October 18, 2021

Florida home to 9 of top 50 colleges in South, according to new study

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A new WalletHub study examining the quality of colleges and universities in the United States showed almost 20 percent of the best colleges in the South are in Florida.

Regional rankings produced in the WalletHub study said the best school in Florida is the University of Florida, home to the Gators. It’s ranked at No. 5, just one rank below the Georgia Institute of Technology for the 2022 academic year.

Nationally, the University of Florida is listed at No. 22, coming ahead of Hamilton College in New York and just below Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

The study ranked colleges through a score based on a combination of admission rate, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, percentage of international students, safety, amount of student loan debt, rate of student loan default, return on educational investment and post-grad median salaries.