TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings showing the University of Florida ranking 8th in the nation among public universities, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement.

Governor Scott said, “When I took office, the University of Florida ranked 17th among public universities in the nation, and I challenged them in 2014 to become a top-10 university. For the second year in a row, UF has surpassed that goal. The hard work of our students, faculty and university leadership statewide has led to many of Florida’s universities making incredible gains in national rankings. I’m proud that this past legislative session we secured a historic $2.5 billion for the university system and that we’ve been able to hold the line on tuition for the last five years – a tremendous accomplishment that has kept higher education affordable in Florida. I look forward to seeing this momentum continue.”

U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Public Universities:

  • University of Florida – 8th, up from 9th last year;
  • Florida State University – 26th, up from 33rd last year;
  • University of South Florida – 58th, up from 68th last year;
  • University of Central Florida – 87th, up from 90th last year; and
  • Florida International University – 100th, up from 122nd last year.




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