UF Biomedical Engineering Achieves Top Rankings in 2023: #10 Undergraduate Public Program and #12 Graduate Public Program in the U.S.

BME undergraduate program achieves #10 ranking in the U.S. News Rankings

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering has achieved its highest-ever ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s annual evaluation of the nation’s leading undergraduate biomedical engineering programs.

UF BME has ascended to the No. 10 position, a notable improvement from its No. 13 ranking in 2022 among public programs. This elevated ranking underscores the widespread respect that department chairs across the country hold for UF’s biomedical engineering program.

“We take immense pride in being recognized by BME leaders as one of the premier undergraduate programs in the United States,” expressed Dr. Lee Murfee, Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. “It’s incredibly satisfying to focus on our students and to have this focus recognized by others.”

Dr. Sarah Furtney, Instructional Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow, attributes this surge in rankings to a steadfast commitment to students, research, community partnerships, and engaged alums. “Our success is rooted in a proactive, inclusive mindset that permeates everything we do,” she emphasized.

The department focuses on delivering exceptional learning experiences, offering robust career development opportunities, and increasing interactions with its esteemed faculty.

“It’s truly gratifying to be acknowledged among our peer institutions for the remarkable accomplishments emerging from our department,” expressed Department Chair Dr. Cherie Stabler. “Our growing reputation is a testament to the caliber of our faculty, students, and staff.”

Furthermore, Murfee credits the rise of industry and clinical innovation opportunities for students as instrumental in elevating the impact of the department. Students benefit from proximity to experts in ten engineering departments and collaborations with the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, and Pharmacy, along with the state’s top-ranked hospitals, all within a short walking distance.

BME grad program rises to #12 in public U.S. News rankings

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering continues to rise in rankings, now #12 nationally among the top public engineering schools for graduate biomedical/bioengineering degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report. Chosen by the department chairs of peer institutions, UF BME’s rankings represent a significant advance in the 2023-2024 rankings among the country’s best public graduate schools.

Last year, the UF BME graduate program was ranked No. 17. In the past ten years, the graduate program ranking has risen over 21 spots (public) and almost 30 spots (overall), from No. 33 among public (57 overall) to now No. 12 among publics (28 overall). The program has been in the top 20 among public institutions every year since 2016.

This substantial increase in recognition among the country’s best programs over the past ten years has resulted from a strategic and intentional investment in proactive faculty and graduate student recruiting, a focus on research excellence and awards for students and faculty, a considerable expansion in research infrastructure and staffing to facilitate success, a commitment to building community, and a dedicated effort to promote diversity and inclusion, among many efforts.

Since 2013, UF BME’s faculty size has more than doubled with the hiring of 22 faculty to date, with women faculty increasing from 2 to 16 (now 55%) and Black and Hispanic faculty increasing from 1 to 7 (now 24%). UF BME’s research quality and impact have risen dramatically, with a three to four-fold increase in research expenditures. The undergraduate program first became ABET-accredited in Fall 2019 and is now ranked #13 among public BME UG programs (U.S. News & World Report). UF BME’s student and postdoc fellowships (e.g., NIH F31, NIH F32, NSF GRFP) have increased more than 10-fold, with the implementation of incentive programs. The department has received ~$3M in new gifts and foundation and industrial support for innovative research and educational programs. The department has launched numerous initiatives to increase the impact and visibility of the department, enhance engagement and enrich the culture of the department by strengthening partnerships, expanding interdisciplinary research and education, and increasing opportunities to translate engineering discoveries to biomedical applications.

“Our students are always at the core of all that we do at UF BME; these rankings confirm that the growth and momentum that has been built in the last ten years has been recognized by our peers,” Dr. Christine Schmidt, Pruitt Family Professor and department chair, said. “Our collaborative efforts across the university and expansion in partnerships, with interdisciplinary projects taking place, have been a testament to the quality of our program.”