UCF offers one of the best returns on investment in the nation.
Recognizing factors such as affordability and student debt, Princeton Review again placed UCF on its Best Value Colleges Rankings. For 2022, UCF ranked 49th amongst all public universities.
The annual ranking names the public and private institutions that have earned the Princeton Review’s highest Return on Investment (ROI) rating. In addition to affordability and low student debt, the ROI ratings considers more than 40 separate data categories, including graduation rates, job placement efforts and financial aid offerings. Additionally, the Princeton Review analyzed surveys from administrators and students at more than 650 institutions across the nation.
As the rankings demonstrate, UCF offers students an affordable education and outstanding career services to prepare them for their success in their fields of choice. Located in one of the nation’s major metropolitan cities, UCF also is close to a host of internship and job opportunities with many of the nation’s most successful companies.
Approximately half of all UCF undergrads graduate without any student debt. Nearly 60% of first-time-in-college students at UCF graduate without debt. Nationally, only 42% of students graduate debt-free.
Annually, UCF confers more than 18,000 degrees, more than any other institution in Florida. With more than half of its degrees being earned by minorities, the university awards one of the highest number of degrees to traditionally underserved communities in the nation. UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 75%, which highlights UCF’s commitment to social mobility.
During the 2020-21 academic year, UCF Career Services helped more than 44,300 students search and compete for jobs. Students completed over 18,850 co-op, internship and service learning experiences. During the last academic year, UCF awarded 3,626 baccalaureate degrees in the STEM fields.
At UCF, more than 80% of undergraduate students receive financial aid. Approximately $585 million is awarded in financial aid and over $115 million is provided to Bright Futures Scholarship students. UCF ranks second among Florida’s public universities with more than 350 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
UCF is nationally regarded for providing educational access to students across all backgrounds. Last fall, the university set a record for diversity with 49.1% of students coming from minority communities. Designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by U.S. Department of Education, Hispanic students comprise more than 27% of the university’s enrollment.
The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges Ranking is the latest recognition of UCF’s status as a best value institution. In the past year, both Kiplinger’s and Forbes also ranked UCF among the nation’s best education values.
U.S. News & World Report has recognized UCF as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs. Last fall, the publication named UCF a national leader in innovation and social mobility.