Florida schools rank among the ‘Best Global Universities,’ according to U.S. News

The University of Florida finished 105th, while USF came in at 310. Harvard led the world.
The University of South Florida ranked ahead of UCF, FIU and FAU in the U.S. News & World Report's Global University Rankings. [USF handout]
The University of South Florida ranked ahead of UCF, FIU and FAU in the U.S. News & World Report's Global University Rankings. [USF handout]
Published October 22
Updated October 22

Several Florida schools are among the top 500 Best Global Universities in a ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Leading the state and ranking at 105th globally was the University of Florida, followed by Florida State University (190), the University of Miami (235) and the University of South Florida, which dropped from No. 286 in 2018 to No. 310 in this year’s rankings.

The University of Central Florida, Florida International and the Florida Institute of Technology all ranked in the 400s.

A variety of criteria were used to calculate the rankings. The report looked at the number of scholarly papers produced by each institution, as well as the school’s reputation and the number of published papers that were the top 10 percent most highly cited in their fields.

While no Florida school cracked the ranking’s top 100, the list was dominated by universities based in the United States.

Eight of the top 10 universities in the ranking were based in the U.S., with Harvard taking the top spot, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley.

England’s University of Oxford ranked fifth and the University of Cambridge ranked ninth, two spots lower than it was in 2018′s rankings.

The top universities throughout different regions of the world. U.S. News and World Report
The top universities throughout different regions of the world. U.S. News and World Report

The list was compiled after a “comprehensive” evaluation of 1,500 universities worldwide, according to U.S. News. The U.S. had the most universities rank in the top 500, with 249 — followed by China (188), the U.K. (86), Japan (82) and Germany (66).

“A major emphasis on academic research is what sets this methodology apart from our other university rankings," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News.

The U.S. also dominated specific subjects that were evaluated by the media company, falling to second place behind China for computer science.

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