For the second year in a row, Florida Institute of Technology has been named one of the 50 Most Entrepreneurial Research Universities in the United States by Forbes magazine.
Florida Tech was one of only two Florida universities to make the prestigious list, which is based on the number of alumni and students who identify themselves as business owners and founders on the professional networking site LinkedIn.
The Melbourne, Florida-based university offers an array of programs for budding entrepreneurs and startup firms, including through the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business.
Working professionals also can choose from among dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs offered 100% online, including 11 Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.
The Forbes ranking is the latest accolade for Florida Tech, which has been consistently named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. In July 2015, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) placed Florida Institute of Technology in the top 3% of more than 25,000 universities and colleges globally.
The CWUR ranking is based on several criteria, including the quality of education and faculty, and the number of alumni serving as CEOs of top companies.
Among its other recognitions, Florida Tech was named by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200 universities worldwide, and by the Brookings Institution as the top university in Florida and among the top 100 nationwide in preparing graduates for high-paying careers.
The report from Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program used data from private and government sources to compare more than 7,000 two- and four-year schools.
The annual Forbes ranking, which was published in July 2015, listed the top five Most Entrepreneurial Research Universities as: Stanford University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; and University of California, Los Angeles.