May 20, 2024
Crossing the Finish Line

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Computer and Information Science and Registered Nursing are among the top two higher-paying majors at Florida colleges.

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Crossing the Finish Line

Graduation season is in full swing, with 71,230 undergrads and 26,503 graduate students expected to earn their degrees from Florida's 12 state universities.

Mike Vogel | 5/7/2024

As many graduates enter the workforce for the first time, here’s a look at their earning potential and a few other metrics:

Return on Investment

  • 70% For 2020-21, the share of grads with a bachelor’s either earning at least $40,000 annually one year after graduation or continuing their studies
  • $45,500 Median salary
  • $54,800 Highest median salary (Florida Polytechnic University grads)
  • $34,900 Lowest median salary (New College grads)

Higher-paying Majors

  • $74,800 Computer and Information Sciences
  • $72,100 Registered Nursing
  • $66,100 Mechanical Engineering
  • $63,900 Civil Engineering
  • $55,400 Finance


  • 45,240 Number of first-year students
  • 277,483 Number of undergrads expected this fall across the 12 universities’ campuses

Key Indicators

  • 1st U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Florida state university system first for seven consecutive years.
  • 77% Share of resident undergrads loan-free in 2021-22. Florida’s state universities have the lowest tuition in the nation.
  • 63% Florida’s four-year graduation rate
  • 10 Percentage point improvement in the graduation rate in the last five years

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