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Harvard Ranked No. 1 College in the Nation-

For the first time in eight years, Princeton does not at least share the top spot

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    For the 12th year in a row, Harvard has been ranked the No. 1 school in the country by U.S. News and World Report. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA

    Harvard tops U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings list.

    It's the first time Harvard has claimed the distinction in 12 years. It bumped off Princeton, which slips to No. 2, ending eight straight years of at least sharing the top ranking.

    The list will hits newsstands Monday, but is being published on the magazine's Web site.

    Yale follows at No. 3, and MIT and Stanford tie for fourth. The University of California, Berkeley is the highest-ranked public university, at No. 21 overall.

    In a separate list for liberal arts colleges, Amherst moves up one spot to tie Williams, its rival just up the road in Massachusetts, for the top spot.

    1. Harvard University (2)

    2. Princeton University (1)

    3. Yale University (3)

    4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7)

    4. Stanford University (4)

    6. California Institute of Technology (5)

    6. University of Pennsylvania (5)

    8. Columbia University (9)

    8. Duke University (8)

    8. University of Chicago (9)