The U.S. News and World Report has released its 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” list and several Maryland universities received high honors.

For the second year in a row, Johns Hopkins University was ranked number 13 in the nation for the best universities and the University of Maryland, College Park moved to number 55. Additionally, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was ranked number one for up-and-coming national universities for the third straight year.

Governor Martin O’Malley, recently offered his kudos on the achievement.

“The rankings by U.S. News and World Report once again that the investments we’re making in higher education are investments that work,” he said in a statement. “These past years have not been easy and we’ve had to make many difficult decisions. In the midst of the worst national recession our country has seen since the Great Depression, we chose to put the dreams of a college education within reach of more middle class families by freezing in-state tuition at our state colleges and universities four years in a row. Congratulations to all our colleges and universities in earning this well-deserved recognition.”