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US News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings 2016: Several California schools included

Students walk past an entrance to the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012 in California. Two Chinese graduate students from the university were killed early April 11 in an overnight shooting which could have been a failed carjacking in an area southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to police. Los Angeles has a large Chinese and Chinese-American population, including many students, and certain areas of the city are known for frequent gun violence. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Students walk past an entrance to the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012 in California. Two Chinese graduate students from the university were killed early April 11 in an overnight shooting which could have been a failed carjacking in an area southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to police. Los Angeles has a large Chinese and Chinese-American population, including many students, and certain areas of the city are known for frequent gun violence. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. News and World Report released their 2016 Best Colleges rankings Wednesday and some California schools made the cut.

In National Universities Rankings, Cal Tech was the only Southern California university to get a spot in the top 10, maintaining its number 10 ranking from last year, tied with John Hopkins University.

USC and UCLA tied for number 23, continuing the school rivalry.

Stanford received the highest ranking for a California university, placing number 4—its ranking from last year—tied with Columbia University and University of Chicago.  

U.S. News and World Report defines schools in the National Universities category as those that “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.”

See more about the data that influences U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings here

More U.S. News National University rankings for California schools include:

Rankings for top public schools in California included:

Princeton maintained the top spot for national universities and Harvard and Yale placed second and third, respectively.