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Florida State University edged closer to its goal of becoming a top 25 national public university Tuesday, placing No. 33 in the just released U.S News & World Report rankings.
In the 2017 list, FSU ranked No. 38 and in 2016, placed No. 43.
FSU shared the No. 33 spot with Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, University of California-Santa Cruz and the University of Delaware.
The University of Florida also moved up five spots, moving from No. 14 to No. 9.
Other state university rankings include University of South Florida (68), University of Central Florida (90) and Florida International University (122).
FSU pointed to its graduation and student retention rates as key categories catapulting it forward.
FSU’s four-year graduation rate is among the top 25 nationally, the six-year graduation rate is 80 percent and the university’s freshman retention rate is nearly 93 percent, which ranks 18th nationally.