Princeton and Williams named America's best colleges in new US News & World Report ranking

Princeton University Campus Students

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Students walk around the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, November 16, 2013.

Princeton University and Williams College are once again the best schools in America, according to US News & World Report's 2016 rankings.

This list marks the third consecutive year that Princeton has been named the best university and the 13th consecutive year Williams has been named best liberal arts college.

In creating these two lists, US News includes input from both academic peers and high school guidance counselors, according to their website. The rankings also use data such as alumni giving, graduation and retention rates, and selectivity.Advertisement

Here are the national universities that US News rated in the top 10 for 2016:

1. Princeton University

2. Harvard University
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3. Yale University

4. Columbia University4. Stanford UniversityAdvertisement

4. University of Chicago

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

8. Duke UniversityAdvertisement

8. University of Pennsylvania

10. California Institute of Technology

10. Johns Hopkins UniversityAdvertisement

Here are the liberal arts colleges that U.S. News rated in the top 10 for 2016:

1. Williams College

2. Amherst CollegeAdvertisement

3. Swarthmore College

4. Bowdoin College4. Middlebury CollegeAdvertisement

4. Pomona College

4. Wellesley College

8. Carlton CollegeAdvertisement

9. Claremont McKenna College

9. Davidson College

9. United States Naval AcademyAdvertisement

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