US News & World Report has released its annual list which ranks the best colleges and universities. All the usual suspects make the top 10, with Columbia University sharing its 8th place title with both Duke and the University of Chicago. NYMag weighs in, saying Columbia is the Duke of the North (burn?), just as about "ten southern schools refer to themselves as The Harvard of the South." The Bwog notes that "Chicago and Columbia were tied for the #9 spot last year, while Duke ranked 8th." Starting this Fall, Columbia gets a little more James Franco, which will clearly only up its ranking for next year. Also: NYU is #33 and Yeshiva University is #50 on the list of universities.