U.S. News ranked Auburn University the highest among universities in Alabama this year.

U.S. News published its 38th annual Best College rankings Monday morning, which consisted of 1,500 academic institutions. U.S. News' directory of institutions contains data about majors, campus life, cost of attendance and more. 

The rankings are determined using 17 indicators such as graduation and retention rates, social mobility, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity and more.

Schools are assigned a score and then given a rank according to that score. Schools in the bottom quartile are not ranked.

Auburn was ranked #97 in National Universities. It was tied with seven other institutions: the University of South Florida, the University of San Diego, the University of Illinois (Chicago), the University of Colorado (Boulder), the University of California (Merced), the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Clark University.

Samford University ranked #127 among National Universities. Both the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama tied for #137. The University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) ranked #263.

Auburn currently educates 24,931 undergraduates. Its tuition and fees total $11,826 per year for in-state students and $31,986 for out-of-state students.

According to U.S. News, the city of Auburn has been ranked one of the best places to live. The university facilitates over 500 student organizations, and approximately 6,000 of its students are involved in Greek Life.

Auburn University also ranked #42 in Top Public Schools, #61 in Best Colleges for Veterans, #67 in Nursing, #56 in First-Year Experiences and #61 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

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