The University of Florida is closer to being one of the top universities in the country based on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Colleges rankings for 2015. Holding its position from last year, UF ranked 14th, outranking powerhouses University of Texas at Austin and Ohio State University.
In the list of all national universities, UF ranked 48th. Last year, the university ranked 49th and made it to the top 50 nationally for the first time. UF was also granted preeminence status by the Legislature because it met the 12 criteria set by the Legislature to be a top public university. With that preeminence status comes $20 million per year over five years that UF President Bernie Machen has pledged to hire top research faculty.
The U.S. News & World Report also ranked UF’s engineering, business administration, medicine and law graduate programs. The rankings are based on measures educators regard as reliable indicators of academic quality, and on editorial staff research of educational trends. Freshman enrollment, second-year retention, SAT scores and graduation rates also affect rankings.