U.S. News likes what UCF's doing
USF retained its spot and UF and FSU dropped by a couple of notches, but the University of Central Florida on Friday was cheering its ascension on the 2008 U.S. News and World Report college rankings, soon to be on newstands.
UCF ranks in the third tier of national universities, which includes colleges ranked 131th through 187th. Last year UCF ranked in the fourth tier. The “America’s Best Colleges” guide will be in the Aug. 27 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands on Monday, Aug. 20.
UF fell to 49th and FSU fell to 112th on a list of the nation's top comprehensive colleges, and New College in Sarasota fell from No. 1 among liberal arts colleges to No. 4.
USF, meanwhile, remained a third-tier university, as it was in the 2007 rankings.
But UCF moved from the fourth tier into USF's territory, based on U.S. News' evaluation of factors ranging from graduation rates and class sizes to graduation rates and the academic caliber of students.
UCF moved up as a result of better scores for SAT scores, graduation rates and freshman retention rates.
“We are pleased that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the quality of our students and faculty by ranking UCF among its ‘Best Colleges,’” said Provost Terry Hickey. “We will continue to look for ways to provide our students and faculty opportunities to excel.”