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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 at least or only awarding twenty research-based Doctorate degrees.[1]


Universities classified as "R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity"Edit

There are 115 institutions that are classified as "R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[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 – Highest Research Activity
Institution Control City State
Arizona State University Public Tempe AZ
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 Private (Non-profit) New York NY
Cornell University Private (Non-profit) Ithaca NY
CUNY Graduate School and University Center Public New York NY
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 Public Baton Rouge LA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Private (Non-profit) Cambridge MA
Michigan State University Public East Lansing MI
New York University Private (Non-profit) New York NY
North Carolina State University Public Raleigh NC
Northeastern University Private (Non-profit) Boston MA
Northwestern University Private (Non-profit) Evanston IL
The Ohio State University Public Columbus OH
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
Rice University Private (Non-profit) Houston TX
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Public New Brunswick NJ
Stanford University Private (Non-profit) Stanford CA
Stony Brook University, SUNY Public Stony Brook 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
Tufts University Private (Non-profit) Medford MA
Tulane University Private (Non-profit) New Orleans LA
University at Albany, SUNY Public Albany NY
University at Buffalo, SUNY 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 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 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 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 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 Tech 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 – Higher Research Activity"Edit

There are 107 institutions that are classified as "R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher research activity" in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[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 – Higher Research Activity
Institution Control City State
American University Private (Non-profit) Washington DC
Auburn University Public Auburn AL
Augusta University Public Augusta GA
Ball State University Public Muncie IN
Baylor University Private (Non-profit) Waco TX
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Public Bowling Green OH
Brigham Young University-Provo Private (Non-profit) Provo UT
Catholic University of America Private (Non-profit) Washington DC
Central Michigan University Public Mount Pleasant MI
Claremont Graduate University Private (Non-profit) Claremont CA
Clark Atlanta University Private (Non-profit) Atlanta GA
Cleveland State University Public Cleveland OH
College of William and Mary Public Williamsburg VA
Colorado School of Mines Public Golden CO
Dartmouth College Private (Non-profit) Hanover NH
Drexel University Private (Non-profit) Philadelphia PA
Duquesne University Private (Non-profit) Pittsburgh PA
East Carolina University Public Greenville NC
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
Howard University Private (Non-profit) Washington DC
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
Kent State University at Kent Public Kent OH
Lehigh University Private (Non-profit) Bethlehem PA
Loyola University Chicago Private (Non-profit) Chicago IL
Marquette University Private (Non-profit) Milwaukee WI
Miami University-Oxford Public Oxford OH
Michigan Technological University Public Houghton MI
Mississippi State University Public Mississippi State MS
Missouri University of Science and Technology Public Rolla MO
Montana State University Public Bozeman MT
Naval Postgraduate School Public Monterey CA
New Jersey Institute of Technology Public Newark NJ
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Public Las Cruces NM
North Carolina A & T State University Public Greensboro NC
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Public Fargo ND
Northern Arizona University Public Flagstaff AZ
Northern Illinois University Public Dekalb IL
Nova Southeastern University Private (Non-profit) Fort Lauderdale FL
Ohio University-Main Campus Public Athens OH
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Public Stillwater OK
Old Dominion University Public Norfolk VA
Portland State University Public Portland OR
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Private (Non-profit) Troy NY
Rockefeller University Private (Non-profit) New York NY
Rutgers University-Newark Public Newark NJ
Saint Louis University Private (Non-profit) Saint Louis MO
San Diego State University Public San Diego CA
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 at Binghamton Public Vestal NY
Teachers College at Columbia University Private (Non-profit) New York NY
Texas A&M University-Commerce Public Commerce TX
Texas Christian University Private (Non-profit) Fort Worth TX
Texas State University Public San Marcos TX
The New School Private (Non-profit) New York NY
University of Alabama Public Tuscaloosa AL
University of Texas at El Paso Public El Paso TX
University of Texas at San Antonio Public San Antonio 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 California-Merced Public Merced CA
University of Colorado Denver Public Denver 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-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 Montana Public Missoula MT
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Public Las Vegas NV
University of Nevada-Reno Public Reno NV
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Public Durham NH
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 Dakota Public Grand Forks ND
University of Northern Colorado Public Greeley CO
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Public San Juan PR
University of Rhode Island Public Kingston RI
University of South Alabama Public Mobile AL
University of South Dakota Public Vermillion SD
University of Southern Mississippi Public Hattiesburg MS
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
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
Yeshiva University Private (Non-profit) New York NY

Universities classified as "R3: Doctoral Universities – Moderate Research Activity"Edit

There are 112 institutions classified as "R3: Doctoral Universities – Moderate research activity" in the Carnegie Classification, as of the February 1, 2016 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. In other words, these institutions claim to be research universities in spite of having little to no people associated at their respective college conducting research and having nearly no resources for research. 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]

Doctoral Universities – Moderate Research Activity
Institution Control City State
Adelphi University Private (Non-profit) Garden City NY
Air Force Institute of Technology Public Wright-Patterson AFB OH
Alliant International University-San Diego Private (Non-profit) San Diego CA
American International College Private (Non-profit) Springfield MA
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-Denver Private (For-profit) Denver CO
Argosy University-Inland Empire Private (For-profit) Ontario CA
Argosy University-Orange County Private (For-profit) Orange CA
Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division Private (For-profit) Phoenix AZ
Argosy University-Sarasota Private (For-profit) Sarasota FL
Argosy University-Tampa Private (For-profit) Tampa FL
Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix Public Phoenix AZ
Ashland University Private (Non-profit) Ashland OH
Aspen University Private (For-profit) Denver CO
Azusa Pacific University Private (Non-profit) Azusa CA
Barry University Private (Non-profit) Miami FL
Benedictine University Private (Non-profit) Lisle IL
Biola University Private (Non-profit) La Mirada CA
Boise State University Public Boise ID
California Institute of Integral Studies Private (Non-profit) San Francisco CA
California State University-Fresno Public Fresno CA
California State University-Fullerton Public Fullerton CA
Capella University Private (For-profit) Minneapolis MN
Cardinal Stritch University Private (Non-profit) Milwaukee WI
Clark University Private (Non-profit) Worcester MA
Clarkson University Private (Non-profit) Potsdam NY
Dallas Baptist University Private (Non-profit) Dallas TX
DePaul University Private (Non-profit) Chicago IL
East Tennessee State University Public Johnson City TN
Eastern Michigan University Public Ypsilanti MI
Edgewood College Private (Non-profit) Madison WI
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Private (Non-profit) Teaneck NJ
Fielding Graduate University Private (Non-profit) Santa Barbara CA
Gardner-Webb University Private (Non-profit) Boiling Springs NC
Georgia Southern University Public Statesboro GA
Grand Canyon University Private (For-profit) Phoenix AZ
Hofstra University Private (Non-profit) Hempstead NY
Idaho State University Public Pocatello ID
Immaculata University Private (Non-profit) Immaculata PA
Indiana State University Public Terre Haute IN
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Public Indiana PA
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro Private (Non-profit) San Juan PR
Kennesaw State University Public Kennesaw GA
Lamar University Public Beaumont TX
Lesley University Private (Non-profit) Cambridge MA
Liberty University Private (Non-profit) Lynchburg VA
Lindenwood University Private (Non-profit) Saint Charles MO
Lipscomb University Private (Non-profit) Nashville TN
Louisiana Tech University Public Ruston LA
Mayo Graduate School Private (Non-profit) Rochester MN
Maryville University of Saint Louis Private (Non-profit) Saint Louis MO
Mercer University Private (Non-profit) Macon GA
Middle Tennessee State University Public Murfreesboro TN
Montclair State University Public Montclair NJ
Morgan State University Public Baltimore MD
National Louis University Private (Non-profit) Chicago IL
Northcentral University Private (For-profit) Prescott Valley AZ
Oakland University Public Rochester Hills MI
Pace University Private (Non-profit) New York NY
Pepperdine University Private (Non-profit) Malibu CA
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Private (Non-profit) Ponce PR
Prairie View A&M University Public Prairie View TX
Regent University Private (Non-profit) Virginia Beach VA
Robert Morris University Private (Non-profit) Moon Township PA
Rochester Institute of Technology Private (Non-profit) Rochester NY
Rowan University Public Glassboro NJ
Saint John Fisher College Private (Non-profit) Rochester NY
Sam Houston State University Public Huntsville TX
San Francisco State University Public San Francisco CA
Seattle Pacific University Private (Non-profit) Seattle WA
Seton Hall University Private (Non-profit) South Orange NJ
Shenandoah University Private (Non-profit) Winchester VA
Spalding University Private (Non-profit) Louisville KY
St John's University-New York Private (Non-profit) Queens NY
Suffolk University Private (Non-profit) Boston MA
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Public Syracuse 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 Southern University Public Houston TX
Texas Woman's University Public Denton TX
University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley Public Edinburg TX
University of West Florida Public Pensacola FL
Trevecca Nazarene University Private (Non-profit) Nashville TN
Trident University International Private (For-profit) Cypress CA
Trinity International University-Illinois 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 Arkansas at Little Rock Public Little Rock AR
University of Hartford Private (Non-profit) West Hartford CT
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 Maryland Eastern Shore Public Princess Anne MD
University of Nebraska at Omaha Public Omaha NE
University of Phoenix-Arizona Private (For-profit) Tempe AZ
University of San Diego Private (Non-profit) San Diego CA
University of San Francisco Private (Non-profit) San Francisco CA
University of St Thomas-Saint Paul Private (Non-profit) Saint Paul MN
University of the Cumberlands Private (Non-profit) Williamsburg KY
University of the Pacific Private (Non-profit) Stockton CA
University of West Georgia Public Carrollton GA
Valdosta State University Public Valdosta GA
Villanova University Private (Non-profit) Villanova PA
Walden University Private (For-profit) Minneapolis MN
Widener University-Main Campus Private (Non-profit) Chester PA
Wilmington University Private (Non-profit) New Castle DE
Wright State University-Main Campus Public Dayton OH

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]. Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity". Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Basic Classification Methodology". Carnegie Classifications. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ [2]. Retrieved on 2016-02-1.
  5. ^ "Results for Basic = "Doctoral Universities"". Retrieved 26 February 2017.

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