Three Northeast Florida colleges and universities improved their rankings in the U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 edition of superlatives in value, innovation and commitments to undergraduate teaching, among other categories. The rankings are based on a school’s academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
St. Augustine’s Flagler College once again ranked #2 on the list of Best Regional Colleges in the South. The school also scored #1 for best undergraduate teaching in the South and in the top five for best value schools (#5, up one spot from 2018) and most innovative schools (#2). The small, private college has an enrollment of 2,600 students.
For the eighth consecutive year, University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, ranked as one of the Best Regional Universities in the South, coming in at #42, up six spots from the previous year. The university was also ranked #14 in the Top Public Schools list, #29 in the Best Colleges for Veterans list, #58 in the list of the Best Value Schools and #82 in the list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. UNF has an enrollment of more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Jacksonville University, a private university located on the St. Johns River, came in at #56 on the Best Regional Universities in the South list. The school also received recognition as a best college for veterans (#38) and for its value (#48). The school has a combined undergraduate and graduate student population of more than 4,200.