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US News & World Report: California has 5 of nation's top 10 public universities

In this file photo, University of California, Berkeley students march through campus as part of an
In this file photo, University of California, Berkeley students march through campus as part of an "open university" strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. UC Berkeley is the top public university in the nation according to the latest college rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
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The Ivy League prevailed, but California maintained its representation among the top 10 universities in the country as the U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its latest school rankings.

There's not much new to report, since most of the same institutions make the list every year and move up or down only slightly. Two California schools typically make the top 10, and they did so again.

Those are the overall rankings. If you look specifically at public universities, California fared better, with five of the 10 top spots taken by UC schools.

As The Atlantic and other critics of the annual report like to point out, there are plenty of reasons to ignore these rankings. Among the criticisms: U.S. News frequently tinkers with the metrics they use, making it difficult to compare the results year over year. This year, they added data on campus crime and safety and students' loan default rates.

For those who like to factor such rankings into their decisions about where to go to college or who are just plain curious, we've included three of the U.S. News top 10 lists below. For the full results, check out the 2015 rankings here.

Top 10 National Universities

U.S. News rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Fall 2013 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate
1 Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) $41,820 8,014 7.4% 98% 97%
2 Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) $43,938 19,882 5.8% 97% 97%
3 Yale University (New Haven, CT) $45,800 12,109 6.9% 99% 98%
4(Tie) Columbia University (New York, NY) $51,008 23,606 6.9% 99% 96%
4(Tie) Stanford University (Stanford, CA) $44,757 18,136 5.7% 98% 96%
4(Tie) University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) $48,253 12,539 8.8% 99% 93%
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) $45,016 11,301 8.2% 98% 93%
8(Tie) Duke University (Durham, NC) $47,488 15,465 12.4% 97% 94%
8(Tie) University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) $47,668 21,358 12.2% 98% 96%
10 California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) $43,362 2,181 10.6% 97% 93%

Top 10 Public Schools

Rank School
1 University of California—Berkeley
2(Tie) University of California—Los Angeles
2(Tie) University of Virginia
4 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
5 University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
6 College of William and Mary
7 Georgia Institute of Technology
8 University of California—San Diego
9 University of California—Davis
10 University of California—Santa Barbara

Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S. News rank School Tuition and Fees Total enrollment Fall 2013 acceptance rate Average freshman retention rate 6-year graduation rate
1 Williams College (Williamstown, MA) $48,310 2,131 17.5% 97% 95%
2 Amherst College (Amherst, MA) $48,526 1,785 14.3% 98% 96%
3 Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) $46,060 1,534 14.3% 96% 93%
4 Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) $45,078 2,474 29.1% 96% 91%
5 (Tie) Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) $46,808 1,795 15% 96% 93%
5 (Tie) Pomona College (Claremont, CA) $45,832 1,612 13.9% 98% 96%
7 Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) $46,044 2,495 17.5% 96% 94%
8 (Tie) Carleton College (Northfield, MN) $47,736 2,045 21% 97% 92%
8 (Tie) Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA) $47,395 1,328 11.7% 96% 93%
8 (Tie) Haverford College (Haverford, PA) $47,214 1,187 23.5% 97% 93%