Forbes Best College List Is Some Serious Bullshit: University of Miami Ranks #479
Also-ran news mag US News & World Report is such a money and publicity maker that it's no surprise other publications would try to move in on its game.
61 New College of Florida
186 University of Florida
219 Florida State University
264 Eckerd College
299 Florida Southern College
307 Rollins College
319 Stetson University
416 University of North Florida
445 University of South Florida
447 Florida Atlantic University
475 University of Central Florida
479 University of Miami
500 Florida International University
580 Florida Institute of Technology
581 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
What? This goes against the general consensus in Florida higher education: UF is the best public, and UM is the best private. We'll try to make sense of it after the jump.
Forbes treats Liberal Arts Colleges like "real" schools, while they get their own list from US News. So mixing the two together is sure to bring a bit of a shakeup to the rankings, but Forbes' methodology seems to be a bit biased to Liberal Arts schools. Florida's public liberal arts school, New College, is the highest ranking in the state by far. No offense, but if I wanted to do drugs and hang out with "interesting people" in Sarasota, I'd join the circus. Just kidding, mostly.
1. Listings of Alumni in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in America (12.5%)
2. Salaries of Alumni from PayScale.com (12.5%)
3. Student Evaluations from Ratemyprofessors.com (25%)
4. Four-Year Graduation Rates (16.66%)
5. Students Receiving Nationally Competitive Awards (8.33%)
6. Faculty Receiving Awards for Scholarship and Creative Pursuits (5%)
7. Four-year Debt Load for Typical Student Borrowers (20%)
Apparently neither the quality of students nor campus life matters.
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