Both Small and Large Florida Colleges and Universities Mentioned in a List of the Best Colleges of 2022-2023

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Where one chooses to go to college can be an important decision. This vital choice may dictate where a student lives for the next four years, with whom they spend their time, their future earning capacity and debt ratio, and how they might make a living in the future. Many students and families will look to rankings to determine which colleges are "best" and then attempt to apply to the highest quality schools to which school the student may be admitted and can afford. Of course,different students will have different preferences about whether they prefer a large university or a small college.

Determining Which Colleges in Florida are Considered the "Best:" Since 1983, U.S. News and World Report have released annual rankings of what it considers the best colleges each year. Many colleges refer to this report in their promotional materials.

What Were the Criteria?: The publication looks at many factors to make their determination, such as graduation and retention rates, academic reputation, facility resources, student selectivity, and graduate indebtedness, to name just a few factors.

How Did Florida Fare?: Because the ranking system had categories for national, regional, and public universities, many Florida schools ranked - both large and small.

Florida had one university in the top 30, 2 in the top 60, and one in the top 100 in the national rankings.

They were:

The University of Florida at number 29 (UF also ranked 5th in the category of public research universities in the nation.)

Florida State University at number 55

The University of Miami at number 55 (tie), and

The University of South Florida at number 97.

Florida also had more colleges and universities that broke the top 300. They were:

The University of Central Florida at 137

Florida International University at 151

Florida A&M University at 202

Florida Institute of Technology at 202 (tie)

Keiser University at 219

Nova Southeastern University at 219 (tie)

Florida Atlantic University at 263

The University of North Florida at 263 (tie)

Regional Rankings for the South: The rankings above were for national rankings for colleges and universities (including private institutions) scattered throughout the country. Florida also ranked well in the category of regional colleges in the south. The colleges and universities that placed in the top 50 in that category were:

Rollins College at 1

Flagler College at 2

Florida Polytechnic University at 3

Stetson University at 5

Florida Southern College at 8

Beacon College at 10

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- Daytona Beach at 13

The University of Tampa at 21

Baptist College at 24

The University of West Florida at 26

Florida National University at 34

Jacksonville University at 34 (tie)

Florida Memorial University at 45

Lynn University at 49

The Top 10 on the National Level: While viewing the Florida rankings may be illuminating for many Floridians, it's always interesting to see how other colleges and universities outside of Florida ranked. Here are the top 10 U.S. News and World Reports' best colleges of 2022-2023.

  1. Princeton University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Harvard University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Yale University
  6. The University of Chicago
  7. Johns Hopkins University
  8. The University of Pennsylvania
  9. California Institute of Technology
  10. Duke University
  11. Northwestern University (tie)

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