MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology has been recognized as a top tier National University by U.S. News & World Report for the second straight year. In the just-released 2012 edition, the university was named a Tier 1 Best National University, among just 280 colleges and universities. U.S. News assesses more than 1,500 institutions 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 53-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 Anthony J. Catanese said the university is continuing on a path to international prominence.
"A university is about people—and Florida Tech has outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Catanese. “This accolade simply recognizes the emphasis that Florida Tech places on student success. When you consistently foster bright futures for hardworking students, anything can be accomplished.”
This fall, Florida Tech has achieved a number of other honors. Forbes again listed the university among America’s Top Colleges in its recently published 2011 rankings, and the 2011-2012 College Salary Report published by PayScale.com ranked Florida Tech graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities. Further, the report listed Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South—both public and private. Florida Tech grads reported salaries similar to graduates of Duke, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Georgetown.
The exclusive U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. Over the past two decades, the 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.