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Citadel, CofC ranked in top schools list

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The U.S. News and World Report list of best colleges and universities has come out and a couple of Charleston schools have made the cut.

Princeton tops the list for best university in the nation followed by Harvard and Yale. Clemson ranked #62 while the University of South Carolina ranked #112.

Northern schools top the Liberal Arts College rankings. Massachusetts schools Williams College and Amherst top the list with Swarthmore in third.

In the regional universities rankings, The Citadel ranked fourth for best southern school behind Elon, Rollins and Sanford. The College of Charleston got 12th place.

When the rankings get broken down into Regional Public vs. Private institutions, The Citadel tops the list for best public school in the south with James Madison and Appalachian State making up the top three.

"I am very proud of our cadets, students, faculty and staff for all the hard work that led to this distinction. This was a team effort," said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel. "We don't chase rankings, but endeavor to achieve our vision: Excellence in the education and development of principled leaders."

Other military academies also top the public schools list for liberal arts. The Naval Academy gets first place with West Point in second and the Air Force Academy in third.

Nationally, the public schools on the west coast get top billing. The University of California garnered both first and second spots with their Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses.

The 2014 rankings were made by taking into consideration retention rates, percentage of students under the age of 20, student/faculty ratio and alumni giving rates. Nearly 1,800 schools are included.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are almost 4,500 degree-granting colleges and universities in the country.

To see the complete list of rankings, click here.

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