University of South Florida College of Medicine recognized as fastest-rising school in national rankings

by | Aug 16, 2022


  • The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine on Tuesday was recognized as the fastest-rising medical school in national rankings
  • Ranked as the 46th best medical education facility in America for 2023, USF has risen 34 spots since 2014. The rapid rise is due in part to a newly-implemented focus on research and patient outreach
  • USF’s College of Medicine is established as the third-highest ranked medical school in Florida, narrowly trailing the University of Miami and the University of Florida 
  • As a result of rising marks, USF has seen a 151.2 percent increase in research funding since 2014 as well as a 75 percent jump in National Institute of Health funding

The University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine rose 34 spots in the U.S. News medical school rankings over the past eight years, marking it as the fastest-rising medical education institute in the nation.

Ranked as the 46th best medical school by U.S. News and World Report rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning, the USF College of Medicine has seen a 42 percent increase in the total number of applications since 2014, as well as a jump of four points in average incoming MCAT scores.

As a result, research funding has risen by 151.2 percent since 2014, accompanied by a 75 percent increase in National Institute of Health funding during the same span.

No other medical school in the data – public or private – has risen as far in rankings as fast as the Morsani College of Medicine.

“Our sustained rise in national rankings reflects the rapidly increasing strength of our educational, research, and clinical missions at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. We are now competing with the nation’s most storied and respected programs,” said Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “These outstanding metrics also position us to attract the highest caliber students and faculty, further advancing our program into the national spotlight for its outstanding education, exceptional research, and world-class clinical care.”

With the new rankings, the USF College of Medicine establishes itself as the third-best medical school in Florida, placing just three points behind the University of Miami and nine points behind state leader the University of Florida in terms of research ranking.

Last month, USF entered into a collaborative partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to develop an infection control resource center for emergency responders.

According to a CDC agreement, USF will work with the agency over the course of the next five years to construct and manage the center. The CDC will provide the college with roughly $500,000 this year, with the possibility of receiving significantly more money each of the next four years.

“The overall purpose of the project is to develop a multi-modal approach to deliver infection prevention and control (IPC) education to emergency responders. The center will serve as a hub for recruitment, dissemination, referral, and subject matter consultation,” said College Of Public Health Director Dr. Christine McGuire-Wolfe.

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