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U.S. News rankings: BYU makes leap to No. 71

Brigham Young University climbed significantly in the U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges rankings this year, tying with schools such as Virginia Tech, at No. 71 in the nation.

The move indicates a jump of more than 42 spots, besting a variety of public and private schools all over the country, while moving up from a 113th place in 2009.

The University of Utah held steady, moving up one spot from last year and tying with Alabama's Samford University at No. 126. Utah State University also received mention among the best 200 schools but was not numerically ranked.

"We are pleased with the rankings because it accurately reflects what is happening at BYU in terms of providing a quality education for our students," said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.

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