LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —The California Institute of Technology is the top university in Southern California, according to the new 2014 rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The Pasadena school was ranked 10th in the nation, citing the school’s active involvement in research projects for NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Princeton led the list this year, followed by Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford.

Bitter college rivals USC and UCLA were tied as the 23rd best college in the nation.

“I know it seems impossible in the LA-metro area that they could be equal, but when you crunch all the numbers together, they come out equal in all the ranking indicators that we have,” Bob Morse, of U.S. News and World Report, told KNX 1070.

In 2013, the two schools were tied at 24th, along with Virgina.

The magazine made significant changes to its ranking methodology of the top 50 universities this year, putting emphasis on high school class standing, graduation rate performance and assessment scores.

UC Berkeley, which came in at 20, is the highest ranking public school in the country.

UC Santa Barbara placed 41st and UC Irvine was 49th.

In the liberal arts college rankings, Claremont McKenna College came in at number nine.


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