The University of Central Florida’s Health Services was ranked No. 2 in the nation from among more than 2,500 universities and colleges, according to a survey of students released today by The Princeton Review.

UCF’s ranking was included in the education company’s annual guide, “The Best 379 Colleges,” which was based on responses from 130,000 students nationwide.

UCF Health Services’ goal is to provide excellent health care and promote lifelong well-being in the UCF community. It maintains an accredited practice that offers a wide range of medical services that students need most. These include primary care, women’s health, psychiatry, sports medicine, and specialty services such as clinical dietitian services, physical therapy, dental services, alcohol and drug intervention services and others.

The UCF Health Center is a one-stop shop for student health and includes a pharmacy, lab and radiology services all in one convenient location. To serve UCF’s large and scattered student population, UCF Health Services staffs another pharmacy in Knights Plaza and smaller clinics on a number of the university’s regional campuses so that students are near the care they need to remain healthy.

“We pride ourselves on continually improving through research and understanding our patients’ needs so that we can be their health care resource of choice,” said Dr. Michael Deichen, UCF Health Services director.

Health Services averages about 6,000 patient visits each month and soon will begin an expansion project to add dedicated space for international student health, a travel health clinic, and programming space for alcohol and other drug-intervention services. The 12,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2015.

The Princeton Review’s guide based its rankings in 62 categories after polling an average of nearly 350 students per campus nationwide.

School profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 379 Colleges” are posted at and are available in bookstores. Users can also access the book’s “150 Best Value Colleges for 2014” and its “Honor Roll” lists saluting schools that received the highest possible score for financial aid, fire safety, and green ratings.

In January, UCF was listed again as one of the nation’s 150 “best value” universities, according to The Princeton Review’s annual analysis of institutions around the nation. That list was based on surveys of undergraduate institutions concerning their academics, cost of attendance, faculty-to-student ratio, and financial aid.

In March, The Princeton Review ranked UCF’s video game graduate school No. 2 in North America. UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy has been listed among the top five in the Princeton Review’s rankings since the school opened in downtown Orlando nine years ago.