UCF was ranked the No. 3 “up-and-comer” university by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which ranked over 1,300 higher-education institutes.

The ranking is part of the publication’s annual college rankings that rank the schools in a dozen categories. This is the seventh year in a row that the magazine compiled the rankings.

The University of Maryland was named the top “up-and-comer” followed by Arizona State University.

U.S. News complies the rankings by asking experts who respond to their annual peer assessment survey to identify institutions that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.

Overall, UCF was ranked the 99th in public universities.