Yale University was founded in 1701 along 342 acres in New Haven, CT. It is home to 5,430 students. Yale's curriculum encourages students to study both widely and in depth across several disciplines. In addition to probing a major field in depth, students are expected to explore the humanities and arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students at Yale enjoy very small classes (76.8 percent have fewer than 20 students) and a very low student/faculty ratio of 6:1. Yale only accepts a very elite 6.9 percent of its applicants, 99 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Yale University total $45,800, but 100 percent of students had their financial needs met in full.
Our 2016 Ranking of the Best National Research Universities are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors were weighted equally in our ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com.
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Top 10 Best National Research Universities
|1||Yale University||New Haven, CT|
|2||Harvard University||Cambridge, MA|
|3||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA|
|4||Stanford University||Stanford, CA|
|5||Columbia University||New York, NY|
|6||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA|
|7||Princeton University||Princeton, NJ|
|8||Duke University||Durham, NC|
|9||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA|
|10||Dartmouth College||Hanover, NH|
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