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Here Are The Florida Universities Ranked By Most Successful Graduates

There are myriad ways Florida could judge the performance of its 11 state universities. This year, the Board of Governors focused on how each of the schools prepares graduates for the workforce, divvying up an extra $20 million in “performance funding” based on scores in three criteria: graduates’ employment, wages, and cost to educate. The grading isn’t without controversy, including that the data only tracks students employed in the state of Florida after graduation.

“We’re 11 miles from Alabama,” University of West Florida president Judy Bense told WUSF. “Thirty percent of our students are military related. That means we’re educating a great number of our students who can’t stay in Florida, and they’re getting good degrees and it’s helping their careers.”

Research universities like the University of Florida will also see their costs scores penalized because they are focused on STEM programs — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — that cost more to produce than other degree tracks.

Officials say they’re aware of the scoring issues, and will work to refine how schools are measured in order to take each one’s mission into account. In the meantime, check out which of our state universities tested best in 2013 and how much their bonus checks are worth.

Are you surprised by the results?

1. University of Central Florida (Tie)

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,428

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $20,281

Total score: 6

Performance bonus awarded: $2,608,696


1. University of South Florida (Tie)

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,466

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $23,276

Total score: 6

Performance bonus awarded: $2,608,696


2. Florida Gulf Coast University

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 70 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $32,996

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $29,792

Total score: 5

Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913


3. Florida International University

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 68 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $35,264 (tops in the state)

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $26,791

Total score: 5

Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913


4. Florida State University

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $30,396

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $24,902

Total score: 5

Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913


5. University of North Florida

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 71 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,264

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $28,562

Total score: 5

Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913


6. Florida Atlantic University

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $34,808

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $33,117

Total score: 4

Performance bonus awarded: $1,739,130


7. University of Florida

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $32,176

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $25,028

Total score: 4

Performance bonus awarded: $1,739,130


8. University of West Florida

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 60 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $30,688

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $30,679

Total score: 3

Performance bonus awarded: $1,304,348


9. Florida A&M University

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $28,864

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $37,071

Total score: 2

Performance bonus awarded: $869,565


10. New College of Florida

Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 49 percent

Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $22,366

Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $74,832

Total score: 1

Performance bonus awarded: $434,783


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