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Cal Tech ranked #10 best US college, UCLA and USC tied for #24

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Students sit around the Bruin Bear statue during lunchtime on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.



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A barefoot graduate walks to his seat after recieving his degree during the Cal tech Commencement ceremony on June 15, 2012.

Several California colleges made it onto the Top 50 of U.S. News and World Report's list for 2012. The magazine took into account tuition, enrollment, acceptance rate, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, and classes with under 20 students, among other factors.

Harvard, Princeton, and Yale make up the top three respectively, predictably, in the annual ranking. Stanford was ranked #6, tied with MIT.

Yes, just like in soccer, there were ties. Who likes ties?

Tied for 10th place is Pasadena's California Institute of Technology. The magazine notes the school's "low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1."

But in Los Angeles, far more people are intrigued that rivals UCLA and USC were ranked together at #24. 

When she learned about being tied with the Bruins, Hanna Yoo, clearly a true Trojan tweeted, "our tuition went up but our ranking dropped. we're the same as UCLA now. #shame."

A UCLA alumn named Daniel was equally disappointed with the magazine's results. "UCLA and USC are tied for 24th best university in the US? That's some BS right there. USC isn't good enough to even carry our books," he tweeted.

"BAH!" Eduardo Gonzalez, a USC graduate wrote. "At least our football team is ranked higher," he chided, referring to the latest AP poll of college football coaches who ranked the Trojans #2 in the nation with the upstart Bruins who started the season unranked making it this week to #22.

"I think we'll have to settle this with Football, Olympic Medals, or Neil Armstrong," snarked Austin Flack a 2004 graduate of USC. 

University of California, Berkeley tied with Georgetown for #21 in the magazine's rankings. UC Davis and UC San Diego tied at #38. UC Santa Barbara came in at #41, topping UC Irvine who was ranked at #44.

Other California schools made the Top 100: Pepperdine just barely missed the Top 50 at #54, UC Santa Cruz was ranked #77, Univeristy of San Diego squeezed in at #92.

Clearly this order was perfect. Right?

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