Melbourne, FL — Florida Institute of Technology has been recognized as a top tier National University by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth straight year. In the just-released 2014 edition, the university was named a Tier 1 Best National University. U.S. News assesses more than 1,500 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities in its annual study. Florida Tech was again listed as the second-highest ranked private National University in Florida, behind only the University of Miami. Lesser rankings in the report include Tier 2 and unranked schools.
The 55-year-old Melbourne-based Florida Tech is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research Intensive university, which distinguishes it from institutions that only offer degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s level.
Florida Tech President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese said the university’s focus on student success is its continuing hallmark. "Florida Tech is a world-class institution, and we’re proud of all our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Catanese. “This academic year marks our 55th anniversary, and earning these latest U.S. News accolades is a fitting way to help us celebrate.”
Also significant in the rankings, Florida Tech was recognized as the #2 National University in the country for fostering international student experiences, behind only New School in New York. U.S. News states: “In a global culture, befriending and learning to collaborate with students from other countries can be rewarding personally and professionally.” Further, the university was again named among the nation’s best “A-Plus Schools for B Students.”
Meanwhile, Florida Tech continues to earn additional recognition for expansion as well as educational value. Last year the university was named one of the fastest-growing in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education, whilePayScale.com ranked Florida Tech graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities, and listed Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South—both public and private. Annually recognized as one of "America’s “Top Colleges" by Forbes, Florida Tech is also honored by The Princeton Review and recommended as a “Best in the Southeast” university.
The exclusive U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.
Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university has been named a Barron's Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, and designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.