The annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out yesterday. The top national universities are Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

According to Director of Data Research Robert Morse:

On our surveys, U.S. News uses standardized and accepted definitions of the college data that have been carefully developed by experts in higher education to achieve data reporting comparability among schools.

Some 25 percent of the placement a college receives in the U.S. News ranking comes from “a peer assessment among top academics at colleges or an academic reputation survey among high school counselors.” This means, essentially, how people feel about the colleges.

The top schools last year were Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer