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CU Boulder maintains high marks among college rankings for 2017, 2018
The University of Chicago has held onto its No. 3 spot in U.S. News and World Report rankings of national universities, as Northwestern University moved up the list and the University of IL at Champaign-Urbana fell.
LSU's high school counselor ranking saw a jump from 140 past year to 106 in the 2018 rankings overall.
The state's flagship university is tied for 46th among all schools, a two-spot drop from previous year. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates accounting for 30 percent of the score.
The U.S. News rankings are based on reputational data obtained from questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,300 colleges and universities, as well as from objective data submitted to a national data archive.
The rankings remain influential among students and parents, who rely on them to guide their choice of school, as well as among colleges and universities, which use them to market their campuses and programs and attract students, faculty and philanthropic dollars.
The other top schools include Harvard University (No. 2); University of Chicago and Yale University (No. 3, tie); Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute and Stanford University (No. 5, tie).
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University also are ranked among the Best National Universities.
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In this ranking, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify schools in their region that demonstrate innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life and technology.
Creighton University in Omaha earned a No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Regional Universities category for the 15th straight year. That represents a two-spot climb for RU.
In addition to these No. 1 rankings, HPU is also recognized for its study overseas programs. In this year's rankings, there are 230 schools listed in the top tier.
The rankings can bring a lot of attention to schools, but even top-rated ones like U. of C. typically urge potential students to look beyond the number.
U.S. News also issues rankings of more specific measures.
The national recognition HPU has received for preparing students for the world as it is going to be is evident in the success of graduates.
In other publications, CU Boulder recently ranked No. 43 among USA institutions in 2017, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as Shanghai Ranking.
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