List of research universities in the United States

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This is a list of research universities in the United States classified as Research Universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Research institutions are a subset of doctoral degree-granting institutions and conduct research. These institutions "conferred at least 20 research/scholarship doctorates in 2016-17 and reported at least $5 million in total research expenditures."[1]

Universities classified as "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity"[edit]

There are 131 institutions that are classified as "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as of the 2019 update.[2]

These universities have a very high level of both research activity and per capita in such research activity, using aggregate data to determine both measurements. In other words, these institutions provide a lot of resources for research and have a lot of people conducting research at their respective institution. These two classifications can be seen as the aggregate supply and aggregate demand of research, respectively.[3]

Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity
Institution Control City State
University of Alabama Public Tuscaloosa AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public Birmingham AL
University at Albany Public Albany NY
University of Arizona Public Tucson AZ
Arizona State University Public Tempe AZ
University of Arkansas Public Fayetteville AR
Auburn University Public Auburn AL
Binghamton University Public Vestal NY
Boston College Private (non-profit) Chestnut Hill MA
Boston University Private (non-profit) Boston MA
Brandeis University Private (non-profit) Waltham MA
Brown University Private (non-profit) Providence RI
University at Buffalo Public Buffalo NY
University of California, Berkeley Public Berkeley CA
University of California, Davis Public Davis CA
University of California, Irvine Public Irvine CA
University of California, Los Angeles Public Los Angeles CA
University of California, Riverside Public Riverside CA
University of California, San Diego Public San Diego CA
University of California, Santa Barbara Public Santa Barbara CA
University of California, Santa Cruz Public Santa Cruz CA
California Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Pasadena CA
Carnegie Mellon University Private (non-profit) Pittsburgh PA
Case Western Reserve University Private (non-profit) Cleveland OH
University of Central Florida Public Orlando FL
University of Chicago Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
University of Cincinnati Public Cincinnati OH
Clemson University Public Clemson SC
University of Colorado Boulder Public Boulder CO
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz-Medical Campus Public Denver CO
Colorado State University Public Fort Collins CO
Columbia University Private (non-profit) New York NY
University of Connecticut Public Storrs CT
Cornell University Private (non-profit) Ithaca NY
CUNY Graduate School and University Center Public New York NY
Dartmouth College Private (non-profit) Hanover NH
University of Delaware Public Newark DE
Drexel University Private (non-profit) Philadelphia PA
Duke University Private (non-profit) Durham NC
Emory University Private (non-profit) Atlanta GA
University of Florida Public Gainesville FL
Florida International University Public Miami FL
Florida State University Public Tallahassee FL
George Mason University Public Fairfax VA
George Washington University Private (non-profit) Washington DC
Georgetown University Private (non-profit) Washington DC
University of Georgia Public Athens GA
Georgia Institute of Technology Public Atlanta GA
Georgia State University Public Atlanta GA
Harvard University Private (non-profit) Cambridge MA
University of Hawaii at Manoa Public Honolulu HI
University of Houston Public Houston TX
University of Illinois at Chicago Public Chicago IL
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Public Champaign IL
Indiana University Bloomington Public Bloomington IN
University of Iowa Public Iowa City IA
Iowa State University Public Ames IA
Johns Hopkins University Private (non-profit) Baltimore MD
University of Kansas Public Lawrence KS
Kansas State University Public Manhattan KS
University of Kentucky Public Lexington KY
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Public Baton Rouge LA
University of Louisville Public Louisville KY
University of Maryland, College Park Public College Park MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst Public Amherst MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Cambridge MA
University of Miami Private (non-profit) Coral Gables FL
University of Michigan Public Ann Arbor MI
Michigan State University Public East Lansing MI
University of Minnesota Public Minneapolis MN
University of Mississippi Public Oxford MS
Mississippi State University Public Starkville MS
University of Missouri Public Columbia MO
Montana State University Public Bozeman MT
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Public Lincoln NE
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Public Las Vegas NV
University of Nevada, Reno Public Reno NV
University of New Hampshire Public Durham NH
New Jersey Institute of Technology Public Newark NJ
University of New Mexico Public Albuquerque NM
New York University Private (non-profit) New York NY
North Carolina State University Public Raleigh NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Chapel Hill NC
University of North Texas Public Denton TX
Northeastern University Private (non-profit) Boston MA
Northwestern University Private (non-profit) Evanston IL
University of Notre Dame Private (non-profit) Notre Dame IN
Ohio State University[4] Public Columbus OH
University of Oklahoma Public Norman OK
Oklahoma State University Public Stillwater OK
University of Oregon Public Eugene OR
Oregon State University Public Corvallis OR
University of Pennsylvania Private (non-profit) Philadelphia PA
Pennsylvania State University Public University Park PA
University of Pittsburgh Public Pittsburgh PA
Princeton University Private (non-profit) Princeton NJ
Purdue University Public West Lafayette IN
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Private (non-profit) Troy NY
Rice University Private (non-profit) Houston TX
University of Rochester Private (non-profit) Rochester NY
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Public New Brunswick NJ
University of South Carolina Public Columbia SC
University of South Florida Public Tampa FL
University of Southern California Private (non-profit) Los Angeles CA
University of Southern Mississippi Public Hattiesburg MS
Stanford University Private (non-profit) Stanford CA
Stony Brook University Public Stony Brook NY
Syracuse University Private (non-profit) Syracuse NY
Temple University Public Philadelphia PA
University of Tennessee Public Knoxville TN
University of Texas at Arlington Public Arlington TX
University of Texas at Austin Public Austin TX
University of Texas at Dallas Public Richardson TX
University of Texas at El Paso Public El Paso TX
Texas A&M University Public College Station TX
Texas Tech University Public Lubbock TX
Tufts University Private (non-profit) Medford MA
Tulane University Private (non-profit) New Orleans LA
University of Utah Public Salt Lake City UT
Vanderbilt University Private (non-profit) Nashville TN
University of Virginia Public Charlottesville VA
Virginia Commonwealth University Public Richmond VA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Public Blacksburg VA
University of Washington Public Seattle WA
Washington University in St. Louis Private (non-profit) Saint Louis MO
Washington State University Public Pullman WA
Wayne State University Public Detroit MI
University of Wisconsin–Madison Public Madison WI
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Public Milwaukee WI
West Virginia University Public Morgantown WV
Yale University Private (non-profit) New Haven CT

Universities classified as "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity"[edit]

There are 135 institutions that are classified as "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as of the 2019 update.[5]

These universities have a very high level of either research activity or per capita in such research activity, using aggregate data to determine both measurements, while having a very low level on the other qualification. In other words, these institutions either lack research facilities or do not have a lot of people conducting research at their respective institution. These two classifications can be seen as the aggregate supply and aggregate demand of research, respectively.[3]

Doctoral Universities – High research activity
Institution Control City State
Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering & Management Public Wright-Patterson AFB OH
American University Private (non-profit) Washington DC
Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus Public Phoenix AZ
Arizona State University SkySong campus Public Scottsdale AZ
Arkansas State University Public Jonesboro AR
Azusa Pacific University Private (non-profit) Azusa CA
Ball State University Public Muncie IN
Baylor University Private (non-profit) Waco TX
Boise State University Public Boise ID
Bowling Green State University Public Bowling Green OH
Brigham Young University Private (non-profit) Provo UT
Catholic University of America Private (non-profit) Washington DC
Central Michigan University Public Mount Pleasant MI
Chapman University Private (non-profit) Orange CA
Claremont Graduate University Private (non-profit) Claremont CA
Clark Atlanta University Private (non-profit) Atlanta GA
Clark University Private (non-profit) Worcester MA
Clarkson University Private (non-profit) Potsdam NY
Cleveland State University Public Cleveland OH
College of William and Mary Public Williamsburg VA
Colorado School of Mines Public Golden CO
CUNY City College Public New York NY
Delaware State University Public Dover DE
DePaul University Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
Duquesne University Private (non-profit) Pittsburgh PA
East Carolina University Public Greenville NC
East Tennessee State University Public Johnson City TN
Eastern Michigan University Public Ypsilanti MI
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Public Tallahassee FL
Florida Atlantic University Public Boca Raton FL
Florida Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Melbourne FL
Fordham University Private (non-profit) Bronx NY
Gallaudet University Private (non-profit) Washington DC
Georgia Southern University Public Statesboro GA
Hampton University Private (non-profit) Hampton VA
Howard University Private (non-profit) Washington DC
Idaho State University Public Pocatello ID
Illinois Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
Illinois State University Public Normal IL
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Public Indianapolis IN
Jackson State University Public Jackson MS
Thomas Jefferson University Private (non-profit) Philadelphia PA
Kennesaw State University Public Kennesaw GA
Kent State University at Kent Public Kent OH
Lehigh University Private (non-profit) Bethlehem PA
Louisiana Tech University Public Ruston LA
Loyola Marymount University Private (non-profit) Los Angeles CA
Loyola University Chicago Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
Marquette University Private (non-profit) Milwaukee WI
Marshall University Public Huntington WV
Mercer University Private (non-profit) Macon GA
Miami University Public Oxford OH
Michigan Technological University Public Houghton MI
Missouri University of Science and Technology Public Rolla MO
Montclair State University Public Montclair NJ
Morgan State University Public Baltimore MD
New Mexico State University Public Las Cruces NM
North Carolina A & T State University Public Greensboro NC
North Dakota State University Public Fargo ND
Northern Arizona University Public Flagstaff AZ
Northern Illinois University Public Dekalb IL
Nova Southeastern University Private (non-profit) Fort Lauderdale FL
Oakland University Public Rochester MI
Ohio University-Main Campus Public Athens OH
Old Dominion University Public Norfolk VA
Ponce Health Sciences University Private (for-profit) Ponce PR
Portland State University Public Portland OR
Rochester Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Rochester NY
Rockefeller University Private (non-profit) New York NY
Rowan University Public Glassboro NJ
Rutgers University–Camden Public Camden NJ
Rutgers University–Newark Public Newark NJ
Saint Louis University Private (non-profit) Saint Louis MO
San Diego State University Public San Diego CA
Seton Hall University Private (non-profit) South Orange NJ
South Dakota State University Public Brookings SD
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Public Carbondale IL
Southern Methodist University Private (non-profit) Dallas TX
Stevens Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Hoboken NJ
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Public Syracuse NY
Teachers College at Columbia University Private (non-profit) New York NY
Tennessee State University Public Nashville TN
Tennessee Technological University Public Cookeville TN
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Public Corpus Christi TX
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Public Kingsville TX
Texas Christian University Private (non-profit) Fort Worth TX
Texas Southern University Public Houston TX
Texas State University Public San Marcos TX
The New School Private (non-profit) New York NY
University of Montana Public Missoula MT
University of Texas at San Antonio Public San Antonio TX
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public Rio Grande Valley TX
University of Akron Main Campus Public Akron OH
University of Alabama in Huntsville Public Huntsville AL
University of Alaska Fairbanks Public Fairbanks AK
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public Little Rock AR
University of California, Merced Public Merced CA
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Public Colorado Springs CO
University of Dayton Private (non-profit) Dayton OH
University of Denver Private (non-profit) Denver CO
University of Idaho Public Moscow ID
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Public Lafayette LA
University of Maine Public Orono ME
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Public Princess Anne MD
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Public Baltimore MD
University of Massachusetts Boston Public Boston MA
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Public North Dartmouth MA
University of Massachusetts Lowell Public Lowell MA
University of Memphis Public Memphis TN
University of Missouri–Kansas City Public Kansas City MO
University of Missouri–St. Louis Public Saint Louis MO
University of Nebraska at Omaha Public Omaha NE
University of New England Private (non-profit) Biddeford ME
University of New Orleans Public New Orleans LA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Public Charlotte NC
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Public Greensboro NC
University of North Carolina Wilmington Public Wilmington NC
University of North Dakota Public Grand Forks ND
University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras Public San Juan PR
University of Rhode Island Public Kingston RI
University of San Diego Private (non-profit) San Diego CA
University of South Alabama Public Mobile AL
University of South Dakota Public Vermillion SD
University of Toledo Public Toledo OH
University of Tulsa Private (non-profit) Tulsa OK
University of Vermont Public Burlington VT
University of Wyoming Public Laramie WY
Utah State University Public Logan UT
Villanova University Private (non-profit) Villanova PA
Wake Forest University Private (non-profit) Winston-Salem NC
Western Michigan University Public Kalamazoo MI
Wichita State University Public Wichita KS
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Private (non-profit) Worcester MA
Wright State University Public Dayton OH
Yeshiva University Private (non-profit) New York NY

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]. Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity". The Carnegie Classification of Institutions. Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 2019. Retrieved 10 Sep 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Basic Classification Methodology". Carnegie Classifications. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Institutional Data". Office of Research: Office of Sponsored Programs. The Ohio State University. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  5. ^ "The Carnegie Classification of Institutions". 2019. Retrieved 2019-09-10.

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