1. Florida

U.S. News rankings name the University of Miami as Florida's top college this year

Published Sep. 15, 2016

Much has been written about the dubious merit of college rankings, but they persist, snagging headlines with each new debut. This year, the University of Miami takes home the trophy as Florida's top-ranked college, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 college roundup.

The University of Florida follows close behind at No. 50 in the nation to Miami's No. 44 (which was a six-way tie). Florida State University also cracked the top 100, coming in at No. 92.

Further down in the overall rankings, the news service listed the University of South Florida at No. 159 of 310 colleges.

Marshall Criser III, the chancellor of Florida's state university system, was pleased with how the state fared, he told the Miami Herald.

"Clearly, the support from the governor and legislature and the hard work by our universities is paying off," he said. "Today's rankings are an affirmation that Florida is headed in the right direction."

Top honors went to the usual elite private schools, with Princeton sitting at No. 1, followed by Harvard, Chicago, Yale, Columbia and Stanford.

A few other takeaways:

The Gators fared better in public school rankings, with a solid No. 14 placement. That list was topped by the University of California at Berkeley.

Two other Florida schools made the top 200 overall: the Florida Institute of Technology, at No. 171, and the University of Central Florida, at No. 176.

Florida A&M University was named No. 7 in historically black colleges and universities.

You can check out the full set of rankings here.