If you’re reading the latest edition of Forbes magazine and looking for where Florida’s schools rank on its list of the nation’s top colleges and universities, you may have to turn a few more pages before you find any of the Sunshine State’s institutions of higher education.
The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.
The University of Florida comes in at #80 on Forbes list of America’s best undergraduate institutions. New College, the small liberal arts school in Sarasota is on the list at #189. Florida State cracks the top 200 at #193.
From there, it’s a big drop-off before another Florida school can be found on the list.
The University of North Florida is the four hundred twenty-seventh best university in the country, ahead of the University of South Florida (#449) and the University of Central Florida (#462).