Duke slipped two spots to No. 10 in U.S. News and World Report's influential annual ranking of America's best colleges and universities, released Thursday.
For the past three years, the University had held steady at No. 8. Its new rank represents the lowest spot Duke has held in at least a decade--peaking at No. 4 in 2003. Harvard and Princeton tied for the top spot this year, with Yale coming in at 3rd.
Although popular among prospective students, the much-touted rankings have come under fire in recent years from critics who question their value.
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