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

The University of West Florida ranked among the top 15 public regional institutions in the South in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released on Monday, Sept. 9. UWF was the only public university in the state of Florida to rank in the top 15 of the Top Public Schools – Regional Universities South list.

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“UWF is thriving; building upon new and existing programs, empowering outstanding faculty members and welcoming high-achieving students,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “This ranking is a testament to our institutional efforts and current position in the realm of higher education. We are grateful for this accolade that wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature.”

U.S. News & World Report awarded UWF four 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; and Best Colleges for Veterans. Social Mobility is a new academic measure based on how an institution serves low-income students.

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings by comparing institutions across the nation on 15 diverse academic measures. Only institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees are eligible. This is the 35th year for the rankings.

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