For those who love higher education rankings, the last week has been a bonanza.
The lists suggest Florida has room for improvement in certain areas — unless you’re looking for a party school that doles out an easy curriculum.
First, we look at Forbes’ annual list of America’s 650 Top Colleges. These rankings focus on quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low levels of debt.
The list includes private and public institutions, and Florida has just one entry in the top 100.
Here are the Florida schools that made the list and their rankings, according to Forbes:
80. University of Florida
132. University of Miami
189. New College of Florida
193. Florida State University
207. Rollins College
266. Eckerd College
427. University of North Florida
449. University of South Florida
453. Florida Institute of Technology
455. Florida Southern College
462. University of Central Florida
465. University of Tampa
490. Florida Atlantic University
520. Florida International University
539. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
550. Lynn University
585. Barry University
603. University of West Florida
604. Nova Southeastern University
629. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
When it comes to Least Rigorous Schools, Florida has three entries in the top 5.
The list from Newsweek considers student workload and student-to-faculty ratio. It also weighs the median SAT and ACT scores of students.
The report says “these are the colleges where accepted students find the workload easiest when normalized by the aptitude of the student body.”
Florida institutions considered the least rigorous and their ranking:
1. University of Central Florida
2. Florida State University
4. University of South Florida
14. Florida Atlantic University
21. University of Florida
No Florida schools made the “most rigorous” list. But one did make the Most Beautiful list.
Rollins College came in at number 13 based on “the attractiveness of guys and girls on campus, as well as the campus and architectural aesthetics.” The beautiful list also considers the amount of sunshine and humidity.
Finally, Newsweek released its list of Top Party Schools.
Florida had three schools in the top 25: University of Florida, Florida State University, and Rollins College.
The report “considered the number of on-campus arrests and per-student disciplinary actions for drugs and alcohol…Bonus points were given to campuses that landed on Princeton Review’s most recent rating of the top party schools and top beer-drinking campuses.”