The Air Force Academy is ranked No.1  in the nation by high school guidance counselors and second in the nation by  aeronautical and astronautical engineers.

Those were just two among many other top-tier rankings the Academy claimed in  U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings for 2012.

The high school counselor rankings category was added this year, and ranked the Air Force Academy number one among liberal arts colleges in this new category.

The Academy ranked second-best in the nation in aeronautical and astronautical engineering among undergraduate programs, for the 11th consecutive year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s main campus in Daytona Beach, Fla., retained the top spot, while its Prescott, Arizona campus came in third this year.

The Air Force Academy tied for the No. 5 ranking of best undergraduate engineering programs, with Cal-Poly and the U.S. Naval Academy.

One of the Air Force Academy’s other engineering programs, electrical engineering, also earned the fifth slot in this year’s rankings of undergraduate electrical engineering programs.

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The Academy also received several other rankings:

• The Academy is tied for 33rd in the national liberal arts colleges rankings, and under that category, came in at third for top public schools

• The Academy also ranked no. 55 among best undergraduate business programs.

This is the third time this semester that the Air Force Academy has been ranked among the top universities in the nation. Forbes ranked the Air Force Academy tenth in the nation on its 2011 America’s Best Colleges List, which was released Aug. 3.

Also, the Princeton Review released their The Best 376 Colleges book on Aug. 2, which ranks the Air Force Academy fifth in the nation in professor availability, and ranks the Academy’s administration as ninth in the nation.

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings which were released today, visit