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AP) -- Princeton takes the top spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, breaking a three-year tie for No. 1 with Ivy League rival Harvard.

 

Yale again took the No. 3 spot in the controversial but closely watched rankings, followed by the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford -- all tied for fourth. The University of Pennsylvania drops from fourth to seventh, and Duke from fifth to eighth.

 

The guide to "America's Best Colleges," hitting newsstands Monday, again names Williams the top liberal arts college. The University of California, Berkeley, is the top-rated public university, tied for No. 21 overall.

 

The formula for the rankings includes variables such as graduation and retention rates, faculty and financial resources, and the percentage of alumni donating money to their alma mater. The biggest single variable is a reputation assessment by peer institutions.

 

Many colleges criticize the rankings, but they take them seriously. The University of Chicago, facing complaints from alumni about its ranking, says this year it re-examined figures it was submitting in categories such as financial resources and concluded it was underreporting. The school's ranking shot up from 15th to No. 9.

 

"If schools move up a couple points, down a couple points, that's not really meaningful to us," said executive editor Brian Kelly. "The difference between 1 and 10 is minuscule. Whether that's minuscule or not to a reader, that's up to them."

 

It was the seventh straight year Princeton has been at least tied for the top ranking.

 

The university issued a statement saying the institution was "pleased that our commitment to providing the highest quality undergraduate education continues to be recognized." But, it continued, "no methodical ranking can capture an institution's individual distinctiveness."

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According the the Princeton Review, my school, James Madison University, has the #1 food for any public institution.

 

I hear they've got a nice gym, too.

 

Did you really hear that? I'm impressed! Our UREC building is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention there are always beautiful women there in abundance.

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UF moves from 50 to 47. Kinda goodish I guess.

 

Considering how many colleges there are in this country, that's damn good. I'll be applying this winter.

Good luck, I hope you get in. It's seems like it's really a great place to learn and to be in general. Tonight was the first time I was on campus for a extended time since everyone else came up and it was quite fun.

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Florida State University

 

2500 University Center Phone: 850-644-6200

Tallahassee, FL, 32306-2400 Fax: 850-644-0197

Website: www.fsu.edu

 

 

 

Florida State University's

Best 361 College Rankings

 

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click the category name to see all the lists in the category.

 

Rank List Category

#11 Teaching Assistants Teach Too Many Upper-Level Courses Academics

#13 Jock Schools School Type

 

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Florida State University Appears on These Lists

 

Best Southeastern Colleges

This school is one of the 146 colleges named a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review. Our goal is simple: to identify some of the colleges and universities that we feel stand out within each region.

 

America's Best Value College

This school is one of the colleges designated as one of the best overall bargains?based on cost and financial aid?among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.

 

Colleges With a Conscience

This school is one of the colleges profiled in The Princeton Review's book, Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement. It was selected because of its record of having excellent service-learning programs and blending academics with community work.

 

Not too bad...seems about right. The TA's are abundant and plenty of sports to do here like at the other Florida school which seems to top all these rankings both good and bad. FSU's Community Service Transcript Recording definitely is unique. The value is good, as is UF and any other Florida State school. Confirms what I know, the FSU is pretty damn good...circus and all.

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The Princeton Review Elon got:

 

#3 School Runs like Butter

#12 Most Beautiful Campus

 

On the list for Best Southeastern College, America's Best Value, and Colleges with a Conscience

 

As for the US News America's best colleges

 

#3 Southern Masters level University

 

Also, got named in seven of the eight "Programs to look for". The most in the nation.

 

Internships, Study Abroad, First-Year Experience, Undergraduate Research, Learning Communities, Service Learning, and Senior Capstone

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