Source: NPR

Every year college administrators sit on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the annual unveiling of the ‘Best Colleges‘ list dispersed by none other than U.S. News & World Report. A prestigious college ranking that makes even the most respectable institutions anxious, the ‘Best Colleges’ list is one that causes quite a commotion nationwide, particularly here in the District. Turns out we didn’t have anything to worry about this year, though, for after crossing our fingers a little tighter, finishing construction on a couple of impressive academic buildings, and adding new well-known names to faculty rosters, the D.C.-area’s reputation remains intact as home to some of the ‘Best Colleges’ in the U.S.

A new school year means it’s time for the university rivalries to kick-off yet again, and boy are the 2014 college rankings good fuel for that. Four local schools ended up cracking the top 50 spots on the list of National Universities this year, with Johns Hopkins grasping the No. 12 spot and Georgetown University following close behind at No. 20. University of Virginia took No. 23 and College of William and Mary managed No. 32, rounding off the top four schools from the D.C.-area.

It’s worth noting that after George Washington University was unranked last year for misreporting data to U.S. News & World Report, they came back with a vengeance in 2014, ranked as No. 52. An impressive feat for the school that was struggling to figure out what went wrong when divulging their stats to U.S. News & World Report just nine months ago.

The accolades did not just stop with national university notoriety, as many local universities ranked highly in many other categories as well. University of Maryland Baltimore County was given the title of No. 1 up-and-coming school, with George Mason University taking No. 6. UVA was named the No. 2 top public school in the nation and College of William and Mary managed No. 6. Then UVA once again reigned supreme, awarded the No. 5 spot for best undergraduate business programs. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.

These rankings just go to show that you shouldn’t underestimate the academic quality of schools here in the D.C.-area.