Every year since 2016, the Wall Street Journal ranks the best colleges in the U.S. Their rankings are based on several factors including student experience, social mobility and salary impact vs. similar colleges.
Several Florida universities made the list, which was released Wednesday, and they were rated pretty highly — with the University of Florida at #1 of public institutions. After all, it is no secret that Florida is home to some of the best universities.
“The University of Florida dared to be audacious, and we’ve succeeded – for our students and for our state,” said UF Board of Trustees Chair Mori Hosseini. “The people of the great state of Florida can take great pride in knowing that their tax dollars are well spent at the University of Florida. The best is yet to come.”
Miami’s own Florida International University earned the fourth spot in terms of public universities, and the 29th overall, out of 400 public and private universities. FIU also ranked in the top 10 for both social mobility and student experience categories, according to a release.
“FIU is a great return on investment and this ranking is the latest indication that FIU is providing an excellent university experience, in and out of the classroom, that supports student success,” said FIU President Kenneth A. Jessell.
Here’s how universities in the Sunshine State did on WSJ’s list:
According to WSJ and College Pulse, who worked in collaboration with Statista this year, the University of Florida is the #1 public university and #15 overall university in the United States.
As the next major Florida school after UF, Florida International University came in as the #4 public university and #29 overall university.
The University of Miami was also well represented in the top 100, ranking at #90 overall, while Florida State University ranked at #102.
See the rest of the rankings here.