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Two Mass. schools ranked among top 10 colleges in US

Fans watched a football game at Princeton University in 2013.Eduardo Munoz/REUTERS/file

US News & World Report released its annual college rankings Tuesday, and two schools from Massachusetts — Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — again placed in the top 10 universities.

Harvard took the No. 2 spot behind Princeton University in New Jersey. MIT claimed the No. 7 spot.

The Bay State also won high marks in the liberal arts colleges category, in which it claimed the top 3 spots: Williams College, Amherst College, and Wellesley College, respectively.

Wellesley College, which had been fourth among liberal arts colleges, moved up to third in the latest rankings.

Massachusetts’ plethora of universities was apparent throughout the rankings, with Tufts University (No. 27), Boston College (No. 31), Brandeis University (No. 34), Boston University, and Northeastern University (tied at No. 39) all claiming spots in the Top 50.


In all, Massachusetts claimed seven universities, or almost 15 percent, of the nation’s Top 50, more than any other state besides much larger California, which had 10.

The state’s public university system was also well represented in the rankings, with the University of Massachusetts Amherst coming in at No. 27 in the public rankings (No. 74 overall) and University of Massachusetts Lowell campus at No. 78 (No. 152 overall).

The university’s Dartmouth and Boston campuses were also on the list, making it the first time that all branches of the state’s system were placed in the “National Universities” rankings, according to a University of Massachusetts statement.

Other colleges in New England that won high rankings included Yale in Connecticut, which was No. 3 in universities, and Middlebury College in Vermont and Bowdoin College in Maine, which came in fourth and sixth among liberal arts colleges.

Dylan McGuinness can be reached at dylan.mcguinness@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DylMcGuinness.