University of Florida Named Among 5-Star Colleges in Money List

Money’s latest ranking awards stars instead of rankings. One Florida school scored 5 stars.
Century Tower at the University of Florida
Century Tower stands tall over the campus at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Unsplash

Money has released its list of the Best Colleges in 2023, and one Florida school has made the list of top schools.

Now in its 9th year, Money’s Best Colleges includes an analysis of 736 choices for applicants looking for the best school for its value. New this year is a complete overhaul of how the list is presented. Instead of a numerical ranking, Money’s Best Colleges presents itself in a 2.5-star to — 5-star rating, giving users a more useful consumer tool. The new rating system is based on the philosophy that there is not one, singular best college for every student. Instead, there’s a variety of outstanding, high-value colleges across the country.

The University of Florida was the only five-star school in the state on this list.

Florida State, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Florida International each received four and a half stars.

“With Money’s new Best Colleges list, readers will have the opportunity to evaluate schools with more context and avoid being distracted by where something falls compared to hundreds of other schools,” says executive editor Mike Ayers. “We hope this will help those looking to make an educated choice around one of the most important financial decisions of their lifetime.”

Money’s 2023 Five-Star Best Colleges are as follows:

  • Amherst College
  • Berea College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

With a focus on above-average graduation rates, Money scored more than 700 colleges in three areas: quality, affordability and future earning potential. These data points take into account important factors like the net price of a degree, loan repayment rates, median earnings and four “value add” calculations measuring a school’s actual performance against its predicted performance based on its student body.

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