According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranking universities in the United States are Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University. These top schools are very expensive, with tuition listed as greater than $40,000 per year.
For students that are looking for a more affordable university, there are several ranked schools that have tuition rates of $20,000 per year or less. These less-expensive schools include the University of North Dakota, which is ranked at No. 168, Ball State University, which is ranked at No. 173, and the University of Maine, which is also ranked at No. 173, tying with Ball State University.