UCF is one of only three universities to improve its overall national ranking each of the last five years.

The University of Central Florida is one of America’s most innovative schools and a rising leader in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges Rankings.

Within the publication’s Most Innovative Schools category, UCF is the top-ranked public university in Florida. The university is eighth among the nation’s public colleges and universities and 15th overall, ahead of several Ivy League universities, including Harvard and Yale. This is the fourth consecutive year UCF has ranked in the top 20. Institutions are selected by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans. The category recognizes UCF’s efforts towards student success, innovative research, and national excellence and local impact.

In the Top Performers on Social Mobility category, UCF ranked No. 51 in the nation. In the last two years, UCF’s ranking for social mobility has risen 19 spots, up from 62nd in 2021 and 70th in 2020.

For overall academic excellence, UCF is tied for 67th among public national institutions and 148th amongst all colleges and universities in the nation. UCF is one of only three universities to improve its national ranking each of the last six years. This year’s rankings represent a 10 and 12 spot rise from 2021’s 77th (public universities) and 160th (overall) placements, respectively.

Additionally, UCF was named prominently in the following national categories:

81 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs;
82 for Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs;
86 for Best Colleges for Veterans;
96 for Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs;
106 for Best Undergraduate Business Programs; and
151 for Best Value Schools.

UCF’s Fall 2021 incoming class is one of the highest achieving in university history. The Class of 2025 has an average GPA of 4.22, the strongest to date for an incoming class, and average SAT and ACT scores of 1323 and 28.6, respectively. This fall, the university also welcomed 107 National Merit Scholars, the highest number in UCF history. The incoming class joins a student body making notable accomplishments in Central Florida and beyond.

This story first appeared on the UCF News site.
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