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University of Florida ranks fifth among U.S. News’ top public universities

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Florida has risen in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, reaching the No. 5 position among U.S. public schools, an extraordinary milestone in the university’s history. UF’s steady climb exemplifies a unified and sustained commitment at all levels, from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature, our congressional representatives, the Board of Governors and the UF Board of Trustees to the thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors who strive daily to contribute to the university’s culture of excellence and integrity in learning, discovery and invention.

UF has advanced a record nine spots on the public university list since 2017. On the U.S. News National Universities list, which includes both public and private institutions, UF ranked No. 28, a rise of 22 spots during the same period.

“I want to express my gratitude and acknowledgement to all of the people in the UF community who contribute every day to a culture of hard work, passion, invention and discovery that will far outlast this ranking season and any other accolades,” University of Florida President Kent Fuchs said. “It’s an honor for UF to be recognized, and it’s a pleasure to say with full confidence that our momentum will continue.”

The Heavener School of Business and the Fisher School of Accounting at the Warrington College of Business also received top ranks from U.S. News & World Report.

The Heavener School rose to No. 13 among public undergraduate business programs in the U.S., and the Fisher School was named the No. 7 undergraduate accounting program among U.S. public institutions.

Among all U.S. undergraduate programs, the Heavener School also rose to the No. 23 position, up one spot from its ranking last year. It continues to be the highest-ranking undergraduate business program in the state of Florida.

“It’s an honor to join the University of Florida as a program on the rise in the latest rankings from U.S. News,” said Erica Studer-Byrnes, Assistant Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business. “With our focus on providing learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom, our burgeoning culture of developing inclusive future leaders, and our efforts to provide our students with a modern, cutting-edge business education, the Heavener School is positioning itself for an even stronger place among the best undergraduate business schools in the country.”

Five of the Heavener School’s programs were recognized as part of the specialty rankings, with four being ranked in the top 10 among publics. Real Estate ranked fourth, Accounting ranked seventh, and Marketing and Finance both ranked eighth. Management also finished in the 16th spot among U.S. publics.  

In addition to its No. 7 U.S. publics ranking, overall, the Fisher School was ranked the No. 12 program in the U.S. The Fisher School also continues to be the No. 1 ranked undergraduate accounting program in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report.

“It’s a continued honor to receive strong rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said Gary McGill, Senior Associate Dean of the Warrington College of Business, Director of the Fisher School of Accounting and J. Roy Duggan Professor. “These strong rankings reflect the quality of the Fisher School of Accounting students, faculty, staff and programs. We thank them for their commitment to excellence.”