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UCLA and USC tie in national non-athletic ranking

It’s a tie! Crosstown rivals UCLA and USC are on the very same berth in the latest rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The two Los Angeles schools shared the spot for the 24th best universities, along with the University of Virginia,  according to the magazine’s rankings being released Wednesday.  Over the last two years, USC had scored slightly higher than UCLA, reversing a long-term pattern in which the Westwood campus previously had bested USC.

Harvard and Princeton were tied for first place for the second year in a row. Yale was third;  Columbia and the University of Chicago tied for fourth; MIT and Stanford, for sixth; Duke and University of Pennsylvania shared eighth; and Caltech was 10th along with Dartmouth.

UC Berkeley, the highest-ranking public university, was tied at 21 with Georgetown. Other UC campuses in the top 50 were: UC Davis and UC San Diego sharing 38 with Lehigh; UC Santa Barbara was 41, with University of Wisconsin at Madison and Rensselaer; UC Irvine was 44 along with University of Miami.

The recent scandal at Claremont McKenna College -- when a former admission official confessed to exaggerating statistics about admitted students -- seemed to have little effect on the school’s position among national liberal arts colleges.

Before the hyping, Claremont McKenna had ranked ninth in that category last year and held on to that spot even after an investigation and removal of the hyped data.  In the latest listings, U.S. News and World Report said Claremont McKenna was 10th, tied with Vassar, still a valued spot. Its neighbor in Claremont, Pomona College, was tied for fourth place with Middlebury. Williams was first, and others in the top tier of liberal arts schools included Amherst, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Carleton and Haverford. Harvey Mudd College, also part of the Claremont consortium, was ranked 12th.

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--Larry Gordon

 
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