U.S. News and World Report released its annual best colleges rankings on Tuesday morning.
The 2017 edition includes data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities, of which 1,374 are ranked.
The publication named Princeton University its top national university, and the University of California-Berkeley its top public university. California-Berkeley is ranked No. 20 among national universities.
UT’s graduation rate rose from 69 percent in last year’s rankings to 70 percent. Fifty-four percent of incoming freshmen are now in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
“We are becoming a better university every day, which is reflected in the broad range of metrics that we use to measure our progress,” UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a release.
The College of Engineering is now ranked 32nd among all public universities, climbing four spots over last year. The college is 57th among all public and private schools.
UT’s Haslam College of Business is now ranked 30th among all public universities and 48th in the nation, climbing two spots among all public and private business colleges in the nation.
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Other area schools profiled in the best college rankings include Carson-Newman University and Maryville College.
Carson-Newman is ranked No. 59 among regional universities in the South, and No. 13 among best value schools among regional universities in the South. CNU tied for No. 34 among best colleges for veterans.
The news for Carson-Newman comes on the heels of its third year of record enrollment.
Maryville College received a numeral ranking in the report, but U.S. News & World Report did not publish it.
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