We’re Officially In The Top 10!

The University of Florida has become the first Florida school to break into the list of top-10 best public research universities, coming in at No. 9, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released last week. UF faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors have had a shared vision to elevate the university’s stature, and we rose eight spots in the rankings since 2016. UF is now tied at the No. 9 spot with the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, San Diego.

What does this mean for students?

Academic Reputation: UF is now the highest-ranked university in the state. For our students, attending a top-10 public university means their degrees will be worth more when they graduate. For our alumni, the degrees they already hold are now more valuable. Going to a top-10 institution can mean more earnings for certain majors than attending a less selective school.

Student Retention: UF already ranks in the 97th percentile for freshmen student retention, one of the highest scores of universities across the nation. For the state of Florida, our high school students no longer may wish to leave their home state to attend a world-class university. UF offers stature at an affordable price, too, ranked No. 3 on the Forbes’ Best Value Colleges’ list.

Graduation Rate: U.S. News looks at graduation rates, and we rose four points since last year, with a four-year graduation rate of 67 percent for freshman students, an 84 percent graduate rate for 5-year students and an 87 percent rate for 6-year students.

Attracting the Best: Our rankings and academic excellence will help UF continue to recruit and attract even more of the best and brightest students and faculty.

The U.S. News and World Report’s ranking is just one measure of the momentum of The Gator Nation. Here are some other stellar rankings:

  • No. 1 for graduate employability by London-based Times Higher Education
  • No. 3 in Forbes Best Value Colleges
  • No. 6 on the New York Times College Access Index
  • No. 7 on Kiplinger’s list of the Best College Values (in-state)

The 2018 list of top 10 best public universities now looks like this:

1. University of California, Berkeley *

1. University of California, Los Angeles *

3. University of Virginia

4. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

5. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

6. College of William & Mary

7. Georgia Institute of Technology

8. University of California, Santa Barbara

9. University of Florida *

9. University of California, Irvine *

9. University of California, San Diego *

  • = tie