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Thursday, October 06, 2022

UF takes first place on list of country's top ‘jock schools'

The Princeton Review named UF the nation's No. 1 Jock School as part of the company's annual college rankings and ratings.

The list is determined by an online student survey, said David Soto, director of college rankings and ratings.

UF was the only SEC school in the top 10, although Florida State University came in at No. 10, and Auburn University was ranked No. 11.

Ido Zaken, 19, building construction freshman, plays intramural basketball and flag football for his fraternity, Tau Epsilon Phi. He said he sees a lot of multicultural groups with teams, too.

Soto said he doesn't see the label as a bad thing for UF.

"I think using these lists in conjunction with each other is the best way to shop for the right college," he said.

Schools that scored at the bottom of the list were then ranked at the top of the "Dodgeball Target" list, Soto said.

Those included New College at No. 1, New York University at No. 9 and Rollins College at No. 15.

For the 2011 lists, about 122,000 students from the 376 surveyed schools responded.

Soto said of the 80 questions on the survey, three were used to determine a school's "jock" status.

Students were asked to separately rate the popularity of intercollegiate sports, intramural sports, and fraternities and sororities on a one-to-five scale of very low to very high popularity.

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