: 6,071 Student-faculty ratio
: 12:1 Graduation rate
: 4-yr., 85%; 6-yr., 91% Annual in-state cost
: $23,950 Annual out-of-state cost
: $47,724 Avg. debt at graduation
Small and highly competitive, this so-called "public Ivy" admits some of the cleverest students in our rankings: 43% scored 700 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT, and 37% earned 700 or higher on the math portion. An enviable ratio of 12 students per faculty member helps keep these brainiacs engaged. Total cost is on the high side compared with other state schools, but with 85% of students graduating within four years, it's unlikely that you’ll pay for an extra year.
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