.
- Texas A&M University in College Station, TX (#70)
- Ohio State University in Columbus, OH (#52)
- University of Texas in Austin, TX (#52)
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN (#69)
- University of Florida in Gainesville, FL (#47)
Largest Schools in the United States
Larger schools topically offer students a larger variety of programs, as well as more extracurricular activities and networking opportunities. If this is a concern of yours, you can check out NCES student population statistics. Listed are five of the largest schools in the nation and their size, according to 2015 NCES stats.
- Liberty University (80,494 enrolled students)
- Western Governors University (70,504 enrolled students)
- Texas A & M University-College Station (63,813 enrolled students)
- University of Central Florida (62,953 enrolled students)
- Miami Dade College (62,332 enrolled students)
Lowest Net Price
For most students, one of the largest factors in choosing a school is the cost. For this category the NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the averages amount of financial aid an undergraduate student receives at the school from the total cost of attending that school as a first-time full-time undergraduate student (based on in-state tuition when applicable). Here are five schools with relatively low net prices in the nation.
- South Texas College ($1,306)
- Palm Beach State College ($2,615)
- California State University-Los Angeles ($3,160)
- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ($4,335)
- The University of Texas at El Paso ($5,433)
Highest Graduation Rate
One way of assessing a school's quality of education is to look at the percentage of students who graduate. The NCES calculates graduation rates by looking at the percentage of full-time, undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the standard time (six years for a bachelor's degree, three for an associate's). Here are five of the best graduate rates in the nation, as of 2015.
- University of California-Berkeley (92% graduation rate)
- University of California-Los Angeles (91% graduation rate)
- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (90% graduation rate)
- University of California-Irvine (88% graduation rate)
- University of Florida (87% graduation rate)
With so many schools in the nation to choose from, we hope the information presented here will help you refine your search, if not find the right school for you.