U.S. News & World Report has released its annual rankings of best colleges for 2012. Both Harvard University and Princeton University are tied for the No. 1 spot among the best national universities in the country. Williams College, in Massachusetts, is rated as the leading liberal arts college in the nation. Below are some of the ranking analysis and league tables:

US News National University Rankings 2012
Wake Forest University was rated 25th among national universities and achieved strong results in a number of categories due to in part to a student/faculty ratio of 11 to one...

Liberal Arts College Rankings 2012
Claremont McKenna College is ranked 9th overall among the nation's 266 liberal arts colleges surveyed. Within the rankings, it is placed 6th in Admission Selectivity...

Best Regional Universities in the North
Villanova University is ranked No. 1 among the best regional universities in the North. Fairfield University is ranked 2nd in this category, followed by Loyola University Maryland in third place...

Best Regional Universities in the West
Trinity University is ranked No. 1 among the best regional universities in the West. Santa Clara University is ranked 2nd in the category, followed by Gonzaga University in third place...

Best Law Schools 2012
UC Davis School of Law is placed 23rd in the U.S. News rating of almost 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools...

Best Education Schools 2012
Loyola Marymount University's School of Education jumped to 86th on the list of more than the 250 schools of education surveyed...

Best Nursing Schools 2012
Johns Hopkins University is tied for No. 1 position with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington for nursing programs...

Best Engineering Schools 2012
Caltech is placed among the top five schools in the country in several engineering programs, including No. 1 in Aeronautical Engineering...

Best Medical Schools 2012
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is ranked No. 2 among research-oriented medical schools in the United States...

Best Graduate Business Schools 2012
Stanford University Graduate School of Business took the top spot out of 437 accredited business schools in the survey...

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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