Jenn Smola, Campus Editor

Miami University has ranked third among national universities for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges, which hits newsstands today.

President David Hodge said he is happy with Miami’s ranking in undergraduate teaching,

“I’m obviously very very pleased to see us once again recognized nationally for that,” Hodge said. “It’s pretty good company to be with Dartmouth and Princeton, and the others that are in that top ten.”

Fifteen national universities earned a ranking for faculty commitment, with Miami ranked behind Dartmouth and Princeton universities. Since the inception of the list four years ago, Miami has ranked repeatedly within the top eight.

Hodge said faculty, staff and students are to thank for Miami’s high ranking.

“Really what it is is that we have this overwhelming mission to provide what we hope to be the country’s very best undergraduate education and undergraduate experience,” Hodge said. “It starts with our faculty and staff who are dedicated to that proposition and then we try to recruit energetic hard-working students. Put that together and good things happen.”

Miami also ranked 89th overall out of all 202 public and private national universities, and 37th among top public national universities.