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College rankings: Same US schools rise to the top again

College rankings: US News and World Reports has released its annual report on the best institutions of higher education in the US. These college rankings feature a handful of Ivy League schools.

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A gate on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass., is seen in this 2010 file photo. Harvard is tied with Princeton as the top US school in college rankings done by US News and World Report.

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As students head back to class this month, US News and World Report has issued its annual college rankings.

There's a tie at the top as Harvard and Princeton have been named 'best national university.'

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A pair of Ivy League schools, Yale and Columbia, are third and fourth, respectively, in the 2011 rankings.

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Four universities are tied for fifth on the list: California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Chicago, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Duke University rounds out the top 10.

The periodical also rates the best liberal arts colleges and universities in the US. Williams College of Massachusetts has been selected as the top US school in that category.

Another Massachusetts school, Amherst College, placed second, followed by Swarthmore College of Pennsylvania in third.