The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings released today places the U.S. Military Academy No. 1 on High School Counselor's Top Picks list for National Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the fourth consecutive year West Point has been ranked as a top pick by high school counselors. West Point ranks No. 2 in Top Public Colleges.In the Best Engineering Programs category, at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's, West Point ranks No. 4 overall, and also ranks No. 4 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category. West Point's mechanical engineering program ranks No. 7 at schools where no doctorate is offered."This recognition reflects the U.S. Military Academy's commitment to providing the highest quality education for the future leaders of the Army and the nation," said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, dean of the academic board. "To be recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country while simultaneously being recognized as providing some of the best engineering programs across the nation is something about which the entire West Point family can be proud."West Point also ranks No. 19 on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.For a complete list of rankings and ranking methodology, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.