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Number six? Not
too shabby

MIT is tied with Stanford for the sixth place spot in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 national college rankings. Ranked ahead of the Institute stand Columbia tied for fourth with University of Chicago, Yale in third, and Princeton tied for first with Harvard.

MIT was fifth in the 2012 rankings, tied with Caltech, Stanford, UChicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. Most rankings fluctuate from year to year and are not necessarily a reflection of the college being worse or better than it was the year before. Harvard and Princeton were tied for No. 1 in 2012 as well, with Harvard holding at least part of No.1 title since 2011.

In addition, MIT beat out Harvard for the number one spot in the QS World Rankings, which ranks universities worldwide.

—Stan Gill