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Tuesday September 10, 2013 UF moves closer to cracking Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report rankings of nation's top public universities

Updated: 2:47pm, September 10

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UF climbed three spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top public universities.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida President Bernie Machen and Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a joint press conference in February to announce UF’s quest to become one of the country’s Top 10 public universities.

They learned Tuesday that UF is headed in the right direction according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

UF jumped three spots to No. 14 on the list of the top public universities in the country. In the overall rankings of the top colleges and universities in the nation, UF climbed five spots to No. 49 – returning to the Top 50 for the first time since 2009.

“Having this university become a Top 10 public university will enable Floridians to have access to the highest-quality educational degrees and programs, while at the same time providing economic development to our state,’’ Machen said at the press conference to launch UF’s Top 10 quest.

Machen, who planned to retire earlier this year, postponed his departure in part to help UF reach its goal of joining the nation’s elite public universities.

Reaching Top 10 status and maintaining a Top 50 overall ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s Guide to Best Colleges is a primary goal of UF’s administration.

The U.S. News rankings are monitored closely in academia.

For more on UF’s climb in the latest rankings, click here to read more from UF’s official website.

In addition, here are the complete rankings in several categories from U.S. News & World Report.

To watch President Machen’s and Gov. Scott’s press conference and learn more about UF’s initiative, check out the YouTube video below:

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