Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township moved up 10 places in the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges 2013 rankings, now placing 47th among all universities in the northern region. It also ranks 11th among public colleges in the northern region.

The rankings, released Wednesday, show that The College of New Jersey in Ewing remains the highest-ranked public college in its category, placing sixth overall in the northern region and first among public colleges. Villanova University in Pensylvania ranked first in the region.

TCNJ was also listed as an “up and comer” for 2013, ranking second in that category in the northern region.

Harvard University and Princeton University remain tied for first among national colleges, with Yale University placing third. Rutgers University is ranked nationally and not regionally. It placed 68th nationally and 25th among nationally ranked public colleges.

Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. issued a statement saying that the college has progressed steadily through the rankings. He cited two commendations the college received as part of its Middle States Commission on Higher Education as demonstrating the college’s ongoing commitment to improvement.

Rowan University in Glassboro also improved its ranking from 21st to 19th in the northern region. It is ranked third among public colleges in the region.

Rowan President Ali Houshmand issued a statement saying that while the rankings should be only one factor students and parents take into consideration when selecting a school, they are pleased to be consistently included among the top colleges in the north.

Harvard, Princeton and Yale were also ranked as best values because of generous financial aid offered to students.

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