The T20 Schools for Undergrad, Law School, Medical School, and Other Grad Programs

Many students dream of attending a T20 school one day, but which schools are they? Here is a list of T20 schools for undergraduate, law school, medical school, and other graduate programs from US News.

Many students dream of attending a T20 school one day, but which schools are they? Here is a list of T20 schools for undergraduate, law school, medical school, and other graduate programs from US News.


US News ranks schools on a number of factors, including student-to-faculty ratio, student feedback, average student loan debt post-graduation, and more.


All tuition and fees listed are for full-time students at each college or university. 


Undergraduate T20 Schools:  

Here is US News’ list of T20 undergraduate schools. Every school on this list is a private university, except for the University of California - Los Angeles. All eight Ivy League schools are included. 

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

Acceptance Rate

1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$53,890

5.8%

2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$54,002

4.6%

3

Columbia University

New York, NY

$64,380

5.4%

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$53,818

6.7%

4

Yale University

New Haven, CT

$57,700

6.1%

6

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$56,169

4.3%

6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$59,298

6.2%

8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$60,042

7.7%

9

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$56,862

6.4%

9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$57,010

11.2%

9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$58,701

9.1%

12

Duke University

Durham, NC

$60,488

7.6%

13

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

$59,458

7.9%

14

Brown University

Providence, RI

$60,696

7.1%

14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$54,158

9.1%

16

Rice University

Houston, TX

$51,107

8.7%

16

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$57,386

13.9%

18

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$59,316

10.9%

19

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$57,699

15.8%

20

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$42,980 (out of state)

$13,226 (in state)

12.3%


T20 Law Schools:

Earning a JD degree from a top school is a significant step for those pursuing a career in law. Here is US News’ list of T20 law schools. US News evaluated these schools by looking at how graduates performed after receiving their JDs, faculty and school resources, achievements of entering students, and more. 

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

Acceptance Rate

1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

$68,117

6.9%

2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$66,396

8.7%

3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$67,081

12.9%

4

Columbia University

New York, NY

$74,995

16.8%

4

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$69,975

17.5%

6

New York University

New York, NY

$71,304

23.6%

6

University of Pennsylvania (Carey)

Philadelphia, PA

$68,130

14.6%

8

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

$65,500 (in state)

$68,500 (out of state)

15.3%

9

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$60,158 (in state)

$62,816 (out of state)

20.2%

10

Duke University

Durham, NC

$66,120

20.2%

10

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$64,198 (in state)

$67,198 (out of state)

19.6%

12

Northwestern University (Pritzker)

Chicago, IL

$68,800

19.3%

13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$70,274

21.1%

14

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$50,624 (in state)

$56,223 (out of state)

22.5%

15

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$63,528

21.2%

16

University of Texas - Austin

Austin, TX

$36,429 (in state)

$54,096 (out of state)

20.9%

16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$62,230

23.7%

16

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$61,584

30.0%

19

University of Southern California (Gould)

Los Angeles, CA

$68,828

19.2%

20

Boston University

Boston, MA

$58,962

25.9%


T20 Medical Schools - Research:

A medical degree is a timely investment, but often results in a high salary, job security, and the opportunity to do meaningful work. Here is the list of T20 medical schools for research by US News. All of the schools on this list are extremely competitive with single digit acceptance rates, but boast extensive resources and great job opportunities for their students. 

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

Acceptance Rate

1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$64,984

3.5%

2

New York University (Grossman)

New York, NY

$0

2.2%

3

Duke University

Durham, NC

$61,170

3.6%

4

Columbia University

New York, NY

$64,868

4.1%

4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$62,193

2.3%

4

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$36,342 (in state)

$48,587 (out of state)

3.9%

7

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$56,500

6.8%

7

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$37,760 (in state)

$69,186 (out of state)

4.7%

9

University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

Philadelphia, PA

$59,910

5.2%

10

Yale University

New Haven, CT

$64,864

6.2%

11

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix)

Rochester, MN

$58,900

3.2%

11

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$64,231

8.0%

13

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

$57,684 (in state)

$59,930 (out of state)

4.6%

13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$60,870

5.5%

15

Northwestern University (Feinberg)

Chicago, IL

$64,262

5.7%

15

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$41,790 (in state)

$60,240 (out of state)

4.6%

17

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

New York, NY

$56,975

5.3%

17

University of Chicago (Pritzker)

Chicago, IL

$56,550

4.1%

19

Cornell University (Weill)

New York, NY

$61,110

4.3%

19

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, CA

$36,156 (in state)

$48,401 (out of state)

3.6%


T20 Business Schools: 

Pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) teaches students communication, leadership, management, and can help students in advancing their careers. Here is US News’ T20 business schools list: 

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

Acceptance Rate

1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$74,706

6.9%

2

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Philadelphia, PA

$80,432

23.1%

3

University of Chicago (Booth)

Chicago, IL

$73,440

24.2%

4

Northwestern University (Kellog)

Evanston, IL

$74,871

27.0%

5

Harvard University

Boston, MA

$73,440

11.5%

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

Cambridge, MA

$77,168

14.6%

7

Columbia University

New York, NY

$77,376

16.4%

7

University of California - Berkeley (Haas)

Berkeley, CA

$64,246 (in state)

$68,444 (out of state)

17.7%

9

Yale University

New Haven, CT

$72,350

25.2%

10

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Hanover, NH

$77,520

34.5%

10

New York University (Stern)

New York, NY

$76,780

26.1%

12

Duke University (Fuqua)

Durham, NC

$70,000

22.9%

13

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ross)

Ann Arbor, MI

$66,048 (in state)

$71,048 (out of state)

30.9%

13

University of Virginia (Darden)

Charlottesville, VA

$66,436 (in state)

$68,754 (out of state)

35.6%

15

Cornell University (Johnson)

Ithaca, NY

$71,940

38.3%

16

Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

Pittsburgh, PA

$70,000

42.8%

16

University of Southern California (Marshall)

Los Angeles, CA

$61,500

29.9%

18 

University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson)

Los Angeles, CA

$65,049 

30.5%

18

University of Texas - Austin (McCombs)

Austin, TX

$51,020 (in state)

$56,572 (out of state)

38.1%

20

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

Chapel Hill, NC

$48,051 (in state)

$63,174 (out of state)

38.8%


T20 Engineering Schools:Engineering schools often focus on both technical curriculum and professional/managerial curriculum. They can open the doors to more advanced career paths. Below is US News’ T20 engineering schools:

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$53,450

2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$57,861

3

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

4

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$56,649

4

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$50,100

4

Purdue University - West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

$10,330 (in state)

$29,132 (out of state)

7

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$27,718 (in state)

$52,098 (out of state)

8

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

$14,064 (in state)

$29,140 (out of state)

9

University of California - San Diego (Jacobs)

La Jolla, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

10

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

$18,998 (in state)

$36,150 (out of state)

11

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, TX

$282 per credit (in state)

$794 per credit (out of state)

12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$29,500

12

University of Southern California (Viterbi)

Los Angeles, CA

$2,148 per credit

12

University of Texas - Austin (Cockrell)

Austin, TX

$10,554 (in state)

$19,320 (out of state)

15

Columbia University (Fu Foundation)

New York, NY

$52,704

16

University of California - Los Angeles (Samueli)

Los Angeles, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

17

Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)

Baltimore, MD

$54,160

18

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$42,312

19

Northwestern University (McCormick)

Evanston, IL

$58,029

20

University of Maryland - College Park (Clark)

College Park, MD

$731 per credit (in state)

$1,625 per credit (out of state)


T20 Nursing Schools:

For those hoping to become a nurse practitioner, a nurse midwife, a nurse specialist, amongst other careers, a master’s in nursing can be quite helpful. Here is the list of T20 nursing schools by US News:

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$1,738 per credit

2

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$1,963 per credit

3

Duke University

Durham, NC

$1,838 per credit

3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$45,248

5

Columbia University

New York, NY

$87,242

6

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

$19,062 (in state)

$40,394 (out of state)

6

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$17,919 (in state)

$31,026 (out of state)

8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$1,716 per credit

9

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

$973 per credit (in state)

$2,447 per credit

(out of state)

9

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$12,570 (in state)

$24,815 (out of state)

11

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$1,351 per credit (in state)

$2,773 per credit (out of state)

12

New York University (Meyers)

New York, NY

$36,514 

13

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$2,197 per credit

13

Rush University

Chicago, IL

$1,035 per credit

13

University of Alabama - Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

$656 per credit

16

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$24,237 (in state)

$36,382 (out of state)

17

University of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago, IL

$20,838 (in state)

$33,076 (out of state)

17

Yale University

Orange, CT

$46,190

19

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, NJ

$943 per credit (in state)

$1,367 per credit (out of state)

19

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

$18,520 (in state)

$30,240 (out of state)


T20 Education Schools:

A master’s degree in education teaches students a broad range of topics, from educational law to counseling. Those who are looking to advance their degree and pursue a career in educational leadership should consider applying to one of these T20 education schools, as listed by US News: 

Ranking

School Name

Location

Tuition and Fees

1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$51,904

1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$1,752 per credit

3

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

4

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

$10,728 (in state)

$24,054 (out of state)

5

Vanderbilt University (Peabody)

Nashville, TN

$2,087 per credit

6

New York University (Steinhardt)

New York, NY

$44,808

6

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$54,315

8

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

$3,880 per credit

9

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York, NY

$1,768 per credit

9

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$24,816 (in state)

$50,116 (out of state)

11

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ

$11,720 (in state)

$23,544 (out of state)

11

University of Southern California (Rossier)

Los Angeles, CA

$1,995 per credit

13

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$16,884 (in state)

$31,139 (out of state)

14

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

$18,729 (in state)

$26,856 (out of state)

15

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

16

University of Texas - Austin

Austin, TX

$9,274 (in state)

$18,032 (out of state)

17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$45,260

17

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

$448 per credit (in state)

$1,029 per credit (out of state)

19

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$11,442 (in state)

$26,544 (out of state)

19

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

$27,000


Getting into a T20 school is a great academic accomplishment, but is not always the best step for everyone depending on price and your career goals. 


However, T20 schools often are a worthwhile investment, as students who graduate from their programs go on to earn higher-paying jobs. Come take a look at Juno’s best value college rankings for 2021. We analyzed students’ investment into various colleges and their financial return from that college to create a list of schools with the best bang for the buck. 


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