WASHINGTON – In the 2009 list of the nation’s best colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking, Catholic colleges and universities fared at the top of regional lists for the North and Midwest. But only three Catholic colleges made it to the overall national rankings.

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana placed 18th, Georgetown University in Washington was 23rd and Boston College ranked 34th in the top 50 list of national colleges.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., took first place this year as the best national university, Princeton was placed second and Yale University in New Haven, Conn., third.

The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., was the only Catholic college among the top 50 national liberal arts schools. It was ranked in 35th place.