The 20 best universities in America, according to US News & World Report's newest ranking

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Princeton University is the top university in America, according to the newest version of US News & World Report's annual ranking.

The 2016 list marks the third consecutive year that Princeton has been ranked number one in the US.

Williams College was named the best liberal arts college in the country, for the 13th consecutive year.

In creating the best national universities list, US News includes input from both academic peers and high school guidance counselors, according to its website. The ranking also uses data such as alumni giving, graduation and retention rates, and selectivity.

Because of US News' grading system, many of the colleges end up in ties and have the same number ranking as other schools.

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#20 — University of California, Berkeley

#20 — University of California, Berkeley

#18 — University of Notre Dame

#18 — University of Notre Dame

#18 — Rice University

#18 — Rice University

#15 — Washington University in St. Louis

#15 — Washington University in St. Louis

#15 — Vanderbilt University

#15 — Vanderbilt University

#15 — Cornell University

#15 — Cornell University

#14 — Brown University

#14 — Brown University

#12 — Northwestern University

#12 — Northwestern University

#12 — Dartmouth College

#12 — Dartmouth College

#10 — Johns Hopkins University

#10 — Johns Hopkins University

#10 — California Institute of Technology

#10 — California Institute of Technology

#9 — University of Pennsylvania

#9 — University of Pennsylvania

#8 — Duke University

#8 — Duke University

#7 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#7 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#4 — University of Chicago

#4 — University of Chicago

#4 — Stanford University

#4 — Stanford University

#4 — Columbia University

#4 — Columbia University

#3 — Yale University

#3 — Yale University

#2 — Harvard University

#2 — Harvard University

#1 — Princeton University

#1 — Princeton University
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