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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 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 Best Graduate School Rankings #1-#69
Rank Category
#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)
2023 Best Graduate School Rankings #70+
Rank Category
#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
#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.

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.

2022 Best Global Universities Rankings
Rank Category
#20 Optics
#127 Social Sciences and Public Health
#176 Public, Environmental and Occupational Health
#184 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
#186 Engineering
#197 Electrical 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

Health & Medicine
UCF Podcast: Providing Quality Communication Disorders Training and Care
Debra Knox, director of UCF’s Communication Disorders Clinic, shares the growing need for speech language pathology professionals, the constantly evolving nature of the field and…
Health & Medicine
UCF Researchers Design Treatment to Protect Bones During Cancer Therapy
A novel nanoparticle could provide hope for millions of cancer patients at risk for bone damage from radiation therapy.
Colleges & Campus
3 UCF Students Support Military Through 2022 X-Force Fellowships
The engineering and photonics students were selected out of 600 applicants to work on projects that solve real-world national security issues.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Research in 60 Seconds Video: Understanding the Impact of Diversity
Assistant Professor Kenicia Wright’s research examines the politically related effects of social identities, such as race, ethnicity and gender.

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
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