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October 9, 2015

FLORIDA Perception vs. Reality

Education in Florida is undersold

Florida's gains in K-12 education are underappreciated. The higher-ed system is improving in places but still spotty overall.


0 — Florida state universities ranked among the top 10 public universities by U.S. News. Four ranked among the top 100.

No. 19 University of Florida

No. 46 Florida State University

No. 97 University of Central Florida

No. 100 University of South Florida



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65% — Percentage of undergraduates at Florida universities who finish their degrees in six years vs. the national average of 55%

7th — Florida's rank for the number of master's degrees awarded

6th — Florida's rank in doctoral degrees

No. 2 — Florida excels at producing associate's degrees, awarding the second-highest number of those degrees in the nation.

45th — Despite increases, Florida has the lowest tuition of all but five states and the District of Columbia.

Debt: Florida has the seventh-highest student loan default rate in the nation at 10.5% for 2009, higher than the national average of 8.8%.

A sampling of tuitions (2011-12, in-state):

» University of South Carolina: $10,168

» University of North Dakota: $7,092

» UNC-Chapel Hill: $7,008

» University of Mississippi: $5,790

» University of Florida: $5,656

» University of Central Florida: $5,584

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