The latest college rankings from U.S. News & World Report give high marks to lots of area institutions of higher education. Among "national universities" - schools with many Ph.D. programs - Princeton was No. 2 behind Harvard, after they tied last year. The University of Pennsylvania was No. 5, about the same as last year, when it tied for fourth.
Swarthmore is again No. 3 among liberal-arts colleges, behind Williams and Amherst, while Haverford tied for No. 9, according to the report, released Tuesday. Villanova was again No. 1 in the Northeast among "regional universities," defined as having "a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs, but few doctoral programs."