GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida is ranked No. 8 in the country for best public university, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list released on Monday.
The university is up one spot from last year, when it tied with the University of California-Irvine and the University of California-San Diego for ninth. The 2019 list has UF tied with Georgia Institute of Technology for the eighth spot.
Florida State University is the next highest ranking Florida university at No. 26, moving up seven spots from last year. FSU is also ranked No. 70 among best national universities and No. 37 for most innovative school.
The University of South Florida ranked No. 58, up from the 68th spot last year. The University of Central Florida jumped three ranks from No. 90 to No. 87, while Florida International University climbed 22 spots from last year to No. 100.
The University of Central Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, University of West Florida, Florida Atlantic University and Florida A&M did not make the list for best public schools. However, UCF ranked No. 165 in best national universities, with Florida Tech also at No. 177. UWF, Florida A&M and FAU tied with 68 other schools for No. 230 best national university.
Assistant State Attorney Kylie Kennon attended UF for her undergraduate degree and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.
“I spent four of the greatest years of my life at the University of Florida,” Kennon said in an email to the Daily News. “I still remember to this day, where I was and what I was doing when I found out I had been accepted to UF and the excitement I felt. I am the 15th member of my family to attend and graduate from the University of Florida. ... While chomping in the swamp makes for the best Saturdays, academics as well as athletics are important and top-notch.”
In a press release, UF President Kent Fuchs thanked Florida Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott, the college’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees for the continued support.
Yet he saved his greatest appreciation for UF's employees.
“Our faculty and staff have moved mountains to make this happen, and to them I extend my most heartfelt thanks," Fuchs said.
The closely watched U.S. News rankings are based on 15 measurements aimed at evaluating the academic quality of the institutions. The measures include graduation rates, retention rates, class sizes, peer reputation and faculty resources.
The University of California-Los Angeles was named the best public university, while Princeton University claimed the top spot for all universities.
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.