How do Florida Colleges rank in the Nation?


Deciding where to apply to University can be tough. To help students and parents, U.S. News and World Report ranks the best colleges. The publication has done so for 35 years and its rankings are considered the most influential standard among universities throughout the country.

Two Florida universities have made this year’s list of the nation’s Top 25 public institutions.

For the third consecutive year, the University of Florida has made the top ten in the publication’s rankings, moving up one spot this year, to No. 7. That makes UF the most highly-ranked university in Florida.

Continuing its climb in the rankings, Florida State University tied with Penn State, landing at No. 18 on the just released and well-regarded list. FSU has risen 25 spots among public universities since placing No. 43 in 2016.

FSU was ranked No. 38 in 2017; in 2018 they moved up to No. 33; and last year, FSU ranked No. 26. This year’s jump is the greatest single-year increase in university history.

Although they didn’t make the Top 25, the University of South Florida also showed improvement, rising to 44th from 58th. The University of Central Florida also rose in the esteemed rankings, jumping eight spots to No. 79.

U.S. News’ rankings compare bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from across the U.S. on 15 measures of academic quality such as ACT/SAT scores of admitted students, student-faculty ratios and graduation rates.

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