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Best Public Schools: U.S. News & World Report Releases 2014 Ranking

University of California, Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate on the Berkeley, Calif., campus, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 201
University of California, Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate on the Berkeley, Calif., campus, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announces a middle-class financial aid plan during a news conference for families whose gross income ranges from $80,000 to $140,000 annually. The new plan caps the contribution parents make towards the annual cost of a UC Berkeley's student's education at 15 per cent of their earnings. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Once again, California's public universities dominate the U.S. News and World public school rankings.

The 2014 list remains relatively unchanged from recent years, in spite of new changes made to the ranking methodology, such as reducing the weight of students' high school class standing and increasing the weight of the schools' graduation rates.

The University of California-Berkeley held onto the top spot for the 16th year in a row, while Penn State University made a notable leap into the top 10, rising up five spots from last year.

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