The two Los Angeles campuses are in a three-way tie at 23rd with Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, according to the listing being released Wednesday by the magazine. Last year, UCLA was at 23rd with the
The UC system had six campuses among the top 50 national universities, public or private.
UC Berkeley was listed as the top public university in the nation, a spot it has often achieved, and UCLA was second, followed by the University of Virginia,
The top university rankings, including public and private, were similar to last year’s, with two California schools -- Stanford and
In a separate list, five schools in the Claremont Colleges Consortium are ranked among the top 40 liberal arts colleges that draw a national base: Pomona College, tied at fourth with Bowdoin, Middlebury and Wellesley; Claremont McKenna, tied for ninth with Davidson and the U.S. Naval Academy; Harvey Mudd, tied for 14th with four other schools; Scripps, sharing 29th with two others; and Pitzer, at 36th. The top national liberal arts colleges in the list are Williams in first place, followed by Amherst and Swarthmore. Occidental College of Los Angeles shared 43rd with Trinity of Connecticut.
The listing uses such criteria as students' SAT scores, admissions competitiveness, schools' financial resources, alumni giving rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio. It has been criticized over the years for giving too much credence to schools' wealth and selectivity in admissions, and critics allege that the data can be manipulated by colleges. Still parents, students and school governing boards track it carefully.
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