DeSantis touts top 5 ranking for University of Florida

US News and World Report releases annual list

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered remarks Monday morning at the University of Florida, touting the school’s achievement of being a top five public university.

US News and World Report ranked UF No. 5, tied with the the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and UC Santa Barbara.

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UF has been ranked in the top 10 since 2017.

“Joining the ranks of universities like Michigan and UCLA, which have been around the block for a long time ... I think it’s something that all Floridians, regardless of your allegiances, should feel proud about,” DeSantis said.

The top four public universities in 2021, ranked by the publication, were:

DeSantis was joined at the event by UF President Kent Fuchs and others.

This story will be updated.