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2023 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
#20 Most Innovative University in the Nation (No. 8)
#51 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs (No. 30)
#54 Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs (No. 16)
#59 Top Performers on Social Mobility (No. 41)
#64 Top Public Schools
#75 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (No. 44)
#86 Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs (No. 48)
#89 Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 61)
#108 Best Undergraduate Business Programs (No. 64)
#137 National Universities
#177 Best Value Schools (No. 68)

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

2023 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 2023 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 2023

A Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in 2023
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 2023

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.

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

Research in 60 Seconds: Making Molecules Sing to Better Understand Them
21st Century Scholar Chair Professor of Optics, Photonics and Physics Konstantin Vodopyanov’s research examines molecules to develop advancements that impact healthcare to space exploration.
UCF Scientist Uncovers Roots of Antibiotic Resistance
By understanding how mutations occur, researchers can better understand and develop therapeutics to combat resistant infections.
Colleges & Campus
Florida Ranks No. 1 for Higher Education by U.S. News & World Report for 7th Year
Florida improved on two of the five metrics in the recent rankings —  including four-year graduation rate and educational attainment — and remained No. 1…
Science & Technology
UCF Ranks as a Top 25 U.S. Public University for Patents Granted
The new rankings place UCF ahead of leading public and private institutions such as Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of North Carolina at…

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 get inspired by at one of the nation’s largest 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