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Duke sticks at #8 in U.S. News rankings

Duke held steady at #8 in the country in this year's annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities nationwide, published Friday.

"We're gratified that the quality of our faculty and students has been recognized once again," Provost Peter Lange said in a statement. "I'm especially pleased that Duke was recognized this year in the 'service-learning' category, reflecting the priority we have given to expanding such opportunities for students and to putting knowledge in the service of society more broadly."

Service learning was one of four categories for which Duke was cited, along with senior capstone, writing in the disciplines and undergraduate research and creative projects.

The biomedical engineering program at the Pratt School of Engineering also held its spot, remaining #2 in the country.

The University was rated tenth in the category of "Great Schools, Great Prices," which indexes average cost against quality of education.

Duke slid from fifth to eighth last year, a ranking that officials said predated the lacrosse case.

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