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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Florida has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in FL, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Florida.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Florida:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Florida has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 80 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Florida that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Florida.’
Location: Daytona Beach
Location: Daytona Beach
Location: Saint Augustine
Location: Lake Wales
If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Florida, but the entire country.
Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Florida by their employment rates 10 years after college.
|1||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide||92.03%|
|2||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||92.03%|
|3||Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||91.07%|
|5||Florida State University||90.52%|
|6||Florida Southern College||90.41%|
|7||Flagler College-St Augustine||90.4%|
|10||University of Florida||90.11%|
|11||University of Central Florida||90.11%|
|12||Florida Institute of Technology||89.8%|
|13||Florida Institute of Technology-Online||89.8%|
|14||Johnson & Wales University-North Miami||89.68%|
|15||University of Miami||89.38%|
|17||The University of Tampa||88.99%|
|18||University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee||88.8%|
|19||University of South Florida-Main Campus||88.8%|
|20||University of South Florida-St Petersburg||88.8%|
|21||Florida International University||88.25%|
|22||University of North Florida||88.1%|
|23||Florida Gulf Coast University||88.05%|
|26||Florida Atlantic University||87.7%|
|27||Webber International University||87.2%|
|28||St Thomas University||86.99%|
|30||Trinity International University-Florida||86.65%|
|31||Florida Memorial University||86.52%|
|32||Nova Southeastern University||86.4%|
|33||The University of West Florida||86.33%|
|35||Ringling College of Art and Design||85.84%|
|38||Palm Beach Atlantic University||85.38%|
|39||Polk State College||84.76%|
|41||Florida SouthWestern State College||84.52%|
|43||Saint Leo University||84.33%|
|44||Palm Beach State College||84.25%|
|45||Santa Fe College||84.15%|
|49||Edward Waters College||83.58%|
|50||Seminole State College of Florida||83.45%|
|52||Miami Dade College||83.34%|
|53||Remington College-Heathrow Campus||82.91%|
|54||Trinity Baptist College||82.8%|
|55||Florida Gateway College||82.61%|
|56||College of Central Florida||82.35%|
|57||Florida State College at Jacksonville||82.14%|
|58||Northwest Florida State College||81.77%|
|59||Carlos Albizu University-Miami||81.03%|
|60||State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota||80.85%|
|61||Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale||80.75%|
|62||St Petersburg College||80.5%|
|63||Saint Johns River State College||80.42%|
|64||Gulf Coast State College||80.25%|
|65||Indian River State College||80.21%|
|66||Lake-Sumter State College||80.19%|
|67||Eastern Florida State College||79.78%|
|68||Pensacola State College||79.37%|
|69||City College-Fort Lauderdale||78.92%|
|72||Everest University-South Orlando||78.72%|
|73||Daytona State College||78.57%|
|74||South Florida State College||78.4%|
|75||The Baptist College of Florida||77.88%|
|76||Everest University-Orange Park||75.64%|
|78||Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami||75.08%|
|79||Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando||75.08%|
|80||Talmudic College of Florida||67.07%|
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