By Amy Yensi

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–The U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings are out and some Maryland schools are among the best in the nation.

WJZ’s Amy Yensi spoke to students and faculty beaming with pride.

According to the 2016 survey , Maryland is quite the destination when it comes to higher learning.

“I think it’s definitely something to be proud of and kind of brag about keep it in our back pocket,” said one student.

This year, the Johns Hopkins University jumped into the Top 10 Best Schools in the Nation.

Spokesman Dennis O’Shea says the school has been improving student experience for more than a decade.

“If the result is that the rankings change that’s fine. If the result is that we’re sending even better students out into the world to make a difference that’s what it’s really all about,” he said.

Hopkins tied for 10th in the category of overall best universities. Princeton, Harvard and Yale universities are the top 3.

Other Maryland schools getting recognized include: the University of Maryland at College Park, at number 57.

The U.S. Naval Academy is the 9th best in liberal arts.

Towson and Loyola Universities also getting nods.

The publication judges nearly 1,400 higher-learning institutions on categories like, best value and most innovative.

But students say location is also part of their learning experience.

“I think just walking through all the neighborhoods was a really great experience being able to see all the people who live around here and the diversity that exists in Baltimore,” said Justin Yan.

Students here say another perk of studying here in Maryland is the cultural and academic diversity.

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