Florida Tech a Standout in the Sunshine State, New Ranking Finds

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Survey Looked at Nearly 800 Schools

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech’s position as one of the best universities in the Sunshine State and an elite institution nationwide was affirmed in the 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

Released in mid-September, the annual ranking had Florida Tech tied for No. 2 among the 12 private Florida universities on the list and tied for No. 4 among all 22 Florida schools included.

Among Florida private schools, Florida Tech was No. 2 in several subject categories, including engineering, mathematics and statistics and psychology.

Within the South region, Florida Tech was No. 58 out of 208 institutions.

Nationally, Florida Tech was in the top third of the 797 schools ranked, excelling in particular in the survey’s “learning environment” pillar, which measure school environments based on factors including the percentage of Pell Grant recipients, racial and ethnic diversity of students and staff, and the proportion of students who come from abroad.

Overall, the Wall Street Journal said in announcing the results, “schools that fare the best on this list have graduates who generally are satisfied with their educational experience and land relatively high-paying jobs that can help them pay down student loans.”

The WSJ/THE rankings are based on 15 factors across four main categories: student outcomes, including graduates’ salaries and debt (represents 40 percent of each school’s overall score);  academic resources, including how much the college spends on teaching (30 percent); student engagement, including whether students feel prepared to use their education in the real world (20 percent), and the learning environment, including the diversity of the student body and academic staff (10 percent).

“The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking is a ranking of universities and colleges designed to put graduate success and student learning at its heart,” Times Higher Education said.

More information on the ranking is available at the THE website here.

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