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Johns Hopkins, Naval Academy in U.S. News college rankings

Where do local colleges rank in the annual U.S. News rankings?

The Johns Hopkins University jumped into the top 10 best schools in the nation this year, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of colleges in America.

In the survey released Wednesday, Hopkins tied for 10th in the category of overall best universities. Princeton University remains No. 1 in the nation, with Harvard University second and Yale University third.

The U.S. Naval Academy tied for ninth among best national liberal arts colleges.

Hopkins ranked 12th in the U.S. News report last year. In a statement, President Ronald J. Daniels attributed Hopkins' success to its investment in and connection to the Baltimore community.

"I'm delighted by this recognition of our undergraduate program and appreciate the countless ways that the vibrancy of this city adds to our students' experiences," Daniels said.

The U.S. News rankings are often used by high school students applying to college to judge overall prestige or value.

The publication said this year's list includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and ranks 1,376 schools. It includes categories such as best universities, best regional colleges, best value, most innovative, high school counselor rankings and best colleges for veterans.

Hopkins ranked ninth among best colleges for veterans and 20th in the category of "best value."

David Phillips, vice provost for admissions and financial aid at Hopkins, said the university does not promote its rankings in recruitment efforts but does accentuate what they reflect: cultural and academic diversity, the opportunity to collaborate with faculty that are involved in cutting-edge research, small classes and state-of-the-art facilities.

"It's not great to be a student here because of the ranking; it's a great place to be a student because of the experiences we offer," Phillips said.

In addition to Hopkins, the top 100 national universities included University of Maryland, College Parkat No. 57, a move up from last year's 62nd ranking. UMCP ranked 19th among public universities.

Last year, the Naval Academy ranked 13th among national liberal arts colleges. Vice Adm. Walter "Ted" Carter Jr., academy superintendent, credited faculty for this year's advancement. He noted that the Annapolis institution is "the only service academy with a 50/50 split of civilians and military in the teaching ranks."

Other top liberal arts colleges in Maryland included St. John's Collegein Annapolis at 55th, St. Mary's College of Marylandat 93rd, Washington College in Chestertown at No. 100, Goucher Collegein Towson at No. 112 and McDaniel College in Westminster at No. 134. Under the subcategory of public liberal arts schools, St. Mary's College was sixth.

Other Maryland schools finished high in certain categories.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for instance, was No. 156 among national universities, but fourth in the category of the nation's most innovative schools — a category based on improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. Goucher was sixth for innovative liberal arts colleges.

In the category of best historically black colleges and universities, Morgan State University was 19th, Bowie State University was 24th and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore was 30th.

A spokesman for Morgan said the university believes the rankings used a flawed methodology in placing the school, a major research university, in the same category as small, private, historically black colleges and universities.

"HBCUs are not all the same, and ranking institutions based on historical definitions is not an effective way of recognizing the uniqueness and quality of their programs," said Clinton R. Coleman, Morgan spokesman.

Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore ranked third in the publication's "regional universities north" rankings. Other Maryland schools in that category include Mount St. Mary's University(22nd), Hood College in Frederick (29th), Towson University (53rd), Notre Dame of Maryland University (58th), Salisbury University(71st) and Stevenson University (79th).

Towson University also placed 12th among public regional universities, with Salisbury 18th.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Tim Prudente contributed to this article.

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