09/13/2011 08:49 pm ET Updated Nov 13, 2011

Top Public Universities: U.C. Berkeley, California Schools Lead The Pack (PHOTOS)

Sure, college rankings might be a bunch of baloney, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't feel a twinge of excitement every fall when U.S. News And World Report releases its annual list.

And we were more than a little excited to check out this year's top public schools rankings and discover that California pretty much swept the category. Bringing home the Bay Area pride, University of California, Berkeley topped the list (Go Bears!). UCLA, U.C. Davis, U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. San Diego also rounded out the top ten.

Perhaps despite the recent brouhaha over pay raises and tuition increases, the U.C. school system is doing something right?

Check out the top ten public schools in the United States below, and read more about this year's U.S. News and World Report rankings here.

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