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Duke, Davidson, Queens among leaders in U.S. News college rankings

Duke University and Davidson College once again were among the top 10 schools in featured categories of the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities.

Elon University and High Point University had No. 1 rankings in regional categories, and Queens University of Charlotte also made a strong showing.

The rankings, released this week, have a familiar look, with Princeton University sitting atop the list of National Universities and Williams College ranked first among National Colleges.

Duke was tied for seventh among National Universities, a classification that includes schools with a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and doctoral programs and extensive faculty research. Davidson ranked tied for ninth in National Liberal Arts Colleges, a category that focuses mostly on undergraduate education.

But there were some changes this year, according to U.S. News.

Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News, said the rankings have increased the importance they place on students graduating. Other categories, including incoming freshmen’s class rankings and standardized test scores, are worth less in the ratings this year.

In the National Universities category, Wake Forest University tied for 23rd place with the University of Virginia, University of Southern California, University of California-Los Angeles, and Carnegie Mellon University. The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill ranked 30th.

In the Regional Universities rankings, Elon was No. 1 in the South this year.

Other Carolinas schools in the top 20 were The Citadel (fourth), Appalachian State University (tied with Loyola-New Orleans for ninth), College of Charleston (12th), Queens University of Charlotte (tied with Christopher Newport College for 18th), and Converse College (tied with Lipscomb University for 20th).

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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