Last year, Duke shared the No. 8 spot. It was ranked 10th in 2011. This year, Duke is in a tie for seventh with the University of Pennsylvania and MIT.
In its latest rankings, U.S. News also placed Duke in a tie for seventh among national universities that have a strong commitment to teaching.
The magazine singled out Duke in four categories in "Programs to Look For," which it described as enriched offerings that provide undergraduates with the best possible experience. Duke was cited for service learning, senior capstone, undergraduate research/creative projects and writing in the disciplines.
In the latest survey, U.S. News ranked Duke at No. 12 in a category called "Great Schools at Great Prices," for which the magazine compares a school's academic quality with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
Duke also was among four schools tied for 17th in the category "economic diversity," which the magazine said gauges “institutions’ relative commitment to access for all.” Duke was among seven national universities tied for 12th in a survey of high school guidance counselors.
Additional information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available online.
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