Which Florida college offers best value? Hint: Not UF or FSU

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Florida colleges posted a less-than-stellar performance in the 2016 PayScale College ROI Report. No Florida university cracked the top 50, and no state school ranked better than 179th.

With Americans saddled with $1 trillion in student debt, the value of a diploma is facing scrutiny. For its latest report card, PayScale compared college costs to return on investment (measured by comparing tuition and other costs to 20 years of earnings after graduation). Reflecting the value of STEM degrees, Caltech and MIT ranked first and second.

The top-ranked school in the Sunshine State — and 53rd overall — was Florida Tech, which like Caltech and MIT is a private university focused on engineering and math. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach was second among Florida schools, followed by UF, which ranked 179th nationally.

Among Palm Beach County universities, Florida Atlantic University was 627th and Palm Beach Atlantic University was 1,181st. Explore the data for some of Florida’s schools here:

To see PayScale’s full ranking of Florida schools — including UCF and FSU — click here.

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