The University of Central Florida continues to climb in the annual ranking of the best public universities by U.S. News & World Report, jumping two spots to number 77 in the 2021 edition of the report.
The website considers data from more than 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation, however, researchers did disclose that the ranks predate the coronavirus pandemic and results do not reflect how schools reacted to the impact of COVID-19.
This is where UCF earned high marks with more than 70 percent graduating within six years.
Other factors include class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and how much colleges spend on instruction and other educational investments, according to their website.
UCF averaged a 30 to one student to faculty ratio and a quarter of their classes have less than 20 students according to the report.
It also ranked as the 16th most innovative school in the country, click here to read more.
Across the state, the University of Florida jumped from 7th to 6th overall, earning high scores in engineering, business and computer science.
The gators also spent a record amount on research which includes a $70 million artificial intelligence initiative.
Topping the list of public universities this year was the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by the University of California, Berkeley. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor came in third.