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Florida Tech Earns High Marks in Inaugural Wall Street Journal Ranking

Survey with Times Higher Education
Highlights Smaller Classes, Alumni Earning    

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is among the top 20 percent of colleges and universities in the United States, according to a new ranking released this week from The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education that examined learning environment, alumni earning power and more than 100,000 survey responses from students to develop the comprehensive list.

The Melbourne-based technical university was among the best in its home state, as well, ranking as the No. 2 university in Florida for graduate salary, No. 2 for school resources, and the No. 2 private university overall in the Sunshine State.

Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education, told the Journal that the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking “is driven entirely by what matters most to students and families,” and is unique in giving students a voice in shaping the results. “The survey gets to the heart of what good teaching really is and how much a university is capable of stimulating and engaging students.”

Beyond its strong overall position among the more than 1,000 colleges and universities included in the ranking, Florida Tech excelled in key individual categories.

The Melbourne-based university’s 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio was tied for fifth best in the country and earned the top spot among the 25 Florida-based schools in the ranking.

“Student success that lasts a lifetime, research for the benefit of all humankind, and instilling global citizenship – these are the cornerstones of a Florida Tech education,” said Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay. “We know how much these strengths mean to our students and their families, and to have them contribute to our national prestige in a respected ranking such as this one only reinforces our commitment to keep building on this success.”

The ranking is based on 15 factors across four categories: Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including how they fare after leaving campus, 30 percent from the school’s resources, 20 percent from how well it engages its students, and 10 percent from the learning environment, or diversity.

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Release updated June 21, 2017.

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