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**Top-Ranked UCF Emergency Management Program in U.S. News & World Report**

UCF is gaining increasing national recognition for its academic offerings. The emergency management program at the University of Central Florida has achieved the top spot in the country, as per the most recent rankings from U.S. News and World Report for graduate schools, unveiled on Tuesday.

Professor Claire Connolly Knox from UCF’s School of Public Administration expressed pride in the program’s success, stating, “Our students are prepared to support communities and organizations across all aspects of emergency management, from readiness and prevention to response and recovery.”

The program has steadily climbed the ranks over the last seven years, focusing on preparing students to handle both natural and man-made disasters. Graduates have found employment opportunities in various locations, including Florida, Washington D.C., and nationwide.

UCF highlighted the significant impact of its graduates, emphasizing their role in saving lives, enhancing community preparedness, and applying their acquired knowledge from esteemed faculty members.

In addition to the emergency management program, UCF’s nursing and other programs have also garnered attention recently. The university’s success extends beyond emergency management, with nine graduate programs securing positions in the Top 50 nationally, spanning public affairs, education, and health disciplines.

President Alexander Cartwright commended UCF’s faculty for their exceptional mentorship, ensuring that graduate students are well-equipped to excel as innovative leaders. He emphasized that the university’s graduates are well-prepared to make significant contributions to various sectors crucial for Florida’s growth and the enhancement of economy, health, and overall quality of life.

The release of these rankings coincides with UCF’s commitment to academic excellence and its dedication to producing graduates who are poised to make a positive impact in their respective fields.