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UWF ranks top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools – Regional South Rankings

The University of West Florida was ranked in the top 10 public institutions in the region by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2023 Best Colleges rankings on Sept. 12. 

“These rankings reflect the world class faculty, supportive staff and robust programming we have here,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “At UWF, we remain steadfast in our efforts. We are pleased to continue earning recognition in many areas by U.S. News and World Report.”  

U.S. News & World Report awarded UWF five Best Colleges award badges as symbols of excellence. UWF received badges for ranking among the top regional universities in the South in the following categories: Regional University South; Regional Public University South; Social Mobility; Best Colleges for Veterans; and Undergraduate Nursing. 

Since opening its doors to students in the fall of 1967, UWF has grown to a comprehensive regional university recognized nationally for excellence in diversity, academics, athletics and employee satisfaction. 

UWF generates more than $1.1 billion in total annual sales for the regional economy and approximately $703 million in gross domestic product. With approximately 14,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff and 30,000 local alumni, the University provides a steady supply of consumers, community volunteers and skilled workforce to fill critical roles in regional businesses, hospitals and schools.

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings by comparing institutions across the nation on 17 diverse academic measures. This is the 38th year for the rankings. 

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