Loyola Marymount University was voted third among the best regional universities in the west, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s best colleges list released on Wednesday.
The university moved up from fourth place in 2012. Regional universities offer a full-range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. Among national universities, UCLA and USC were tied for 24th place and the California Institute of Technology, tied with Dartmouth, ranked in 10th place.
“Once again, LMU has been recognized by those who study academic excellence and quality education,” said President David W. Burcham in a statement. “Our faculty, students and staff are among the best anywhere. We take pride in our strengths, and this ranking is simply one more piece of evidence reflecting that reality.”
Harvard and Princeton tied for first place as the best universities in the U.S. Other Southern California schools that made the list are: UC San Diego in 38th place, UC Santa Barbara in 41st and UC Irvine in 44th place. Among liberal arts college, Pomona was in fourth place.