UCLA was named the top public university in the nation for the fourth year in a row, according to rankings released Monday by U.S. News and World Report, while UC Irvine and UC San Diego tied for eighth with the Georgia Institute of Technology.

For overall national universities, Caltech placed ninth in the magazine’s annual rankings, while UCLA placed 20th and USC was 24th. UC Irvine and UC San Diego finished in a tie for 35th on the national rankings.

In ranking UCLA tops among public universities, the magazine noted its location “just five miles away from the Pacific Ocean” and noting its 5,000 courses, 140 bachelor’s degree programs and 97 minors.

UC Berkeley placed second on the list, while UC Santa Barbara placed sixth.

“It’s always wonderful to see UCLA recognized nationally, but it’s especially heartening at this challenging time,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement. “UCLA stands resolute in our mission of teaching, research and service and in our commitment to advancing access, opportunity and diversity as a top public institution. Bruins everywhere can take pride in this recognition and our continued excellence.”

The ranking of best national universities was topped by Princeton University, followed by Harvard, Columbia, a fourth-place tie between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale, and Stanford placing sixth.

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