usnews.jpgIt’s that time of year again.

Yes, we know college rankings are useless. We know we shouldn’t care. Really, we don’t. But, honestly — you want to know how Yale did, don’t you?

The U.S. News & World Report released its 2010 college rankings earlier today, and, like last year, Yale is ranked third. Princeton — which ceded first place to Harvard last year — now shares top billing with the Cantabs. Caltech, MIT, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania tied for fourth place, Columbia and the University of Chicago share the eighth position, and Duke rounds out the top 10.

Read more from The Associated Press. Or, for a more intellectually stimulating exercise, read about why Yale refuses to return the peer review survey that U.S. News uses as one factor in determining its rankings.