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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has moved up in a news magazine’s rankings of the nation’s colleges and universities.

UT-Knoxville tied with three other schools for 42nd place among national public universities. The Knoxville campus was 44th in last year’s listings by U.S. News and World Report.

National universities are those that offer wide-ranging undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

Two UT-Knoxville colleges also were ranked in the magazine’s best undergraduate programs – business 41st and engineering 60th.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Chancellor Loren Crabtree said. “We can and will do better soon.”

Tied with Knoxville at 42nd are Auburn, the University of Kansas and the University of Vermont.

UT-Chattanooga tied for 13th place among public universities in the South that grant undergraduate and master’s degrees. UT-Martin was 23rd in that category.

The magazine’s rankings are based on graduation rates, student to faculty ratio, retention rates and reputation.

In the top five of both public and private institutions, four Ivy League schools lead the listings – Harvard and Princeton tied for first, followed by Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Duke University was fifth.

Click here for the magazine’s complete rankings list.