09/13/2010 02:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kaplan/ Newsweek College Rankings: The Most DESIRABLE Schools (PHOTOS)

Another day, another set of college rankings -- and this time, it's Newsweek and test prep giant Kaplan getting on the game. Today the partners released 12 sets of exclusive rankings "tailored to address the real concerns of parents and prospective students" using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Washington Monthly and College Prowler.

Below is an excerpt from their first list, the Top 25 Most Desirable Schools. Colleges on this list are given credit for their prestige, competitiveness, academics and facilities. Check out Newsweek for the full list and justifications.

What do you think? Do these rankings bring anything new to the table? Are you surprised by any of the schools on this list, or is it just more of the same? Join the discussion in the comments section.

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