Academic Excellence Fuels FSU’s Recognition as Top 20 Public Universities
“Our peers realize that Florida State University is a place in serious motion—eager to become a member of the AAU, eager to double our research spending—and striving for excellence and high levels of success,” Clark said. “As our national reputation grows in this positive way, prospective teachers are taking notice, students across the country are seeing it, and high school counselors are putting us on their list of great universities students should consider. All of this lends itself to letting the world see Florida State University for the amazing place it is.
Florida State continued to shine in several key metrics considered in the publication’s methodology, including faculty resources, student selectivity, and alumni donations. FSU moved up two places to No. 4 among public universities in the faculty resources measure, which takes into account the percentage of full-time faculty, the percentage of faculty with a terminal degree, the size of classes, faculty salaries and student-faculty ratio.
Notably, Florida State improved to 23rd among audiences in US News’ Graduate Debt Rankings, which measures average federal graduate debt and the percentage of graduates who have taken out federal loans. The two-year average of graduate debt fell by $912 from the previous period, while the percentage of graduates who took out federal loans fell from 43% to 38%.
“Florida State University’s recognition among the top 20 public universities is the result of the unwavering commitment of our faculty, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly to firmly establish us as one of the top institutions from the country.”
— Jim Clark, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
U.S. News also recognized the university for providing top-quality education at an affordable price, ranking FSU the 8th top performing public university in the nation and the highest among Florida state universities.
“People talk about affordability and access to higher education all the time, but we actually deliver,” McCullough said. “Our tuition is among the lowest in the country, and we work very hard at the individual student level to provide scholarships rather than requiring students to take out loans.”
FSU is tied with University of Maryland-College Park, University of Washington, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick on the list of top public institutions. In the ranking of all national universities, which includes private institutions, FSU shares 55th place with Pepperdine University, Santa Clara University and the University of Miami.
The US News Best Colleges guide also included rankings of undergraduate business and nursing programs, which were based solely on peer reviews.
The College of Business’ Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Risk Management and Insurance Program ranked #3 among all schools, and the Real Estate program maintained its #5 ranking among schools public. The college also ranked No. 20 among public schools in marketing, while accounting moved up three places to 21st.
“We continue to position ourselves well in extremely competitive areas,” said Michael Hartline, dean of the College of Business. “We anticipate even greater achievements and look forward to the increased visibility that our new demonstration facility will provide.”
Next month, the College of Business will open Legacy Hall, its new $120 million home, which will be FSU’s largest academic space yet and part of the university’s developing southeast gateway to the campus.
Florida State’s undergraduate nursing program climbed 29 places to No. 67 overall and 23 places to No. 48 among public universities, which can be attributed to the university’s investments in the program. The College of Nursing recently expanded its undergraduate enrollment to help meet the demand for highly qualified nurses in Florida.
“We are thrilled to see our undergraduate program making rapid progress in the national rankings,” said Jing Wang, dean of the College of Nursing. “This is a testament to the tireless work of our students, faculty and staff and the culture of excellence we have built together. It’s an incredible honor for our college, and I’m confident we’ll continue to climb higher in the future.
US News & World Report’s National Universities category includes 443 institutions (227 public, 211 private, and five for-profit) according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The publication determines its national university rankings based on these factors: graduation and retention rates (22%); undergraduate academic reputation, ie peer review (20%); faculty resources (20 percent); financial resources per student (10%); graduation rate performance (8%); student selectivity (7%); social mobility (5%); graduate debt (5%); and donations from alumni (3%).