Davidson College was among six North Carolina schools named this week in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s listing of the nation’s top universities and colleges.

Davidson was ranked 12th among the national liberal arts colleges behind Williams College, Amherst College and Swarthmore. Furman University in South Carolina was listed as 49th in that category.

“We’re happy to be included along with all these other schools, which are very fine schools,” said Bill Giduz, director of media relations for Davidson College. “To be right up there amongst them is a very fine feeling.”

But, Giduz said, the college doesn’t put much stock in the rankings. What’s more important is that schools meet their students’ needs.

“Different places are right for different students,” he said.

Among the leaders in the national category were Duke (8), Wake Forest (27) and UNC-Chapel Hill (30).

UNC-Chapel Hill also ranked fifth among public universities behind Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Virginia and Michigan.

In the regional universities-south category, Elon University was listed No. 2 with Appalachian State 10th, UNC Wilmington 30th and Queens University of Charlotte, 30th.