The ranking is based on statistical analysis, comparison of student-faculty ratio, student retention, test scores, and other critical factors. First released in 2009, StateUniversity.com’s rankings were designed to compare raw statistical data, without peer ratings or subjective adjustment. They are based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the higher-education institutions themselves.
In the site’s assessment, the No. 1 ranking notes Rollins’ academic rigor, pointing to accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the American Chemical Society as standout credentials.
In addition to the No. 1 college in Florida, Rollins was also ranked within the top 100 institutions nationwide, landing two spots higher than Johns Hopkins University.
Rounding out the top 5 list of Florida’s colleges and universities were University of Miami, No. 2; University of Florida, No. 3; Florida State University, No. 4; and Eckerd College, No. 5.
Nationwide, the California Institute of Technology captured the No. 1 spot, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Williams College and University of Notre Dame.
This article has been slightly edited from the original version appearing on the Rollins College website.