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UCF is one of the best universities in the nation for students looking to continue their education and advance their careers in a wide range of professional areas, including emergency and crisis management, high-tech research and the engineering fields.

Take it from U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, which are based on in-depth reputational and statistical surveys from more than 800 institutions. Located in one of the nation’s major metropolitan cities, UCF is close to a host of internship and job opportunities with many of the nation’s most successful companies.

The rankings are the latest acknowledgement of UCF’s dedication to academic excellence, commitment to advancing the professional careers of students and an institutional priority for making significant societal contributions. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report recognized UCF as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs. Last fall, the publication named UCF a national leader in innovation and social mobility. Taken as a whole, the rankings show UCF is the place to be for those looking to take their professional careers to the next level.

A Leader in Engineering

Among engineering programs, UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science ranked No. 43 across public institutions and No. 73 overall. The university placed ahead of several other Florida institutions, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the University of Miami and the University of South Florida.

Nine individual engineering programs and areas were ranked within the top 50 among public institutions. They were all ranked in the top 100 among both public and private institutions. The Computer Science program saw the college’s biggest one-year national leap, rising 13 spaces to No. 69, overall.

A full listing of UCF engineering rankings follow:

No. 36 – Industrial Engineering (No. 26, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 49 – Materials Science and Engineering (No. 31, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 50 – Computer Engineering (No. 29, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 53 – Electrical Engineering(No. 30, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 55 – Aerospace Engineering (No. 36, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 65 – Civil Engineering (No. 44, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 66 – Environmental Engineering (No. 41, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 69 – Computer Science (No. 48, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 73 – Overall Engineering (No. 43, among public institutions in the nation)
No. 75 – Mechanical Engineering (No. 45, among public institutions in the nation)

Materials science and engineering is a burgeoning field that spans all sectors of industry, including aerospace, energy and medicine. Its graduate program has leaped ahead in rankings because of internationally prominent faculty, impressive research awards and successful alumni, according to Sudipta Seal, Ph.D., chair, UCF Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

“It feels like we just broke the sound barrier,” Seal says. “Getting into the nation’s top 50 is a big deal. MSE’s faculty, students and staff have worked hard work bringing our young department into this national spotlight, and I congratulate them for this recognition.”

Written by Anthony Moore for UCF Today
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