UF climbs in U.S. News & World Report Top Public Schools rankings for the third time

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — For the third year in a row, the University of Florida climbed in the U.S. News & World Report Top Public Schools rankings, climbing to No. 7.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement on campus Monday morning.

UF has appeared in the top-10 rankings of national public universities for the third consecutive year. UF remained the most highly ranked university in Florida and the only university in the state in the top 10.

The 2020 U.S. News top-10 list:

1 – University of California, Los Angeles
2 – University of California, Berkeley
3 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4 – University of Virginia
5 – Georgia Institute of Technology
5 – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
7 – University of Florida
7 – University of California, Santa Barbara
9 – University of California, Irvine
10 – University of California, San Diego

Note: Georgia Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill tied at 5th. University of Florida and University of California, Santa Barbara tied at 7th.

Last year, UF tied with Georgia Tech for the 8th spot and two years ago tied for the 9th spot with the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, San Diego.

Other Florida schools also improved in their U.S. News rankings. Florida State University climbed to No. 18 from No. 26 last year, the University of South Florida improved to 44th from 58th and the University of Central Florida went from 87th to 79th.

The U.S. News Rankings were measured using six categories: outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

In a press release, UF President Kent Fuchs said in a statement, “Our faculty and staff continue to do amazing work, and the latest U.S. News ranking is a wonderful affirmation of that,” Fuchs said. “The rankings are also an indicator of our national stature among the nation’s very best research universities, the quality of the education our students are receiving and the steadily increasing value of a University of Florida degree.”