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Northwestern keeps #12 ranking by U.S. News

Northwestern University held onto its 12th in the nation position in the U.S. News list of top national universities.

It's the fourth year the Evanston school has been listed at the number 12 spot.

In the list announced today Harvard and Princeton were tied for number one, followed by Yale and Columbia in the third and fourth spots.

Five schools were tied for the fifth position — Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, and the Universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania.

Duke and Dartmouth rounded out the list of schools finishing above NU.

NU didn't do so well in a ranking of "best value" schools — finishing 23rd in the list that calculates the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid and matches that with the school's quality rank.

Inside Higher Education reports that participation by college presidents in the widely reported but controversial U.S. News study declined this year.

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