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Gators Chomped by 'Canes: UM Tops UF in College Rankings

Miami beats Florida in U.S. News & World Report rankings for first time



    Gators Chomped by 'Canes: UM Tops UF in College Rankings
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    University of Miami tops University of Florida in college rankings.

    See ya later, Gators. The U is the tops in the state.

    For the first time ever, the University of Miami has topped the University of Florida in the U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings released Tuesday.

    The U came in at number 47 in the 2011 rankings, up three spots from 2010, while UF dropped out of the 47th spot and into number 53.

    Other Sunshine State schools that made the list included Florida State at 104, Florida Institute of Technology at 159, University of Central Florida at 179 and USF at 183.

    The top of the ranking was a list of the usual ivy league suspects. Harvard earned the top spot, followed by Princeton and Yale.

    The rankings look at graduation and retention rates, reviews by other schools, student selectivity, alumni giving and faculty resources.

    UF's excuse for the drop: state budget cuts.

    Meanwhile UM President Donna Shalala said the whole school was excited with the news.

    "We're delighted to hear the report about our rankings going up again, it means we're securely in the top tier of American universities," Shalala said in a video posted on UM's website. "We attract our students from all over the world, they too will be delighted because of course students are very competitive.

    "For our own state of Florida, it's a wonderful accomplishment for our donors, for our alumni, for our students, for our trustees, it's a great day at the University of Miami."