UF Ranked 14th Among Public Universities

The University of Florida is closer to being one of the top universities in the country based on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Colleges rankings for 2015. Holding its position from last year, UF ranked 14th, outranking powerhouses University of Texas at Austin and Ohio State University.

In the list of all national universities, UF ranked 48th. Last year, the university ranked 49th and made it to the top 50 nationally for the first time. UF was also granted preeminence status by the Legislature because it met the 12 criteria set by the Legislature to be a top public university. With that preeminence status comes $20 million per year over five years that UF President Bernie Machen has pledged to hire top research faculty.

The U.S. News & World Report also ranked UF’s engineering, business administration, medicine and law graduate programs. The rankings are based on measures educators regard as reliable indicators of academic quality, and on editorial staff research of educational trends. Freshman enrollment, second-year retention, SAT scores and graduation rates also affect rankings. 


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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