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The Best Of The Best 2012: The Greatest Colleges

In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 photo, students walk through the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. When
In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 photo, students walk through the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. When US News & World Report debuted its list of “America's Best Colleges” nearly 30 years ago, the magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families. Arguably, they've had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves. A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna, a highly regarded California liberal arts college, resigned after acknowledging he falsified college entrance exam scores for years to rankings publications such as US News. The scale was small: submitting scores just 10 or 20 points higher on the 1600-point SAT math and reading exams. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

We went through the most substantive rankings of 2012, and combined them into one, epic slideshow that wraps up the year that was in college rankings.

In the slideshow below, you'll only see the top-ranked college in each category. Surprised by what you see? Do tell in the comments.

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