UF's national rankings drop in U.S. News
Florida's flagship public institution, the University of Florida, fell four spots among public colleges in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings, according to the 2008 rankings released Thursday.
UF, the only Florida college in the prestigious invitation-only Association of American Universities, was ranked 13 last year but is 17 this year. And among all national comprehensive universities public and private, UF fell from 47 to 49.
UF's rank for faculty resources (123) and for student-faculty ratio (21:1) are higher than most of the top 50, and both of those things are controlled by how much or how little state dollars UF gets from lawmakers each year. Another factor, UF folks say, is the rock-bottom tuition charged to undergrads - $2,200 a year for Florida residents.
Starting in 2008, UF will charge more than the base tuition rate and use the revenues to hire more professors and improve undergrad programs - all part of president Bernie Machen's bid to get into U.S. News' top 10.
The full rankings report will be on U.S. News' site Friday. But Thursday, officials sent out this list of the top 25 National public and private universities. The list follows.
Best National Universities
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Yale University (CT)
4. Stanford University (CA)
5. California Institute of Technology
University of Pennsylvania
7. Massachusetts Inst. Of Technology
8. Duke University (NC)
9. Columbia University (NY)
University of Chicago
11. Dartmouth College (NH)
12. Cornell University (NY)
Washington University in St. Louis
14. Brown University (RI)
Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Northwestern University (IL)
17. Emory University (GA)
Rice University (TX)
19. University of Notre Dame (IN)
Vanderbilt University (TN)
21. University of California – Berkeley
22. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
23. Georgetown University (DC)
University of Virginia
25. University of California – Los Angeles
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor