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USC comes out ahead of UCLA in national rankings

Monday, Sep 19, 2011

2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released

-By Kelsey Schreiberg

For the second year in a row, the University of Southern California (USC) beat the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings. USC remains tied for 23rd with Carnegie Mellon while UCLA ranked 25th, along with the University of Virginia and Wake Forest. Prior to 2010, UCLA had consistently beat USC in the rankings report.

USC has an undergraduate enrollment of 17,380 and almost 63% percent of classes have fewer than twenty students. USC’s student-faculty ratio is 9:1, compared with UCLA’s 16:1 ratio. UCLA has 26,162 undergraduate students enrolled and 52% of classes have fewer than twenty students.
 
Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia University topped the national list again this year. CalTech, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania tied for 5th place and UC Berkeley was ranked the top public school, coming in 21st overall.
 
The rankings highlight schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate degrees, masters programs, and doctoral degrees. These universities are located in urban, rural, and suburban environments across the country.
 
The U.S. News & World Report rankings began in 1983 and are based on factors including the average SAT scores of the incoming class of students and the financial endowments of the university.

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