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USF ranks as a top-100 university for the first time in school history

Bulls statues at Marshall Center on USF campus
Carl Lisciandrello
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WUSF Public Media
For the first time in school history, the University of South Florida received a top-100 ranking among all of the nation’s universities.

USF comes in at No. 42 in the U.S. News and World Report 2022 rankings, rising four spots from last year in the public university rankings.

For the first time in school history, the University of South Florida received a top-100 ranking among the nation’s universities.

USF comes in at No. 97 among all public and private universities in the U.S. News and World Report 2022 rankings.

Among only public universities, USF rose four spots from last year to No. 42. It's the fourth consecutive year that USF has been in the top 50 public universities.

U.S. News and World Report bases its annual rankings on several factors, including graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty pedigree, and salary range.

“While we should take a moment to celebrate our place in the rankings, I’m reminded that it’s many of the steps we’re taking on our path to becoming a top-25 public university that are most important,” USF President Rhea F. Law said in a Monday news release. “Among the factors U.S. News considers are measurements of student success and faculty excellence, which directly align with key goals in USF’s strategic plan.”

Saint Leo University, which was ranked among the best regional universities last year, was named one of the top universities across the nation for the most international students and campus ethnic diversity.

The University of Florida received the highest ranking in the state. It was tied with the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill for the position of No. 5 public university in the country. UF ranks 29th across all public and private universities across the nation.

UF maintained it’s ranking from 2021 despite a year filled with controversy, including allegations of the university restricting academic freedom. An accreditation group this past summer found no wrongdoing with the university’s actions.

Florida State University ranks 19th in the nation in public universities, while the University of Central Florida (64th) and Florida International University (72nd) both cracked the top-100.

Florida A&M just missed the top-100 mark, coming in at No. 103.

The University of Miami came in at No. 55 among public and private colleges.

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