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Explore the 2020 Best National Universities

Nancy Pham

Learn about the best National Universities.

A quality education from a top college can lead to many career opportunities for graduates. The best National Universities include a mix of public and private research institutions that offer a diverse range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Find out which schools topped the 2020 Best National Universities rankings.

20. University of California--Los Angeles

Total undergraduate enrollment: 31,577

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $13,226 (in-state); $42,218 (out-of-state)

Regular decision application deadline: Nov. 30

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19. Washington University in St. Louis

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,751

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $55,292

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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17 (tie). Cornell University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 15,182

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,222

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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17 (tie). Rice University (TX)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,992

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $49,112

Regular decision application deadline: Jan.1

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15 (tie). University of Notre Dame (IN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 8,617

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $55,553

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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15 (tie). Vanderbilt University (TN)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,861

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $52,070

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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14. Brown University (RI)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,043

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $58,504

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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12 (tie). California Institute of Technology

Total undergraduate enrollment: 948

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $54,600

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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12 (tie). Dartmouth College (NH)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,417

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,204

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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10 (tie). Duke University (NC)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,682

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $58,198

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 3

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10 (tie). Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,064

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $55,350

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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9. Northwestern University (IL)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 8,231

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $56,691

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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6 (tie). Stanford University (CA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,087

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $53,529

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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6 (tie). University of Chicago

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,552

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $59,298

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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6 (tie). University of Pennsylvania

Total undergraduate enrollment: 10,183

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $57,770

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 5

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3 (tie). Columbia University (NY)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,202

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $61,850

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,602

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $53,790

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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3 (tie). Yale University (CT)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,964

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $55,500

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 2

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2. Harvard University (MA)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6,788

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $51,925

Regular decision application deadline: Jan. 1

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1. Princeton University (NJ)

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,428

2019-2020 tuition and fees: $51,870

Regular decision application deadline: Jan.1

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These are the top National Universities of 2020.

-- 1. Princeton University

-- 2. Harvard University

-- 3 (tie). Columbia University

-- 3 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-- 3 (tie). Yale University

-- 6 (tie). Stanford University

-- 6 (tie). University of Chicago

-- 6 (tie). University of Pennsylvania

-- 9. Northwestern University

-- 10 (tie). Duke University

-- 10 (tie). Johns Hopkins University

-- 12 (tie). California Institute of Technology

-- 12 (tie). Dartmouth College

-- 14. Brown University

-- 15 (tie). University of Notre Dame

-- 15 (tie). Vanderbilt University

-- 17 (tie). Cornell University

-- 17 (tie). Rice University

-- 19. Washington University in St. Louis

-- 20. University of California--Los Angeles



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