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Written by: kmurphy
Monday, August 23, 2010 

U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings was released this month, and as usual, controversy has followed.  While I agree that too many families use this as a golden handbook, I do think that it provides some useful information, such as a quick reference to admission percentages.  Williams, Amherst and Swarthmore take the top three 'best liberal arts' spots, and Harvard, Princeton and Yale top the 'best national university' category. From the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington is 41st (university) and Whitman is 38th (liberal arts).

While U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings focuses on the name-droppers, Parade Magazine put out its own list of A-List Colleges that tend to fly under the radar.  The list is broken down into several categories, and is based on the recommendations of 43 high school guidance counselors from around the country. 

American University tops the list for Great Internship Opportunities.  Located in Washington, D.C., students have everything from government to business to journalism at their fingertips. American also tops the list for Great Pre-Law programs.

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