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UF moves up, but other states still dominate college rankings



U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of colleges was released today, and universities are paying close attention even though they pretend not to.

Univesity of Florida remains the top-ranked Florida public universities, coming in at 15 tied for 14th among the nation's state-supported schools and 49th among all institutions. The only Florida institution to rank higher is private University of Miami at No. 47.

UF jumped two three spots since last year's report, now ranked ahead of University of Texas-Austin and University of Washington.

The list of top 10 public universities is still dominated by California, which has four schools on the list. UF received an influx of new cash to help it break the top 10, but that's a tall order since those schools -- including University of Virginia, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor -- don't seem poised to relinquish their dominance.

Other Florida universities among the top 200 nationally: Florida State University, No. 91; private Florida Institute of Technology, No. 167; University of Central Florida and University of South Florida, No. 170.

The Florida universities listed among the top 50 regional schools in the South are Stetson at No. 5 and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical at No. 11 and Palm Beach Atlantic at No. 44.

Florida schools among the ranked national liberal arts colleges: New College of Florida, No. 89 and Eckerd College, No. 141.

In a separate ranking of historically black colleges and universities, Florida A&M was listed at No. 9 among all schools and tied for second among public HBCUs. Private Bethune Cookman University was No. 34.

Click here to go to the website for the 2014 Best Colleges report, including searchable databases.

This post has been edited to correct UF's national ranking. The original wording did not account for the tie.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:27pm]


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