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​Aeronautical engineering major Cadet 1st Class Connor Livingston examines a cyclogyro in the aeronautics lab, Sept. 12, 2016, at the US Air Force Academy. The cyclogro is being tested at, and was patented by, the Academy. Air Force photo by John Van Winkle.

​Aeronautics and astronautics programs at the US Air Force Academy, Colo., were ranked best in the nation Tuesday in the US News & World Report Best Colleges 2017. As a whole, the Academy was ranked as the third best national liberal arts college and seventh best undergraduate engineering program, according to a press release. US News and World Report generates the rankings using a formula that considers, among other factors, assessment from peer institutions, graduation rate, faculty resources, retention, and alumni giving. Other Academy programs that were ranked include electrical/electronic/communications (fourth), mechanical engineering (seventh), and business (48th).