Florida universities move up in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The University of Florida and Florida State University each jumped five slots in the latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings, with UF earning the #9 spot and FSU landing at #33.

The University of South Florida came in at #68, University of Central Florida landed at #90 and Florida International University finds itself at #122. All three institutions moved up in the rankings.

FAMU saw its stock improve, as it maintained it's spot as the #1 public Historically Black College or University and moved from #7 best overall HBCU in the country to the #6 spot.

“Over the past several years, the State University System has made a real push to align its degrees with the state workforce, increase its prominence in research, and improve the quality of our universities,” said Tom Kuntz, chair of the Board of Governors. “After U.S. News & World Report recently named Florida the top state for higher education in the country, it’s good to also see our individual institutions recognized.”

“The Board of Governors, through performance funding and other initiatives, has helped define what it means to be a Florida university,” said Marshall Criser III, State University System chancellor. “Above all, it means a focus on outcomes and an absolute commitment to student success.”

The rankings appear in the “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook by U.S. News & World Report and are based on widely accepted indicators of excellence, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.