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MIAMI HERALD – For the first time in two years, the University of Florida is no longer the only Florida school among the top 50 in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s national ranking of public and private colleges, released Monday. The University of Miami rised from No. 57 last year to No. 49.

UF, however, kept the lead. The Gainesville-based university scored No. 30 this year nationally, up from last year’s No. 34. For the fourth year in a row, UF improved in the rankings among public universities, jumping from No. 14 in the 2017 list to No. 6 this year. It ranked seventh last year.

Mori Hosseini, UF’s Board of Trustees chairman, said in a press release that the university’s “momentum is unbreakable.”

“Now is the time to double down, make the final push and carry the ball across the goal line,” he said, referring to the school’s goal to join the top five institutions. UF follows the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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