University of Chicago ranks No. 3 on list of best colleges in nation

CHICAGO -- Three schools in Illinois ranked among the top 50 best national universities.

According to U.S. News & World Report rankings, the University of Chicago is the third best college in the country.

The University of Chicago tied for third with Yale University on the 2017 Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Princeton University got the top spot, with Harvard University in second place.

Columbia University and Stanford University tied for fifth place.

Northwestern University comes in 12th among national schools.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is in a six-way tie for 44th place.