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National university and college rankings

9/13/2011, 12:22 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Loyola Marymount University was deemed the fourth-best regional university in the western United States on the U.S. News & World Report's ranking of colleges and universities released today.

Chapman University in Orange placed eighth on the regional list, which was headed by Trinity University in Austin, Texas. Cal State Long Beach was listed 26th, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, was 33rd, tied with Cal State Fullerton and and CSU Chico.

Caltech in Pasadena was ranked fifth in the national university category, tied with Stanford, MIT, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard cliched the top spot, followed by Princeton, Yale and Columbia University.

USC placed 23rd, tied with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and UCLA was 25th.

In the national rankings of liberal arts colleges, Pomona College in Claremont was listed fourth-best in the nation, and Claremont McKenna College in Claremont placed ninth. In the number one spot in that category was Williams College in Williamstown, Ma.