UCF ranked seventh in the “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list, which lauds institutions for their success and innovation in academics, faculty, student life, campus and facilities. No other Florida university made the top 10.

The annual rankings reflect UCF’s commitment to quality growth and providing students with access to a high-quality education.  UCF’s fall 2009 freshman class averaged a 1225 on the SAT and included 55 National Merit Scholars, a total that ranks among the top 50 universities in the nation. The university expects similar numbers this fall.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings released this week cover undergraduate programs throughout the country. Earlier this year, the magazine’s Best Graduate Schools guide ranked five UCF programs among the nation’s best in their fields.

Engineering, Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Public Administration and Computer Science all made the top 100. UCF’s engineering programs led the way and ranked #2 in Florida.