The Top 14 Up And Coming Colleges In 2015, According To U.S. News & World Report

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County topped this year's list of Up and Coming Schools from U.S. News.

U.S. News determines these schools by asking top academics -- including college presidents, provosts and admissions deans -- to nominate up to ten colleges. The idea behind this list is to highlight schools making "promising and innovative changes" across "academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities."

UMBC moved up in the full best university list from 158 last year to 149 this year, indicating their improvements. UMBC is a regular on the up and coming list: this is its sixth time in the number one spot.

Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida follow UMBC, boasting a huge amount of resources on campus as well as positive student financing initiatives and research opportunities.

14. University of Alabama - Birmingham
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10. Tulane University
(Tied for tenth)
10. George Mason University
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(Tied for tenth)
10. Drexel University
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(Tied for tenth)
10. Biola University
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(Tied for tenth)
8. Portland State University
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(Tied for eighth)
8. Clemson University
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(Tied for eighth)
7. Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis
6. Georgia State University
5. University of Southern California
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4. Northeastern University
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3. University of Central Florida
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2. Arizona State University - Tempe
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1. University Of Maryland - Baltimore County
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Note: Some of the schools tied, so there may be numbers repeating in the top 14.

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