Florida’s Public Universities Ranked Among the Best: ‘Our Focus on Providing an Affordable, Quality Education are Paying Off’

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

September 14, 2022 Updated 12:29 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated U.S. News and World Report releasing their 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, which placed some of Florida’s schools among the best-ranked public schools.

The University of Florida and Florida State University ranked among the top 20 public universities in the U.S. UF placed 5th while FSU placed 19th.

The University of South Florida made the top 50, ranking 42nd, rising four places from last year.

The University of Central Florida and Florida International University made the top 100. UCF was ranked 64th and FIU was ranked 72nd.

“Florida schools are some of the best in the nation, and these rankings show that our investments in higher education and our focus on providing an affordable, quality education are paying off,” DeSantis said. “I am especially proud that we have not allowed tuition increases since I have been Governor, making higher education in Florida as affordable as virtually anywhere in the nation.”

Florida performed well in other categories. UF and UCF placed in the top 30 colleges for veterans, UCF was ranked 20th in the most innovative schools, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was ranked 7th among public and private historically black colleges and universities.

“When it comes to higher education, there’s no state in the country better than Florida,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, we have kept our tuition low and standards high while offering top-notch postsecondary options that stand above the rest.”

DeSantis also celebrated Florida being ranked number one for higher education for five consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Criteria included are 2-year college graduation rate (2nd), 4-year college gradation rate (6th), low debt at graduation (7th), educational attainment (29th), and tuition and fees (1st).

“Florida is the #1 state for students to pursue higher education, and we keep the cost of our public universities and colleges low so students can afford their education without incurring crippling debt,” DeSantis said on Twitter.

“We are extremely grateful that Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have prioritized higher education in the State of Florida year after year,” said Brian Lamb, Chair, Board of Governors. “The result of that commitment, along with the hard work of our Board, university leadership, faculty and students, reflects in the improvement and prominence rankings of all of our state universities released today by the U.S. News and World report.”

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