10/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

USC Beats UCLA in U.S. New & World Report Rankings

In the lengthy crosstown rivalry between Los Angeles' biggest universities, USC has just scored a narrow but unprecedented victory over UCLA. And it has nothing to do with sports.

For the first time since U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of colleges in 1983, USC has topped UCLA in the magazine's latest listing. USC tied with Carnegie Mellon for 23rd among national universities this year; UCLA stands one rung lower, tied for 25th with the University of Virginia and Wake Forest.