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Report: Florida ranks #1 in higher education for third consecutive year

Governor DeSantis announces U.S. News and World Report Ranks
Posted: 11:07 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 17:42:01-04
Florida Education

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — U.S. News & World Report has named Florida the top state in the country for higher education for the third year in a row.

According to a press release, metrics considered by U.S. News & World Report include the share of Floridians holding college degrees, the time it takes students to complete both two and four-year college programs, the cost of in-state tuition and fees, and the burden of debt that college graduates carry.

It is no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has again named Florida the top state in the nation for higher education,” said Governor DeSantis. “Our state colleges and universities have prioritized affordability and pathways for career and life and, as a result, they are transforming our state. I look forward to celebrating continued success as we build on this positive momentum.”

In addition, officials say the State University System recently announced a 9.5 percent five-year increase in graduation rates as well as a 31 percent year-over-year drop in the cost-to-the-student for a bachelor’s degree.

“Our 12 public universities are all extremely focused on student success, increasing quality, and driving down cost,” said Ned Lautenbach, chair of the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. “They also work closely with the Florida College System to make sure students experience a seamless transition when moving from a college to university level.”

To see U.S. News and World Report’s Higher Education Rankings, click here.