1) A decent school in Florida, a state which inflates its high school GPAs for the benefit of college ranking.
2) A place where students who have never left the state of Florida for some reason think their degrees are of the same merit as degrees from universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Fordham, Virginia, etc., etc., etc...
3) The home of the Gator Nation.
"I've never left Florida, so as far as I'm concerned, UF is the best school in the U.S.A., or the world for that matter."
"Where did you attend school?"
"Really? I graduated from Columbia!. Where are you from?"
"University of Florida. Go gators; the south will rise again."
By the way, UF is ***NOT*** listed as "public ivy" either.
The original eight Public Ivies list by Moll (1985):2
College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
University of California6
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont (Burlington)
University of Virginia (Charlottesville)