(The Center Square) – Two Florida universities rank in US News and World Report’s top 20 latest Best Colleges 2022-2023 rankingsFlorida’s public universities earning top spots in multiple categories.
The Best Colleges Rankings ranked the University of Florida and Florida State University as the 5th and 19th best public universities in the United States. They also ranked among the top 30 colleges for veterans.
The University of South Florida ranked 42nd, moving up four spots from last year’s previous ranking. It also broke into the top 100 public and private universities for the first time in the history of the rankings, ranking 97th.
The University of Central Florida and Florida International University also ranked among the top 100 public universities nationally, at 64 and 72, respectively. UCF was ranked 20th for most innovative schools.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was also ranked 7th among all historically black public and private colleges and universities in the United States.
US News & World Report in 2021 named Florida the best state in the United States for higher education for five consecutive years. Its first ranking, the report said“can be attributed to the collective commitment of our elected leaders, Board of Governors, and state universities to student success and affordability.”
“Florida schools are among the best in the country, and this ranking shows that our investments in higher education and our focus on providing affordable, quality education are paying off,” Governor Ron DeSantis told About the ranking. “I’m especially proud that we haven’t authorized a tuition increase since I became governor, making higher education in Florida as affordable as virtually anywhere in the country.”
“When it comes to higher education, there is no state in the country better than Florida,” Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. said, adding that Florida has maintained its “fees low tuition and high standards while offering top-notch post-secondary options. above the rest.”
Brian Lamb, chairman of the board of governors, said the governor and legislature have prioritized higher education. During this year’s legislative session, the budget assigned a record $4 billion to Florida State colleges and universities.
Florida too implemented a series of transparency requirements and simplified bureaucratic processes to make it easier and cheaper for students to attend higher education institutions. It has allocated more than $125 million for nursing scholarships to colleges and universities as well as tens of millions of dollars in career and learning grants for colleges and vocational training organizations. This too spear the first-ever civics program to prepare high school and college graduates for public service.
“The result of this commitment, along with the hard work of our Board of Trustees, university management, faculty and students, is reflected in the improvement and awareness rankings of all of our universities in Report released today by the US News and World report,” Lamb said.
Florida too ranked first for her approach to K-12 public education through a new Heritage Foundation Educational Freedom newsletter.
And DeSantis’ message of educational freedom — including empowering parents, banning the “woke” curriculum, and ensuring education transparency — are all policies that resonate with parents in the main battlefield states, a recent survey conducted by a Democratic firm reveals.