Both the University of Miami and the University of Florida made the grade in the current U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best 50 schools in the country.
In the list released Tuesday, Florida State University also jumped up six spots, making it to No. 91. It is the best position for FSU in more than a decade, according to Scott Travis in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
As the state’s best college, UM fell three spots to No. 47, while UF landed jumped from 54th to No. 49, its first appearance in the top 50 since 2009.
Colleges carefully monitor the U.S. News rankings, which earn them fame and a higher quality of applicants.
UF also rose in status for public universities, making it No. 14, as FSU made it to No. 40. In light of recent budget cuts over the past five years, these rankings are exciting news for Florida schools. University officials feared that deep cuts since 2007 have hurt the school’s ability to compete in financial resources and student-faculty ratio; both are key measures to decide which schools are the best in the nation.
“University faculty, staff, students and supporters helped pull UF through five difficult years of a down national economy and state budget cuts,” UF Provost Joseph Glover told reporters. “UF’s national ranking is in large part due to their efforts and reflects our continued quest to increase our standing among the nation’s top public universities.”
Other Florida schools made the cut in the U.S. News rankings. Tying at No. 160 were the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. In the bottom third of national universities were Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and Lynn University.