UF rises in rank to No. 7 among public universities

For the third year in a row, UF has risen in the U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools rankings, climbing to No. 7 (in a tie with the University of California, Santa Barbara).

UF remains the most highly ranked university in Florida and the only university in the state in the top 10.

“Our faculty and staff continue to do amazing work, and the latest U.S. News ranking is a wonderful affirmation of that,” said President Kent Fuchs. “The rankings are also an indicator of our national stature among the nation’s very best research universities, the quality of the education our students are receiving and the steadily increasing value of a University of Florida degree.”

The U.S. News rankings are based on up to 15 key measures that are used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each university. The measures fall into six broad areas: outcomes (35%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (10%) and alumni giving (5%).

Two years ago, UF announced the Faculty 500 initiative to hire 500 additional new faculty, and almost all are in place, resulting in a current student-faculty ratio of 18:1, up from 19:1 last year and 21:1 four years ago. Currently, 50 percent of UF’s undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students.

Read the whole UF News story here.