The University of Florida in Gainesville is the top-ranked national university in the state, while Rollins College, Florida Southern College, and Stetson University place in the top five for regional universities in the South, according to U.S News. These rankings were current as of 2015.
The University of Florida has an undergraduate enrollment of over 33,000 and a roughly 47 percent acceptance rate. U.S. News ranked it as the 48th best national university in 2015. The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida also ranked well on this list. In 2015, it was ranked 51st. The University of Miami has an undergraduate student population of over 11,000 people and an acceptance rate of about 38 percent.
Regional universities are those that serve a student population largely from a particular geographic region. They are typically much smaller schools than national universities, but unlike liberal arts colleges, do confer graduate degrees.
In 2015, U.S. News ranked Florida’s Rollins College as the best regional university in the South in a tie. Rollins has an acceptance rate of 57.3 percent and is home to just over 1,900 undergraduate students. Florida Southern College is slightly larger, with over 2,100 undergraduates. It was ranked 4th amongst regional universities. Stetson University, with 2,800 undergraduates, was ranked 5th.