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2022 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.

No. 15 Most Innovative University in the Nation (No. 8)
No. 51 Top Performers on Social Mobility (No. 36)
No. 67 Top Public Schools
No. 81 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (No. 49)
No. 82 Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
No. 86 Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 72)
No. 96 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs (No. 81)
No. 106 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
No. 148 National Universities (No. 75)
No. 151 Best Value Schools (No. 59)

2023 Best Graduate Schools 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.

#3 Homeland Security and Emergency Management (No. 3)
#12 Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics (No. 5)
#13 Nonprofit Management (No. 9)
#16 Medical Schools, with the Most Graduates Practicing in Health Professional Shortage Areas (No. 11)
#22 Criminology (No. 20)
#29 Public Management and Leadership (No. 21)
#30 Public Finance and Budgeting (No. 24)
#36 Industrial Engineering (No. 26)
#39 Best Overall Public Administration School (No. 27)
#46 Health Care Management
#49 Materials Science and Engineering (No. 31)
#50 Computer Engineering (No. 29)
#52 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (No. 39)
#53 Electrical Engineering (No. 30)
#55 Aerospace Engineering (No. 38)
#55 Speech-Language Pathology
#57 Physical Therapy
#58 Best Education Schools (No. 45)
#66 Environmental Engineering (No. 41)
#69 Civil Engineering (No. 48)
#69 Computer Science (No. 39)
#72 Statistics (No. 52)
#73 Best Engineering Schools (No. 43)
#75 Mechanical Engineering (No. 45)
#79 Social Work (No. 54)
#83 Physics (No. 51)
#87 Medical Schools: Research (No. 53)
#94-124 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care (No. 59-77)
#97-125 Most Diverse Medical Schools (No. 55-74)
#106 Sociology
#110 Overall Math
#115 Overall Chemistry
#120 Clinical Psychology
#121 Medicals Schools, with the Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas (No. 75)
#122 English
#127 Part-time MBA (No. 76)
#131 Earth Sciences
#140 Psychology
#144 Biological Sciences
#152 Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields (No. 89)

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

2022 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 2022 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.

No. 7 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
No. 8 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans
No. 6 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Psychology
No. 8 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs
No. 9 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans
No. 11 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
No. 12 Best Online Master’s in Information Technology Programs for Veterans
No. 19 Best Online Master’s in Information Technology Programs
No. 20 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs
No. 46 Best Online Master’s in Education Programs
No. 79-104 Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs

Best Online Bachelors Degree - U.S. News & World Report 2022

A Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in 2022
UCF is ranked No. 7 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 2022

A Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans in 2022
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.

2022 Best Global Universities Rankings

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

#20 Optics
#127 Social Sciences and Public Health
#176 Public, Environmental and Occupational Health
#184 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
#186 Engineering
#197 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
#201 Materials Science
#206 Economics and Business
#233 Physical Chemistry
#250 Computer Science
#267 Psychiatry/Psychology
#392 Physics
#417 Best Global Universities
#499 Chemistry
#646 Clinical Medicine


Colleges & Campus
Research in 60 Seconds: How Immersion Affects the User Experience
Lecturer of integrated business Ray Eddy ’21PhD’s research examines how immersion works, who enjoys it and whether it encourages repeat participation.
Research
UCF’s Perla Latorre-Suarez Named Among Best Aerospace Graduate Students in the World
Aviation Week Network magazine released its annual 20 Twenties Award Class listing, which identifies students with the potential to change the aerospace industry.
Research
AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Digital Reading, Accessibility
A study led by UCF and Adobe scientists indicated that a machine learning model developed by the software company can improve reading speed by matching…
Colleges & Campus
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Again Named Nation’s Best
The hospitality school remains in the top five worldwide in the ShanghaiRankings’ 2022 listing.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 230+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and get inspired by at one of the nation’s largest universities.

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