2022 best colleges in Florida best-colleges

While Florida Universities have a well-earned reputation as party campuses, that does not detract from their value. As a matter of fact, we've got University of Florida as our fourth highest-rated university, thanks to its affordability and much higher than average median earnings amongst graduates. And don't sleep on the other large universities either. Florida residents are lucky to have such excellent universities at their doorstep, and out of staters needn't sacrifice their future prospects for Florida fun and sun. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Florida

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Admission rate: 32%

Grad rate: 88%

Net cost: $6,302

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $64,463

Vs. state average: + $19,742

Economic score: 0.45

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#2 in Florida

University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, Florida

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: $7,492

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $64,463

Vs. state average: + $19,742

Economic score: 0.64

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#3 in Florida

Florida International University

Miami, Florida

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $7,296

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $54,501

Vs. state average: + $9,780

Economic score: 0.91

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#4 in Florida

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Admission rate: 33%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $9,789

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $53,449

Vs. state average: + $8,728

Economic score: 1.12

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#5 in Florida

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

Admission rate: 50%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $8,355

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $50,262

Vs. state average: + $5,541

Economic score: 1.18

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#6 in Florida

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

Admission rate: 46%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $10,274

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $51,912

Vs. state average: + $7,191

Economic score: 1.40

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#7 in Florida

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $9,606

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $49,338

Vs. state average: + $4,617

Economic score: 1.48

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#8 in Florida

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $10,186

Payback: 1.7 Years

Earnings: $50,478

Vs. state average: + $5,757

Economic score: 1.51

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#9 in Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $34,296

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $77,768

Vs. state average: + $33,047

Economic score: 1.65

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#10 in Florida

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $7,406

Payback: 1.7 Years

Earnings: $43,063

Vs. state average: - $1,658

Economic score: 1.78

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#11 in Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $11,606

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $49,984

Vs. state average: + $5,263

Economic score: 1.79

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#12 in Florida

New College of Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $8,516

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $43,994

Vs. state average: - $727

Economic score: 2.08

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#13 in Florida

AdventHealth University

Orlando, Florida

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $18,229

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $58,788

Vs. state average: + $14,067

Economic score: 2.24

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#14 in Florida

Barry University

Miami, Florida

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $17,994

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $53,436

Vs. state average: + $8,715

Economic score: 2.27

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#15 in Florida

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $31,097

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $63,704

Vs. state average: + $18,983

Economic score: 2.34

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#16 in Florida

St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, Florida

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $18,374

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $50,752

Vs. state average: + $6,031

Economic score: 2.52

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#17 in Florida

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Admission rate: 34%

Grad rate: 82%

Net cost: $46,949

Payback: 4.4 Years

Earnings: $67,362

Vs. state average: + $22,641

Economic score: 2.91

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#18 in Florida

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $24,084

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $52,409

Vs. state average: + $7,688

Economic score: 2.94

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#19 in Florida

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $30,990

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $55,040

Vs. state average: + $10,319

Economic score: 3.29

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#20 in Florida

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $29,806

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $53,363

Vs. state average: + $8,642

Economic score: 3.35

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