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U.S. News results released -- see how Florida's schools stack up



In the bountiful world of college rankings, this one's a biggie: U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Colleges cornucopia. And there are plenty of Florida schools sprinkled among the many lists.

Some highlights:

The University of South Florida jumped eight spots this year in the collection of best up-and-coming schools. Last year it was No. 16. But the University of Central Florida (now the second largest university in the country, by the way) beat the Bulls, coming in at No. 4.

USF was also ranked No. 100 in the collection of best public schools and No. 181 for the best schools overall.

The University of Florida came in at 19 and 58 on those lists, respectively, which the Gainesville Sun reminds us is another drop since last year (The University of Miami jumped UF for the first time last year. This year the private south Florida school did it again, coming in at No. 38 overall -- the only school from Florida in the top 50). Florida State University was 46 and 101, and UCF was 97 and 177.

Don't forget our liberal arts schools. Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, was ranked 144 nationally for schools with that liberal arts focus. New College, in Sarasota, was 94.

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