GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

The University of Florida says it was given a record $215.3 million from donors in the last fiscal year.

University officials say it's the second year in a row that Florida was given cash and cash-equivalent donations in excess of $210 million. The fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Last year Florida launched a major fundraising push to raise $800 million over a three-year period to push up the university's ranking among the nation's best public research universities. It is the only Florida school that is a member of prestigious Association of American Universities.

Florida has been designated as one of the state's pre-eminent universities. The move brought increased state funding that is being used to hire additional faculty.