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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)

2024 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.

2023-24 Best Graduate School Rankings #60+
Rank Category
#64 Civil Engineering* (No. 51)
#68 Environmental Engineering* (No. 41)
#67 Social Work (No. 38)
#70 Computer Science (No. 40)
#71 Mechanical Engineering* (No. 43)
#73 Best Engineering Schools* (No. 44)
#87 Part-time MBA (No. 53)
#95 Physics* (No. 95)
#98 Best Medical Schools: Research* (No. 73)
#110 Best Medical Schools: Most Diverse Medical Schools* (No. 110)
#111 Best Medical Schools: Most Graduates Practicing Patient Care in Rural Areas* (No. 111)
#112 Biomedical Engineering* (No. 73)
#119 Overall Chemistry*
#125 Overall Math*
#154 Best Medical Schools: Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields* (No. 154)
#155 Earth Sciences*

* denotes last available ranking published by U.S. News and World Report.

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

Health & Medicine
UCF Alum Establishes New Fund for Testicular Cancer Research, Awareness
After first being diagnosed with the disease in 2003, Mason Moore ’97 has become active in the cancer community, working to encourage men to take…
Leveraging the Power of Language Through Assistive Technology
Decades-long research from a team led by Pegasus Professor Jennifer Kent-Walsh has already assisted thousands of children struggling to communicate. An historic grant will now…
The Idyllic Spot to Study the Sky
After the collapse of the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, researchers from the Florida Space Institute found new ways — and a new place…
Colleges & Campus
UCF Graduate Programs Reach New Heights in U.S. News Rankings Through Research Excellence, Impactful Community Engagement
UCF’s emergency management program ranks No. 1 in the nation, and programs in education and public affairs climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best…

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