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U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Richmond a top-tier national liberal arts college for the sixth year in a row in its 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, on newsstands Aug. 17.

The magazine also named Richmond to three special lists of national liberal arts colleges: “Great Schools, Great Prices,” as a best value; “2011 Up-and-Comers,” for colleges having the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, student life, campuses or facilities; and “High School Counselors’ Picks” from the national liberal arts category.

Overall, Richmond ranked No. 32 in the national liberal arts category, tied with Holy Cross, Kenyon and Sewanee.

“Richmond is garnering the recognition that it deserves,” said university President Edward L. Ayers. “Everyone here is particularly pleased that guidance counselors — who play a pivotal role in helping students find the right fit — see Richmond as a premier liberal arts college.”

“Still, one college guide book’s rankings are not sufficient for making a college choice,” Ayers said. “Students and their parents need to consider the information presented by all the various college guides and, above all, visit every campus in which they have a serious interest.”

Other recently released college guides that have selected or ranked Richmond include “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” (2011 edition), Princeton Review’s “The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition,” and Forbes.com’s America’s Best Colleges online list.

The Fiske guide noted that Richmond has one of “Ten Business Schools that Should Be on Your Radar” — the Robins School of Business.

Princeton Review placed Richmond on special lists noting “Best Classroom Experience,” “Best Campus Food” and “Best Athletic Facilities” available to the campus community.