UF College of Medicine receives elite rankings

The University of Florida College of Medicine retained its spot as the state’s top-ranked medical school and remains among the nation’s premier institutions, according to new graduate school rankings U.S. News and World Report issued Tuesday.

Two other UF colleges — Nursing, and Public Health and Health Professions — made significant gains in the rankings, placing them among the country’s best.

The College of Medicine is ranked No. 16 for research among public universities and No. 37 in the nation overall. In primary care, the college ranked 34th nationally for public institutions and No. 48 overall.

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In the U.S. News diversity index, the College of Medicine is No. 19 among public universities and No. 26 overall. Those standings are calculated using metrics that include enrollment of underrepresented groups — 24.3 percent in 2021.

The UF College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, or D.N.P., made major strides in the national rankings while remaining No. 1 in Florida. It is now the nation’s No. 15 public program and No. 25 among all institutions. That is up from No. 24 among public schools and No. 36 overall last year. 

Among public health doctoral programs, the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions now stands at No. 18 among publicly funded schools of public health and No. 29 overall — up four and 12 places, respectively, from a year ago.

“UF Health continues to be among the nation’s elite for health science education and medical research,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “These ongoing distinctions are the direct result of the talent and persistence shown by the faculty and staff in our health-related colleges. Their continual dedication is what propels UF Health forward and inspires us all.”

Factors used to compile the College of Medicine rankings include a nationwide survey of faculty and academic administrators, faculty-to-student ratio, federal research funding and acceptance rates. In recent years, the College of Medicine has adopted novel approaches for discovery and medical education, including in the area of artificial intelligence. Its faculty also includes world-renowned physicians and scientists.

The doctoral program in biostatistics, which is run by the UF colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine, is 11th among public universities and 21st overall.   

Other UF colleges remain highly ranked by the publication, including the College of Pharmacy at No. 5 nationally and the College of Veterinary Medicine at No. 9. Those rankings are unchanged because not all programs are ranked every year by U.S. News & World Report.   

In September, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school the country’s No. 5 public university and in January, UF Online was selected the top online bachelor’s degree program in the country.


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