09/23/2014 10:07 pm ET Updated Sep 23, 2014

The Top 14 Up And Coming Colleges In 2015, According To U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County topped this year's list of Up and Coming Schools from U.S. News.

U.S. News determines these schools by asking top academics -- including college presidents, provosts and admissions deans -- to nominate up to ten colleges. The idea behind this list is to highlight schools making "promising and innovative changes" across "academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity and facilities."

UMBC moved up in the full best university list from 158 last year to 149 this year, indicating their improvements. UMBC is a regular on the up and coming list: this is its sixth time in the number one spot.

Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida follow UMBC, boasting a huge amount of resources on campus as well as positive student financing initiatives and research opportunities.

Top Up And Coming Colleges 2015 According To U.S. News & World Report

Note: Some of the schools tied, so there may be numbers repeating in the top 14.