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Harvard, Williams near top of US News & World Report rankings

The Baker Library at the Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University.
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The Baker Library at the Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University.

Several New England schools again were near the top of the charts in US News & World Report’s annual college rankings.

Harvard University was second in the national universities category, behind only Princeton University, which has been in first placefor seven years.

Harvard placed in other categories: tied for first place in high school counselor rankings, second in best value schools, and ninth in most innovative schools.

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The university was also honored for its achievements in its engineering programs, particularly in biomedical engineering.

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Also high up the list of national universities were Yale University (tied for third) and MIT (tied for fifth).

Williamstown’s Williams College was again the top-ranked liberal arts college, a title it has held for 15 years. The school also was first place in best value schools, and second place in best undergraduate teaching and high school counselor rankings.

Of the top five schools on the liberal arts colleges list, four are from New England: Amherst (second), Bowdoin and Wellesley (tied for third). Middlebury College was sixth.

Here are some of the rankings. Complete rankings can be found on US News and World Report’s website.

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In listings below, New England schools are in bold type.

National universities

1. Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

2. Harvard University, Cambridge

3. University of Chicago, Chicago (tie)

3. Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (tie)

5. Columbia University, New York (tie)

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (tie)

5. Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. (tie)

Liberal arts colleges

1. Williams College, Williamstown

2. Amherst College, Amherst

3. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (tie)

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3. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa. (tie)

3. Wellesley College, Wellesley (tie)

6. Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. (tie)

Best value schools: national universities

1. Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

2. Harvard University, Cambridge

3. Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

4. Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Best value schools: national liberal arts colleges

1. Williams College, Williamstown

2. Amherst College, Amherst

3. Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.

4. Wellesley College, Wellesley

5. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.