US News ranks nation's top schools

Three local universities have been named among the best

CC also moved to 23rd Best Liberal Arts Colleges, up from 24th past year, and has the 10th best undergraduate teaching program among liberal arts schools.

"UCLA takes great pride in the excellent academic achievements of our faculty and students, and I am grateful that their high level of accomplishment is reflected in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking", UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.

UW-Madison is ranked once again among the best public colleges or universities in the country, but the school dropped out of the top ten.

One finding among Alabama schools is that Samford University in Birmingham ranks first among regional universities in the South in the "best colleges for veterans" category, while the University of Mobile ranks first for veterans among regional colleges in the South.

Regional colleges focus nearly entirely on a student's undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, as well as fields such as business, nursing and education. The north region includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

Radford University was also recognized as a best regional public university.

The UI is now ranked 78th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 300 US public, private, and for-profit institutions. Such universities often offer free or discounted tuition to students considered residents of the state.

LSU, whose highest ranking was 124th in 2011, finished behind nine schools in the Southeastern Conference.

To see the complete rankings, visit the U.S. News College Compass website. UMPI came in at #3, its highest showing on this list to date.

The rankings factor in measures like graduation and retention rates, and selectivity. Among public schools, the University of California-Los Angeles moved up one space to tie with the University of California-Berkeley, which has been the highest-ranking public university for 20 years.

Princeton University and Harvard University retained their No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. The Charlottesville school was also named the third-best public university in the USA behind the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

As per the WION report, based on employability rankings, five out of the ten universities are US-based.

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