University of Miami Drops Three Spots in U.S. News College Rankings, UF Up FIve Spots

The University of Miami Hurricanes left the University of Florida Gators stunned and defeated on the football field Sunday, but the school's academic competition got a bit closer today.

U.S. News & World Reports released its annual college rankings today. While UM fell three spots, UF rose five spots, leaving the schools very close to each other.

While UF was not able to once again reclaim its spot as the highest-ranked university in Florida, it is now ranked 49th, in a tie with Northeastern University and the University of California at Irvine. It was ranked 54th last year. UF is additionally ranked the 14th best public university in the nation.

Miami came in 47th. It's tied with Yeshiva University in New York. The school's drop from last year is explained at least in part by the fact that six separate schools are tied for the 41st spot just ahead of it. The school is down from 44th last year.

UM is now down nine spots from its all-time high of 38, which the Donna Shalala-led school achieved in 2011. UM has overtaken UF as the highest-ranked school in Florida.

FSU, meanwhile, retained its recent place in the top 100 and climbed six spots to 91.

U.S. News also confirmed what many of us long suspected: UCF and USF might as well be the same damn school in different locations. They tied for 170th place.

Meanwhile, Rollins College tied for first place on the list of regional universities in the South. Stetson placed fifth on that same list. That list ranks smaller colleges on a regional basis.

Rankings for FIU and FAU were not published.

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