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2024 Best Colleges Rankings

Top Rankings

U.S. News & World Report takes into account graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, alumni giving and peer assessment to rank the Best Colleges. See how the University of Central Florida measures up against other universities in the nation.

The first ranking listed encompasses all universities. The second, denoted in parentheses, is their ranking among only public universities.

2023 Best Colleges Rankings
Rank Category
#14 Most Innovative University in the Nation (No. 6)
#31 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs (No. 18)
#35 Top Performers on Social Mobility (No. 30)
#62 Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs (No. 21)
#64 Top Public Schools
#81 Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 61)
#82 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (No. 49)
#100 Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs (No. 55)
#118 Best Undergraduate Business Programs (No. 71)
#124 National Universities
#130 Best Undergraduate Psychology Programs (No. 72)
#157 Best Value Schools (No. 60)
#217 Best Undergraduate Economics Programs (No. 107)

2023-24 Best Graduate School Rankings

University of Central Florida is one of more than 800 institutions with graduate schools surveyed by U.S. News on an annual basis. The first ranking listed encompasses all universities. The second, denoted in parentheses, is their ranking among only public universities.

Launching Space Innovation

Established in 1963 to provide talent to the burgeoning space industry at nearby Kennedy Space Center, UCF has a legacy of providing a talent pipeline to help NASA reach its goals. Since then, our faculty researchers and alumni have led the way in space exploration — from exploring the possibilities of mining the moon to simulating Martian soil.
Discover our impact on space

2024 Best Online Programs Rankings

UCF’s online programs are ranked as some of the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on the publication’s 2024 Best Online Programs rankings, which assess schools based on student engagement, online learning technologies and support, faculty credentials and training, and the program’s reputation among other universities.

Best Online Bachelors Degree - U.S. News & World Report 2024

A Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in 2024
UCF is ranked No. 8 in Best Online Undergraduate Programs in the Nation. Using indicators of academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Best Online Bachelors Degree for Veterans - U.S. News & World Report 2024

A Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans in 2024
U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Central Florida as one of the best online bachelor’s degree programs that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

2023 Best Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News ranked universities around the world based on their academic research & reputation.

2023 Best Global Universities Rankings
Rank Category
#24 Optics
#106 Social Sciences and Public Health
#164 Public, Environmental and Occupational Health
#209 Electrical Engineering
#220 Materials Science
#221 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
#222 Engineering
#224 Economics and Business
#257 Computer Science
#258 Physical Chemistry
#288 Psychiatry/Psychology
#339 Physics
#413 Best Global Universities
#526 Chemistry
#605 Clinical Medicine

Student Life
UCF Medical Student Presents Research at National Cochlear Conference
Ariana Johnson recently shared the same research as a poster presentation at the annual UCF College of Medicine FIRE Conference.
Science & Technology
UCF Ranks 21st in U.S. Public Universities for Patents with 57 New Inventions in 2023
This is the 11th year that UCF has ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for patents.
Science & Technology
UCF Student Receives National Acclaim for Project Protecting Leatherback Sea Turtles
Callie Veelenturf’s conservation work has been featured on the front page of The Washington Post and on CBS News and in Smithsonian magazine.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Receives Recognition for Best Online Colleges for Veterans
College Consensus has ranked UCF among the top institutions for veterans pursuing online degrees.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 240+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and learn at one of the nation’s most innovative universities.

Arts and Humanities
Burnett Honors
Community Innovation and Education
Engineering and Computer Science
Health Professions and Sciences
Optics and Photonics
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Graduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies