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Newsweek rates Florida's colleges cheap, beautiful

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 08:16 PM

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TAMPA Florida colleges and universities dominate at least one of the categories in a new list of rankings: Cheapest.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast drew from an eclectic group of sources for their own version of always subjective college rankings, producing a top 25 in each of 25 categories, including Brainiacs and Most Beautiful.

Sources included the College Board, PopCrunch, College Prowler, Sperling's Best Places, National Center for Education Statistics, and RateMyProfessor.com.

Here's a sampling of how Florida's schools fared:

Cheapest: Florida State is No. 12 on the list of the cheapest 25, the University of Central Florida is No. 8, University of South Florida No. 7, University of Florida No. 6 and New College No. 4. Cheapest of all is Berea College.

Party schools: That Sunshine State reputation notwithstanding, only one Florida school made the list here – private Rollins College in Winter Park. No. 1 is West Virginia University.

Activists: None. Swarthmore College is tops here.

Best food: Nope. St. Olaf College is No.1

Return on Investment: Again, none, but consider that No. 1 in this category is Princeton.

Brainiacs: None. Yale is tops, and that's enough about categories where Florida gets skunked.

Happiest: Rollins rates again, No. 12. Yale is No. 1.

Least rigorous: University of Florida rates No. 2 here, for some reason, behind only SUNY at Binghamton in New York.

Most Beautiful: In this mashing together of people and places, Florida scores well with UCF at No. 20, UF at No. 5 and FSU at No. 4. The University of Mississippi is No. 1.

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