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Two new rankings give top spots to USFSP

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September

It’s rankings season, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has two new reasons to celebrate.

USFSP placed No. 1 in Florida and No. 14 in the nation among top environmental science schools, according to rankings published by EnvironmentalScience.org.

And USFSP’s MBA program nabbed a No. 3 position in the state on CollegeChoice.net, right behind the University of Florida and the University of Miami.

Rankings, as many have written, are not always the best bellwether of a school’s merit. Often, they’re quite subjective. Here are the methodologies for these two surveys:

The environmental schools rankings pulled together public and private four-year schools with more than 1,000 students. Evaluated were published surveys, student data, and “other school and career data sources.” Some factors included location, commitment to environmental causes, teaching methods and research.

Here’s the key: Schools were sorted in order of the highest percentage of students graduating with an environmental science degree.

Pomona College, a liberal arts school in Claremont, CA, came out on top. The top 10 is full of similarly small colleges: Pitzer, Allegheny, Juniata and Bard colleges, to name a few.

For the MBA program ranking, College Choice (an independent website) compiled a score by looking at academic reputation, cost, student satisfaction and earning potential early in a graduate’s career. The site used public sources and school websites.

“These rankings can be particularly useful to parents and high school students as they consider colleges,” Martin Tadlock, USFSP’s regional vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, said in a statement.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:30pm]

    

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