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'US News & World Report' Ranks Best Colleges

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- US News & World Report’s new rankings of U.S. colleges contained no surprises in the top four this year.

So which school took the number one spot? It’s a tie.

In the top spot are Princeton and Harvard.  Last year, Harvard sat at the top of the rankings but in 2012 it had to share the coveted spot with the New Jersey school.

The price tag for tuition and fees at Harvard and Princeton came in at $39,849 and $37,000, respectively, according to the report.

Princeton holds the title of being the most inexpensive school on the top ten list, though it is a rather high-priced group. Some students are shelling out an even higher price tag to attend the nation’s top-ranked schools. The four-year price for a degree at many of the schools ranked by US News now exceeds $200,000, according to the rankings Website.

The universities in the third and fourth position have an even heftier price tag: Yale University and Columbia University.

While there was little movement in the rankings, Chicago joined the top 5 from its tied 9th place ranking last year. The University of Miami experienced one of the largest leaps for a school in the top 50 moving from a tie for 47th to a tie for the 38th spot. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute dropped from its tied spot at 41st to a tie for 50th place.

The complete ranking list can be found on the Best Colleges website.

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