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Thursday September 20, 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranks UF No. 54 (second in SEC)

Updated: 9:13pm, September 20

logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. – U.S. News & World Report came out with its annual comprehensive rankings of national universities Thursday and the University of Florida checked in at No. 54, the second-highest among Southeastern Conference schools behind Vanderbilt at 17th.

Among the criteria built into the rankings are graduation rates, strength of faculty and freshmen retention, but also location and feel of campus life, range of academic offerings, activities and sports, cost and availability of campus aid.

More than 1,600 schools are profiled, but the rankings are not listed after No. 199.

No surprise the Ivy League checked in at 1 through 4 (a tie at the top between Harvard and Princeton, with Yale and Columbia next at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively).

Stanford, in a tie with MIT at No. 6, is the first BCS school to show up in the rankings.

Here’s how the SEC fared:

17. Vanderbilt (tied with Rice and Notre Dame)

54. Florida (tied with Pepperdine)

63. Georgia (tied with Connecticut)

65. Texas A&M (tied with Purdue and Worcester Polytechnic)

77. Alabama (tied with American, Baylor, Colorado School of Mines, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and California-Santa Cruz)

89. Auburn (tied with Binghamton-SUNY and Miami-Oxford)

97. Missouri (tied with Florida State, Colorado and Massachusetts)

101. Tennessee (tied with Iowa State, California-Riverside, Nebraska and Oklahoma)

115. South Carolina (tied with Clarkson, Rutgers, Dayton and Oregon)

123. Kentucky (tied with Missouri University of Science & Technology, New School, Temple, Utah and Washington State)

139. LSU and Arkansas (tied with Arizona State, George Mason and Kansas State)

151. Mississippi (tied with St. John Fisher, Alabama-Birmingham and Texas-Dallas)

160. Mississippi State (tied with Florida Institute of Technology, Maryville, Louisville and Maryland-Baltimore County).

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