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List of research universities in the United States

This is a list of research universities in the United States classified as Doctoral Universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Research institutions are a subset of doctoral degree-granting institutions and conduct research. These universities meet the minimum requirement of awarding at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees and also institutions with below 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees that awarded at least 30 professional practice doctoral degrees in at least 2 programs.[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 2018 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
Arizona State University Public Tempe AZ
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
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
Clemson University Public Clemson SC
Colorado State University Public Fort Collins CO
Columbia University in the City of New York Private (non-profit) New York NY
Cornell University Private (non-profit) Ithaca NY
CUNY Graduate School and University Center Public New York NY
Dartmouth College Private (non-profit) Hanover NH
Drexel University Private (non-profit) Philadelphia PA
Duke University Private (non-profit) Durham NC
Emory University Private (non-profit) Atlanta GA
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
Georgia Institute of Technology Public Atlanta GA
Georgia State University Public Atlanta GA
Harvard University Private (non-profit) Cambridge MA
Indiana University Bloomington Public Bloomington IN
Iowa State University Public Ames IA
Johns Hopkins University Private (non-profit) Baltimore MD
Kansas State University Public Manhattan KS
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Public Baton Rouge LA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Cambridge MA
Michigan State University Public East Lansing MI
Mississippi State University Public Starkville MS
Montana State University Public Bozeman MT
New Jersey Institute of Technology Public Newark NJ
New York University Private (non-profit) New York NY
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Public Raleigh NC
Northeastern University Private (non-profit) Boston MA
Northwestern University Private (non-profit) Evanston IL
Ohio State University Public Columbus OH
Oklahoma State University Public Stillwater OK
Oregon State University Public Corvallis OR
Pennsylvania State University Public University Park 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
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Public New Brunswick NJ
Southern Illinois University Public Carbondale IL
Stanford University Private (non-profit) Stanford CA
Stony Brook University Public Stony Brook NY
SUNY at Albany Public Albany NY
Syracuse University Private (non-profit) Syracuse NY
Temple University Public Philadelphia PA
Texas A&M University Public College Station TX
Texas Tech University Public Lubbock TX
The University of Alabama Public Tuscaloosa AL
The University of Tennessee Public Knoxville TN
The University of Texas at Austin Public Austin TX
The University of Texas at Arlington Public Arlington TX
The University of Texas at Dallas Public Richardson TX
The University of Texas at El Paso Public El Paso TX
Tufts University Private (non-profit) Medford MA
Tulane University of Louisiana Private (non-profit) New Orleans LA
University at Buffalo Public Buffalo NY
University of Alabama at Birmingham Public Birmingham AL
University of Arizona Public Tucson AZ
University of Arkansas Public Fayetteville AR
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 La Jolla CA
University of California, Santa Barbara Public Santa Barbara CA
University of California, Santa Cruz Public Santa Cruz CA
University of Central Florida Public Orlando FL
University of Chicago Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
University of Cincinnati Public Cincinnati OH
University of Colorado Boulder Public Boulder CO
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz-Medical Campus Public Denver CO
University of Connecticut Public Storrs CT
University of Delaware Public Newark DE
University of Florida Public Gainesville FL
University of Georgia Public Athens GA
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
University of Iowa Public Iowa City IA
University of Kansas Public Lawrence KS
University of Kentucky Public Lexington KY
University of Louisville Public Louisville KY
University of Maryland, College Park Public College Park MD
University of Massachusetts Amherst Public Amherst MA
University of Miami Private (non-profit) Coral Gables FL
University of Michigan Public Ann Arbor MI
University of Minnesota Public Minneapolis MN
University of Mississippi Public Oxford MS
University of Missouri Public Columbia MO
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
University of New Mexico Public Albuquerque NM
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Chapel Hill NC
University of North Texas Public Denton TX
University of Notre Dame Private (non-profit) Notre Dame IN
University of Oklahoma Public Norman OK
University of Oregon Public Eugene OR
University of Pennsylvania Private (non-profit) Philadelphia PA
University of Pittsburgh Public Pittsburgh PA
University of Rochester Private (non-profit) Rochester NY
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
University of Utah Public Salt Lake City UT
University of Virginia Public Charlottesville VA
University of Washington Public Seattle WA
University of Wisconsin–Madison Public Madison WI
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Public Milwaukee WI
Vanderbilt University Private (non-profit) Nashville TN
Virginia Commonwealth University Public Richmond VA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Public Blacksburg VA
Washington State University Public Pullman WA
Washington University in St. Louis Private (non-profit) Saint Louis MO
Wayne State University Public Detroit MI
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 131 institutions that are classified as "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as of the 2018 update.[4]

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
California State University, Long Beach Public Long Beach CA
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
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + 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
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 Hills 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 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
The University of Montana Public Missoula MT
The University of Texas at San Antonio Public San Antonio TX
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public Edinburg 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 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

Universities classified as "D/PU: Doctoral/Professional Universities"Edit

There are 161 institutions classified as "D/PU: Doctoral/Professional Universities" in the Carnegie Classification, as of the 2018 update.[5]

These universities, although primarily focusing on research, have very low levels of research activity and per capita in such research activity, using aggregate data to determine both measurements. These two classifications can be seen as the aggregate supply and aggregate demand of research, respectively. In addition, these institutions may have little to no data from the National Science Foundation to determine how much research these institutions do.[3]

D/PU: Doctoral/Professional Universities
Institution Control City State
Adelphi University Private (non-profit) Garden City NY
Alliant International University Private (for-profit) San Diego CA
Andrews University Private (non-profit) Berrien Springs MI
Argosy University – Atlanta Private (for-profit) Atlanta GA
Argosy University – Chicago Private (for-profit) Chicago IL
Argosy University – Northern Virginia Private (for-profit) Arlington VA
Argosy University – Phoenix Online Division Private (for-profit) Phoenix AZ
Argosy University – Sarasota Private (for-profit) Sarasota FL
Augusta University Public Augusta GA
Aurora University Private (non-profit) Aurora IL
Baker University Private (non-profit) Baldwin City KS
Barry University Private (non-profit) Miami FL
Bellarmine University Private (non-profit) Louisville KY
Belmont University Private (non-profit) Nashville TN
Benedictine University Private (non-profit) Lisle IL
Bethel University Private (non-profit) Saint Paul MN
Biola University Private (non-profit) La Mirada CA
Brandman University Private (non-profit) Irvine CA
California Institute of Integral Studies Private (non-profit) San Francisco CA
California State University, Fresno Public Fresno CA
Campbell University Private (non-profit) Buies Creek NC
Capella University Private (for-profit) Minneapolis MN
Cardinal Stritch University Private (non-profit) Milwaukee WI
Carson–Newman University Private (non-profit) Jefferson City TN
Chatham University Private (non-profit) Pittsburgh PA
Clarke University Private (non-profit) Dubuque IA
Columbia Southern University Private (for-profit) Orange Beach AL
Concordia University Chicago Private (non-profit) River Forest IL
Concordia University Wisconsin Private (non-profit) Mequon WI
Creighton University Private (non-profit) Omaha NE
Daemen College Private (non-profit) Amherst NY
Dallas Baptist University Private (non-profit) Dallas TX
Delta State University Public Cleveland MS
Drake University Private (non-profit) Des Moines IA
Edgewood College Private (non-profit) Madison WI
Elon University Private (non-profit) Elon NC
Fairleigh Dickinson University Private (non-profit) Teaneck NJ
Ferris State University Public Big Rapids MI
Fielding Graduate University Private (non-profit) Santa Barbara CA
Gannon University Private (non-profit) Erie PA
Gardner–Webb University Private (non-profit) Boiling Springs NC
George Fox University Private (non-profit) Newberg OR
Gonzaga University Private (non-profit) Spokane WA
Grand Canyon University Private (for-profit) Phoenix AZ
Grand Valley State University Public Allendale MI
Harding University Private (non-profit) Searcy AR
High Point University Private (non-profit) High Point NC
Hofstra University Private (non-profit) Hempstead NY
Husson University Private (non-profit) Bangor ME
Immaculata University Private (non-profit) Immaculata PA
Indiana State University Public Terre Haute IN
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Public Indiana PA
Inter American University of Puerto Rico–Metro Private (non-profit) San Juan PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico–San German Private (non-profit) San German PR
John F. Kennedy University Private (non-profit) Pleasant Hill CA
Kaplan University Davenport Campus Private (for-profit) Davenport IA
Keiser University Ft. Lauderdale Private (non-profit) Fort Lauderdale FL
Lamar University Public Beaumont TX
Lesley University Private (non-profit) Cambridge MA
Lewis & Clark College Private (non-profit) Portland OR
Liberty University Private (non-profit) Lynchburg VA
Lincoln Memorial University Private (non-profit) Harrogate TN
Lindenwood University Private (non-profit) Saint Charles MO
Lipscomb University Private (non-profit) Nashville TN
Long Island University Private (non-profit) Brookville NY
Loyola University New Orleans Private (non-profit) New Orleans LA
Mary Baldwin University Private (non-profit) Staunton VA
Maryville University of Saint Louis Private (non-profit) Saint Louis MO
Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Private (non-profit) Rochester MN
Metropolitan State University Public Saint Paul MN
Miami University Public Oxford OH
Middle Tennessee State University Public Murfreesboro TN
Misericordia University Private (non-profit) Dallas PA
Mississippi College Private (non-profit) Clinton MS
Missouri State University Public Springfield MO
National Louis University Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
New York Institute of Technology Private (non-profit) Old Westbury NY
Northcentral University Private (non-profit) San Diego CA
Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Private (non-profit) Boston MA
Northern Kentucky University Public Highland Heights KY
Ohio Northern University Private (non-profit) Ada OH
Oklahoma City University Private (non-profit) Oklahoma City OK
Olivet Nazarene University Private (non-profit) Bourbonnais IL
Our Lady of the Lake University Private (non-profit) San Antonio TX
Pace University-New York Private (non-profit) New York NY
Pacific University Private (non-profit) Forest Grove OR
Palm Beach Atlantic University Private (non-profit) West Palm Beach FL
Pepperdine University Private (non-profit) Malibu CA
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Private (non-profit) Ponce PR
Quinnipiac University Private (non-profit) Hamden CT
Regent University Private (non-profit) Virginia Beach VA
Regis University Private (non-profit) Denver CO
Robert Morris University Private (non-profit) Moon Township PA
Roosevelt University Private (non-profit) Chicago IL
Sacred Heart University Private (non-profit) Fairfield CT
Saint John Fisher College Private (non-profit) Rochester NY
Sam Houston State University Public Huntsville TX
Samford University Private (non-profit) Birmingham AL
Santa Clara University Private (non-profit) Santa Clara CA
Seattle Pacific University Private (non-profit) Seattle WA
Seattle University Private (non-profit) Seattle WA
Shenandoah University Private (non-profit) Winchester VA
Simmons College Private (non-profit) Boston MA
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Public Edwardsville IL
Spalding University Private (non-profit) Louisville KY
St. Catherine University Private (non-profit) Saint Paul MN
St. John's University Private (non-profit) Queens NY
Stephen F. Austin State University Public Nacogdoches TX
Texas A&M University–Commerce Public Commerce TX
Texas Wesleyan University Private (non-profit) Fort Worth TX
Texas Woman's University Public Denton TX
The College of Saint Scholastica Private (non-profit) Duluth MN
The Sage Colleges Private (non-profit) Troy NY
The University of Findlay Private (non-profit) Findlay OH
The University of Tennessee–Chattanooga Public Chattanooga TN
The University of Texas at Tyler Public Tyler TX
Touro College Private (non-profit) New York NY
Towson University Public Towson MD
Trevecca Nazarene University Private (non-profit) Nashville TN
Trident University International Private (for-profit) Cypress CA
Trinity International University Private (non-profit) Deerfield IL
Union Institute & University Private (non-profit) Cincinnati OH
Union University Private (non-profit) Jackson TN
Universidad del Turabo Private (non-profit) Gurabo PR
University of Bridgeport Private (non-profit) Bridgeport CT
University of Central Arkansas Public Conway AR
University of Charleston Private (non-profit) Charleston WV
University of Detroit Mercy Private (non-profit) Detroit MI
University of Hartford Private (non-profit) West Hartford CT
University of Hawaii at Hilo Public Hilo HI
University of Indianapolis Private (non-profit) Indianapolis IN
University of La Verne Private (non-profit) La Verne CA
University of Louisiana at Monroe Public Monroe LA
University of Management and Technology Private (for-profit) Arlington VA
University of Mary Private (non-profit) Bismark ND
University of Michigan–Flint Public Flint MI
University of North Florida Public Jacksonville FL
University of Northern Colorado Public Greeley CO
University of Phoenix–Arizona Private (for-profit) Tempe AZ
University of Saint Joseph Private (non-profit) West Hartford CT
University of San Francisco Private (non-profit) San Francisco CA
University of St. Francis Private (non-profit) Joliet IL
University of St. Thomas Private (non-profit) Saint Paul MN
University of the Cumberlands Private (non-profit) Williamsburg KY
University of the Incarnate Word Private (non-profit) San Antonio TX
University of the Pacific Private (non-profit) Stockton CA
University of the Rockies Private (for-profit) Denver Co
University of West Georgia Public Carrollton GA
Valdosta State University Public Valdosta GA
Valparaiso University Private (non-profit) Valparaiso IN
Walden University Private (for-profit) Minneapolis MN
Washburn University Public Topeka KS
Western Kentucky University Public Bowling Green KY
Western New England University Private (non-profit) Springfield MA
Widener University Private (non-profit) Chester PA
Wilkes University Private (non-profit) Wilkes-Barre PA
William Carey University Private (non-profit) Hattiesburg MS
William Woods University Private (non-profit) Fulton MO
Wilmington University Private (non-profit) New Castle DE
Wingate University Private (non-profit) Wingate NC

See alsoEdit


  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. 2018. Retrieved 17 Dec 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Basic Classification Methodology". Carnegie Classifications. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "The Carnegie Classification of Institutions". 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. ^ "Results for Basic = "Doctoral Universities"". The Carnegie Classification of Institutions. Retrieved 17 Dec 2018.

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