If 2020 has felt like a strange, surreal, somewhat ominous year to you, we’re right there with you. But September 14, 2020 brought some great news for The Gator Nation – finding out that UF is officially ranked as the No. 6 public university!

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings have been released, and UF has climbed once again, up from No. 7 last year. UF’s quest for a spot in the top five has been a publicized goal for many years, and the effort continues to pay off. UF has risen from No. 14 in 2017 to No. 6 in 2021, proving yet again how dedicated our faculty, staff and students are to success.

“By nearly every measure, UF is continuing to make gains, and I’m thankful to the elected leaders, faculty, staff and supporters of the university who have made that possible,” said UF President Kent Fuchs in the UF press release about the rankings. “We have momentum, focus and hard work on our side, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this university.”

The success doesn’t stop at the overall ranking. UF is now also tied with Stanford University and Yale University as the No. 7 university among both public and private institutions for a measure called “Student Outcome,” which includes freshman retention, graduation rates, social mobility for low-income students and student debt. UF is proud to have the lowest tuition and fees of any public or private university in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Students were excited and proud to learn about the new ranking. “The University of Florida continues to find innovative ways to enhance the experience for past, current and future gators,” said Xavier Ansley-Black, a fourth-year Information Systems major. “I can say that the faculty cares to make a positive impact, and I know the university is well on its way to being a top 5 institution really soon.”

One aspect of the student experience that continues to boost UF in the rankings is the personal attention that students receive. Even as one of the largest universities in the nation, UF maintains a low 17:1 student to faculty ratio, and 90% of classes have 50 students or less. UF continues to focus on other areas as well, including research, new faculty hires and a recently-announced artificial intelligence initiative.

“It has been so exciting to see our consistent rise in the rankings throughout the time I have been a student here,” said Mia Minkin, a third-year Family Youth and Community Sciences and Political Science double-major said. “I hope that the accomplishments of UF continue to be recognized on a national level and alongside this, that our university works to prioritize the well-being of the students.”