UF’s College of Education was ranked No. 9 among U.S. undergraduate colleges of education by USA Today.
The survey, released Sept. 8, was conducted by USA Today and College Factual, an education technology company that provided data for the newspaper’s third annual ranking of the top colleges nationwide. The ranking looked at 10 factors, including graduates who are among the top earners after graduation and post-graduate resources.
Glenn Good, the dean of the college, wrote in an email that it’s the first time the college was included in USA Today’s ranking.
“From my perspective, the high rankings come in part from UF attracting exceptional students, the college preparing them very well and students becoming successful leaders in their professions following their graduation,” he said.
Graduates of the college are in very high demand by employers, and students often receive multiple job offers after graduating, he said.
The college is now the highest ranked college of education in both the state and the southeastern region of the country, according to USA Today.
Nephtali Beauvais, a UF education senior with a specialization in early childhood education, said she’s been able to do hands on learning through courses, an opportunity she’s enjoyed.
The 21-year-old said hearing the college’s ranking came as a surprise.
“I had no idea,” Beauvais said. “It’s amazing to hear and makes the whole experience that much more worth it.”