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Princeton at top of U.S. News college rankings

The annual college ranking by U.S. News & World Report again has listed Princeton University as the top school for undergraduate students.

Princeton ranked No. 1 in "U.S. News 2007 America's Best Colleges" in the category Best National Universities, a position achieved every year since 2000. Princeton also was No. 1 for students graduating with the least debt and ranked No. 3 for best value.

"We are pleased that our commitment to providing the highest quality undergraduate education continues to be recognized, and in particular that our innovations in financial aid continue to be highlighted," Princeton officials said.

In recent years, Princeton has served as the model for financial aid reforms, launching sweeping initiatives to make a Princeton education even more affordable, including replacing loans with grants that do not have to be repaid so that undergraduates can graduate debt free. More than half of the undergraduate student body is on financial aid, and almost 55 percent of the incoming class will receive aid.

U.S. News placed Princeton in the top 25 for national universities with the greatest economic diversity. Additionally, the University was recognized in the unranked category "First-year Experiences" among universities offering programs that routinely give freshmen an opportunity to connect with faculty.

"It's important to note that no methodical ranking can capture an institution's individual distinctiveness," Princeton officials said. "We encourage students to explore the many outstanding educational opportunities available to them to identify their best match, and one of the best ways to do this is by visiting campuses in person whenever possible."

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