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6 Florida Universities Make U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Colleges List

Florida college alums, let the bickering begin.

Adding fuel to the fire that is our favorite Florida school rivalries, U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best College rankings Wednesday, and six of Florida's national universities made the 2016 list.

The biggest change? The University of Florida is now officially the best in the state (it was tied with the University of Miami last year), and UM dropped out of the top 50 for the first time since 2009.

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Only the top 200 in the nation are ranked by U.S. News. Check out how your alma mater stacks up:

47. University of Florida

51. University of Miami 

96. Florida State University

156. University of South Florida 

161. Florida Institute of Technology 

169. University of Central Florida

UCF may be ranked last among the major state schools, but fear not, Knights: The university is one of the nation's most innovative—and the top in Florida. 

UCF took the No. 13 spot in U.S. News & World Report's list of Most Innovative Schools, beating out University of Florida (18) and Lynn University in Boca Raton (21). The schools were recognized for making innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

New College of Florida in Sarasota was also ranked as a top liberal arts school, coming in at No. 82.

(Image via Flickr/Christopher Sessums)


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