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Monday, April 12, 2021 gives UF second place in 'Americas Top Colleges' List

Thanks to a nearby Taco Bell, high percentage of female students and low number of male vocal groups, UF is moving up in the rankings.

Out of 50 institutions, UF has nudged into the No. 2 spot on's America's Top Colleges survey.

The Web site rates the top colleges in the country "for having the maximum amount of fun while putting forth the least amount of effort." Pennsylvania State University came in first.

Scores were based on 13 categories, including stadium capacity, average February temperature, percentage of female students, closest Taco Bell and number of male vocal groups.

Steve Orlando, UF spokesman, said there's a good chance the recent recognition would bring more attention to UF.

"Well gosh, you know, I think the Taco Bell factor is really important to a lot of people, so that's bound to draw a big crowd," Orlando said with a laugh.

The Web site states that a college's proximity to a Taco Bell restaurant could be the most important factor in the rankings. It also states that a high number of male vocal groups lowers the score. The rankings report UF has just one male vocal group.

UF's 69-degree temperature in Feburary and high number of "cute college girls" might have bumped it up to the second slot.

Orlando said UF made no extra efforts to acquire its recent acclaim.

"It just came naturally to us," he said. "These folks recognized what everybody knew all along."

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