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America's Top 25 Colleges: Students Vs. Critics

RateMyProfessors recently released its annual lists ranking the nation's top universities and professors. The data is based entirely on students' input. See the list of the site's top 25 universities.

Posted on September 18, 2013, at 5:38 p.m. ET

MtvU's RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online destination for college professor ratings, today released its annual lists ranking the nation's top professors and universities, based entirely on students' input.

Whereas the 2011–2012 top universities list was dominated by smaller universities and private schools, this year's list is populated by many large institutions and state schools. The rankings for best schools were determined by analyzing both professor ratings and campus ratings. Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves – providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school.

We included each school's spot on Forbes' top colleges list and US News' national university rankings for comparison. Doesn't seem like students are on the same page as the guys who write the books.

25. University of California Los Angeles

Forbes: #34US News: #23
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Forbes: #34

US News: #23

24. Biola University

Forbes: #168US News: #177Note: A previous version of this post featured Biola as "not ranked" by US News. The error has been fixed.
Twitter: @biolau

Forbes: #168

US News: #177

Note: A previous version of this post featured Biola as "not ranked" by US News. The error has been fixed.

23. University of Mississippi

Forbes: #278US News: #150
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Forbes: #278

US News: #150

22. University of Southern California

Forbes: #63US News: #23
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Forbes: #63

US News: #23

21. University of California Santa Barbara

Forbes: #96US News: #41
Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Forbes: #96

US News: #41

20. University of Alabama

Forbes: #205US News: #86
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Forbes: #205

US News: #86

19. University of Miami

Forbes: #124US News: #47
Doug Benc / Getty Images

Forbes: #124

US News: #47

18. Michigan State University

Forbes: #154US News: #73
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Forbes: #154

US News: #73

17. Cornell University

Forbes: #19US News: #16
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Forbes: #19

US News: #16

16. Gustavus Adolphus College

Forbes: #220US News: not ranked
Twitter: @MauraBrem

Forbes: #220

US News: not ranked

15. University of Texas at Austin

Forbes: #66US News: #52
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Forbes: #66

US News: #52

14. Brigham Young University

Forbes: #75US News: #62
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Forbes: #75

US News: #62

13. Texas Christian University

Forbes: #245US News: #82
Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Forbes: #245

US News: #82

12. James Madison University

Forbes: #168US News: not ranked
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Forbes: #168

US News: not ranked

11. Auburn University

Forbes: #225US News: #91
Chris Graythen / Getty Images

Forbes: #225

US News: #91

10. University of Michigan

Forbes: #30US News: #28
Danny Moloshok / Getty Images

Forbes: #30

US News: #28

9. Texas A&M University

Forbes: #122US News: #69
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Forbes: #122

US News: #69

8. Rollins College

Forbes: #266US News: not ranked
instagram.com / Via @rollinscollege

Forbes: #266

US News: not ranked

7. Washington University in St. Louis

Forbes: #57US News: #14
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Forbes: #57

US News: #14

6. University of Georgia

Forbes: #90US News: #60
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Forbes: #90

US News: #60

5. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Forbes: #68US News: #41
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Forbes: #68

US News: #41

4. Stanford University

Forbes: #1US News: #5
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Forbes: #1

US News: #5

3. Pennsylvania State University

Forbes: #93US News: #37
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Forbes: #93

US News: #37

2. Vanderbilt University

Forbes: #37US News: #17
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Forbes: #37

US News: #17

1. Duke University

Forbes: #15US News: #7
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Forbes: #15

US News: #7

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