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UF, at 80th, Is Florida’s Top School -- Forbes

August 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

At a time when lawmakers have been focused on improving the national standings of Florida universities, the state landed only one school on the annual Forbes list of the top colleges that was based upon results rather than reputation.

The University of Florida landed 80th on the Forbes list, 52 places ahead of the private University of Miami and 113 slots before the Florida State University.

New College of Florida placed ahead of FSU at 189.

Florida A&M took the lowest place among Floridas schools at 629.

Forbes ranked 650 schools.

The rankings, compiled for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, are based on the following: postgraduate success; student satisfaction; student debt; four-year graduation rate; and students winning scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright or who go on to earn Ph.D.s.

Schools at the top of the list (in order) are: Princeton University, Williams College in Massachusetts, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, Pomona College and Swarthmore College.

The Florida list

80: UF

132: University of Miami

189: New College

193: FSU

207: Rollins College

266: Eckerd College

336: Stetson University

427: University of North Florida

449: University of South Florida

453: Florida Institute of Technology

455: Florida Southern College

462: University of Central Florida

465: The University of Tampa

490: Florida Atlantic University

520: Florida International University

539: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

550: Lynn University

585: Barry University

603: The University of West Florida

604: Nova Southeastern University

629: Florida A&M University

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