PRESS RELEASE: State University System makes gains in U.S. News and World Report rankings
Several Florida public universities climbed in this year’s U.S. News and World Report college rankings, released this week.
“Florida has much to celebrate with the release of this year’s U.S. News and World Report college rankings,” said Board of Governors Chairman Dean Colson. “Despite limited resources, the Board of Governors and our universities have committed to a more strategic approach to increasing quality, and clearly these efforts are paying off. We know those gains will benefit generations of students to come.”
“As our university system has grown stronger, so too have our individual universities,” said State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan. “It is amazing what can be accomplished when everyone pulls in the same direction around common goals. The advancements evidenced by U.S. News’s rankings are not only products of hard work by our university leaders, faculty and students, but also of systemwide cooperation and a fully supportive Board of Governors.”
Some institutional ranking highlights:
- Florida again has four institutions in the top 100 public national universities: The University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida and University of Central Florida.
- The University of Florida is closer to its goal of becoming a top-10 public national university, moving three spots up to No. 14. Among all public and private universities, UF moved from 54 last year to 49.
- Florida State University climbed from No. 42 last year to No. 40 among all public national universities, jumping six points in the last two years. Among all public and private universities, FSU moved from 97 to 91.
- The University of South Florida and University of Central Florida are tied at No. 94 among public national universities, No. 170 among all universities and No. 14 among up-and-coming universities.
- New College of Florida again was ranked No. 5 public liberal arts college nationwide, still the only Florida liberal arts college in the top 100.
- Florida A&M University is ranked in the top 10 for best historically black colleges, climbing from tenth last year to No. 9.
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Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.