MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology was recently ranked No. 11 of the 20 fastest-growing U.S. colleges in The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac 2017. The ranking is based on 2005-2015 enrollment data collected from private nonprofit doctoral institutions. Included on the new list alongside Florida Tech are Georgetown University, Rice University and Carnegie Mellon University.
The listing notes that Florida Tech had a fall 2005 enrollment of 4,745 and a fall 2015 enrollment of 6,631, a 39.8 percent increase. That rate outpaced Georgetown’s growth of 35.2 percent, Rice’s growth of 31.9 percent and Carnegie Mellon’s growth of 29.4 percent. The data is based on the number of full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at the Melbourne campus as well as at extended studies locations.
“This growth was achieved as Florida Tech attracted larger numbers of students to signature programs, like those found in our College of Engineering and Computing,” said President Dwayne McCay. “Our focus on student success, coupled with some outstanding learning opportunities, creates a very attractive environment in which students can fulfill their educational aspirations. It’s an environment that compares well with the best in the country.”
Other accolades recently earned are reinforcing that reality. In 2016, Florida Tech joined an elite group of U.S. and international universities, including Caltech, on a Times Higher Education list of the world’s 20 best small universities. Meanwhile, earlier this year, Forbes magazine rated Florida Tech the top private university in Florida and among the highest-ranked private institutions in the country for the low amount of federal loan debt accrued by its students.
Additional details on The Chronicle of Higher Education listing may be found here: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Fastest-Growing-Colleges/240557.