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U.S. News & World Report: Florida Tech a Tier 1 University, First for International Diversity

Magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” Rankings Highlight Growing Prominence

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is home to the most internationally diverse undergraduate student body in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” rankings.

The top spot for international diversity was one of several high marks Florida Tech earned in the magazine’s influential listings, released Wednesday.

For the sixth consecutive year, Florida Tech was named a Tier 1 Best National University as one of the top 200 four-year colleges and universities in the country among the nearly 1,400 ranked by U.S. News.

“By participating in significant research and collaborating with world-renowned professors, Florida Tech students from many nations are learning how to succeed in a global environment,” said Florida Tech President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese. “We have long believed in the importance of reflecting the broader world around us and we appreciate U.S. News & World Report for recognizing the value this diversity plays in fostering a world-class educational experience.”

Florida Tech was again listed as the second-highest ranked private National University in Florida, behind only the University of Miami.

Florida Tech had students from 119 countries in the 2014-15 academic year, and the presence of such diversity inspires unique initiatives on campus. The International Dinner Series, for example, presents foods, music, educational information and more from countries and regions around the world. And the annual Football 101 program introduces American football to international students.

U.S. News also found the school’s online bachelor degree programs were among the best, ranking them in the top 40 among nearly 300 schools surveyed. Florida Tech also was recognized in the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans” category, a testament to its strength in online programs overall as well as its certification for the GI Bill and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The latest U.S. News rankings highlight Florida Tech’s continued commitment to educational excellence. Already the university was among the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015. Those rankings, powered by Thomson Reuters, acknowledge the best universities across the globe, and Florida Tech was recognized as an international leader in research.

The exclusive U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. The annual listings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

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