For the fourth year in a row, the University of Florida has risen in the U.S. News & World Report Top Public Schools rankings, climbing to No. 6. UF once again remains the most highly ranked university in Florida and the only university in the state in the top 10.
The top 10 public universities are:
1. University of California, Los Angeles
2. University of California, Berkeley
3. University of Michigan — Ann Arbor
4. University of Virginia
5. University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill
6. University of Florida *
6. University of California — Santa Barbara *
8. Georgia Institute of Technology *
8. University of California, Irvine *
8. University of California, San Diego *
UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is also on the rise, advancing from No. 34 to No. 32 this year. The highest-rated program at UF is biological/agricultural engineering (No. 7), followed by materials (No. 14), industrial (No. 17), environmental (No. 21), civil (No. 26), chemical (No. 28), and mechanical (No. 33).
U.S. News published the first-ever national ranking of undergraduate computer science programs this year, with UF ranking in the top 10% at No. 48 out of 481 public and private programs.
The recognitions by U.S. News come on the heels of a banner year for the university, which broke records on research expenditures and awards and launched a ground-breaking artificial intelligence, or AI, initiative that will set the university apart nationally. UF’s AI initiative is anchored by a $50 million gift from UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky and technology company NVIDIA and will integrate artificial intelligence across academic and research disciplines, fueling an AI-enabled workforce.