USF Shines in New College Rankings

By Zoe Binder ’23, USF News Posted Mon, 09/13/2021 - 07:14

In the U.S. News & World Report 2022 rankings released today, USF places No. 1 in the nation for ethnic diversity, No. 23 in undergraduate nursing, and No. 103 overall. In the new Princeton Review college survey, USF rates as a top university in the United States.

A few highlights from U.S. News:

  • USF jumped from 4th to No. 1 in student ethnic diversity and is tied with Stanford University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • USF remains ranked at No. 103 among national universities — in the top third 
  • In the new category of undergraduate nursing, the ranking of No. 23 out of 694 programs
    lands USF in the top 4 percent 
  • USF jumped from 141st to 113th for “student excellence,” as measured by test scores and by the percentage of first-year students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes
  • USF ranks 125th for financial resources, a jump of 10 spots from last year. The financial resources ranking reflects per-student spending on instruction, research, and student services
  • USF also jumped from 204th to 193rd in alumni giving, and from 121st to 109th in peer assessment. Peer assessment reflects USF’s reputation among professors and administrators from other universities
  • USF remains in the top 100 for most international students and for best value

A few highlights from the Princeton Review’s Best 387 Colleges report for 2022, with comments drawn from its survey of USF students:

  • Students love USF’s “small class sizes and good work opportunities in the city”
  • Students note USF’s “diverse education in an even more diverse setting,” its “small-ish private liberal arts college” appeal, and its emphasis “on social justice”
  • The campus is “in a beautiful location” in “the ultimate city to be in as a young person”

“A USF education empowers students to make ‘an impact in the world in an area that you are passionate about,’” according to Princeton Review. “The ‘extremely talented, well-educated, hardworking, and passionate professors’ are ‘well qualified and deeply care for my education,’ facilitating ‘fun and learning combined’ in ‘interesting, engaging classes that are small.’”

Chinyere Oparah, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said, “I’m delighted to see USF praised for our diversity and academic excellence, but I’m even more delighted to be recognized for things that are harder to measure — things like professors who care, classes that empower, and a whole community dedicated to social justice. These are the things that really set us apart.”