Today, U.S. News & World Report releases its latest college rankings online. St. Olaf and the University of Minnesota will be pleased with the results.

St. Olaf moved up seven positions in the liberal arts category to No. 47 and joins Carleton and Macalester in the top 50. The U moved up 10 spots in the national university rankings to No. 61 overall and No. 22 among public universities. In the process, the U leapfrogged Big Ten rivals Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue.

A look at how Minnesota schools fared by category:

National universities

61. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Third tier: University of St. Thomas

Liberal arts colleges

8. Carleton College

25. Macalester College

47. St. Olaf College

71. St. John's University

84. College of St. Benedict

88. Gustavus Adolphus College

Third tier: Concordia College (Moorhead); University of


Universities-Master's (Midwest)

9. Hamline University

14. College of St. Catherine

16. Bethel University

22. College of St. Scholastica

25. Augsburg College

45. University of Minnesota-Duluth

51. Winona State University

67. Bemidji State University

Third tier: Concordia University-St. Paul; Minnesota State,

Mankato; Minnesota State, Moorhead; St. Cloud State

Fourth tier: Metropolitan State; Southwest Minnesota State

Baccalaureate colleges (Midwest)

16. Northwestern College

Third tier: Crown College; University of Minnesota-


Fourth tier: Bethany Lutheran College; North Central Uni-