UF at #80 on Forbes list of nation’s top colleges; FSU #193; UNF ranks ahead of USF and UCF

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If you’re reading the latest edition of Forbes magazine and looking for where Florida’s schools rank on its list of the nation’s top colleges and universities, you may have to turn a few more pages before you find any of the Sunshine State’s institutions of higher education.

The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.

The University of Florida comes in at #80 on Forbes list of America’s best undergraduate institutions. New College, the small liberal arts school in Sarasota is on the list at #189. Florida State cracks the top 200 at #193.

From there, it’s a big drop-off before another Florida school can be found on the list.

The University of North Florida is the four hundred twenty-seventh best university in the country, ahead of the University of South Florida (#449) and the University of Central Florida (#462).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.