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Is USC really a better school than UCLA? Join the debate

August 27, 2010 |  8:01 am

TalkBackLAFor the first time since U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of colleges in 1983, USC topped UCLA in the magazine's latest listing. USC tied with Carnegie Mellon for 23rd among national universities this year; UCLA stands one rung lower, tied for 25th with the University of Virginia and Wake Forest.

The news provoked a bit of crowing at the home of the Trojans south of downtown, and muted congratulations, along with a measure of shock, from Bruins in Westwood.

USC beats UCLA in U.S. News & World Report rankingsThe difference between USC's and UCLA's overall scores is a single point and may be attributed to changes in the criteria for this year's survey.

But more significant than the two schools all but swapping places between last year and this one has been USC's continuing climb, according to Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report's college evaluations.

Twenty years ago, USC ranked below 50th while UCLA generally has held steady in the mid-20s during that time.

Read Larry Gordon's full story here. What do you think about the rankings? Share your opinion below.

Photo: UCLA and USC campuses. Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times