BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The nation’s top colleges and universities are ranked. So, how did Baltimore and Maryland measure up?

It’s one of the most anticipated lists for prospective college students and their families. U.S. News and World Report announces the names of the top-ranking universities in the country. The state has a good showing on the list.

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The honor is the talk of the campus at Loyola University Maryland. Some say it’s the scenery and others say it’s the professors.

“I love the campus, its so nice, like just sitting here on the quad,” said Evan Skalski, sophomore communications major at Loyola.

“Rather than you being a number, just being someone in the crowd in a big lecture hall, you’re really up-close and personal,” said Christopher Sobel, mechanical engineering student at Loyola.

Loyola University students have something else to brag about. It was named one of the top universities in the region. Ranking 3rd on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list.

Loyola’s spokesman Nick Alexopulos says high ranks attract the best students. “They know coming here that they are going to be prepared to leave positive change where ever they go.”

Maryland had a strong showing on the highly-anticipated, best colleges list, with 6 schools earning spots in competitive categories.

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Johns Hopkins University ranks tenth in the nation.

“We’re really focused on that student experience,” said David Phillips of Johns Hopkins University.

The top-ranking Baltimore universities encourage students to leave campus to make connections in the city, so they can use that as part of their learning experience.

“You want to be in a prestigious environment, where you’re inspired by people around you,” said Chandler Wang, freshman philosophy student at Hopkins.

“I wanted to experience more cultures. I decided to pick French, while at the same time studying bio-chem, so it’s like the perfect combination for me,” said Gabriela Nieves, Loyola sophomore and Puerto Rico native.

Nationally, Princeton was ranked number 1 and Harvard number 2.

Complete list here.

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