Princeton University once again nabbed the top spot in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings
, followed by Harvard in second and Yale University in third place.
The schools fall under the National Universities category of the rankings, which highlights schools that focus on research and offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, U.S. News said.
"The University of Pennsylvania was the only school from last year's top 10 to shift, dropping from a tie at No. 8 to No. 9," the website stated. "However, a new school joined the top 10 for 2016, with Maryland's Johns Hopkins University jumping two spots to tie with California Institute of Technology at No. 10."
Topping the list of National Liberal Arts Colleges
, which award at least half of their degrees in subjects like economics and English, was Williams College in Massachusetts. The top three on that list remained the same as last year, U.S. News said, with spot two going to Amherst College and three to Swarthmore College.
A new category this year was "Most Innovative Schools," and Arizona State University — Tempe grabbed the number one place on the national universities list, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The new ranking also was in place for regional universities and liberal arts colleges.
These schools are "making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities," U.S. News said.
The ranking includes tuition amounts, enrollment figures broken down by gender distribution, and acceptance rates, as well as other information that will help college-bound seniors or other students make informed decisions about schools. But some information is locked and only available with a $29.95 annual fee for U.S. News College Compass.
Universities and their graduates went online to tweet their rankings:
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