Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Rise of Florida Schools in National University Rankings


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September 9, 2019

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Rise of Florida Schools in National University Rankings

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis touted new standings by U.S. News and World Report ranking the University of Florida 7th and Florida State University 18th among public universities across the country, a significant rise for both schools.

“There’s no question Florida is a top-tier destination for tourism and economic growth,” said Governor DeSantis. “Now, these new rankings further solidify Florida as the number one public university system in the country – signaling to any potential employers and industry leaders that Florida will have the workforce and talent pool they need to thrive. Congratulations to both schools for their hard work and commitment to excellence in the Sunshine State.”

“It’s an incredible accomplishment for Florida State University,” said Florida State University President John Thrasher. “The credit goes to so many people — our faculty, our staff, and certainly, our great students. I couldn’t be prouder.”

“Our faculty and staff continue to do amazing work, and the latest U.S. News ranking is a wonderful affirmation of that,” said University of Florida President Kent Fuchs. “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.”

The Governor was joined by presidents of both universities in Gainesville and Tallahassee to celebrate this historic achievement. 

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