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Florida ranks best state in the nation for higher education, report says

Posted at 11:23 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 11:23:47-04

The state of Florida ranks first in the nation for higher education, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The main factors used in the report were 2-year college graduation rate, 4-year college graduation rate, low debt at graduation, educational attainment and tuition and fees.

Florida is home to three of the nation's top 100 colleges, the website says.

The Sunshine State was also in the top 10 for 4-year college graduation rate and low debt at graduation, while ranking #2 in both 2-year college graduation rate and tuition and fees.

Governor DeSantis touted the state's ranking in a press release issued Tuesday morning.

“It is no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has again named Florida the top state in the nation for higher education,” said Governor DeSantis. “Our state colleges and universities have prioritized affordability and pathways for career and life and, as a result, they are transforming our state. I look forward to celebrating continued success as we build on this positive momentum.”

This is the third year in a row Florida’s higher education system has earned the top ranking from U.S. News and World Report.