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UWF ranks top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools – Regional South Rankings for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, the University of West Florida ranks among the best public regional universities in the South.

UWF students venture about campus while wearing face protection on Aug. 19, 2020.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings on Monday, Sept. 14, and ranked UWF among the top 15 public institutions in the region. UWF was the only university in the state of Florida in the top 15 of the Top Public Schools — Regional Universities South list.

“This ranking is an excellent reminder that even during these challenging times, UWF is still thriving and providing a top-rate education,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Our students, faculty and staff work incredibly hard to distinguish UWF as a leader in higher education. We are grateful to our Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature for supporting our efforts.”

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 Universities; Top Public Schools; Social Mobility; Best Colleges for Veterans; and Most Innovative Schools.

UWF’s ranking in the Most Innovative Schools category is a new badge the institution earned this year, based on responses from a peer assessment survey. Institutions that receive a ranking in the Most Innovative Schools category are nominated based on making most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

“At UWF, we pride ourselves on our innovative approaches to teaching through a variety of course delivery options,” said Dr. George Ellenberg, UWF provost and senior vice president. “As we navigate through this new environment, our flexibility and creativity have allowed us to continue operating at the high level our students expect from UWF. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence and embrace a no limits approach in preparing our students for rewarding careers.”

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings by comparing institutions across the nation on 17 diverse academic measures. Changes to the rankings methodology this year include the introduction of two outcome measures pertaining to graduate indebtedness and reduced weight in the rankings to SAT/ACT scores, high school class standing and alumni giving rates. Only institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees are eligible. This is the 36th year for the rankings.

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