Florida colleges occupied four of the top 15 spots in a national ranking of public institutions that granted the most degrees during the 2014-15 school year.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently analyzed U.S. Department of Education data on the number of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees awarded by four-year institutions in three different sectors, including public, private nonprofit and for-profit institutions.

The University of Central Florida topped the list for public institutions with a total of 15,755 degrees awarded in 2014-15. Other Florida institutions in the top 15 include the University of Florida (#4, 14,330 degrees), Florida International University (#13, 12,225 degrees), and the University of South Florida (#15, 11,688 degrees).

The state of Florida had four public universities in the top 15, more than any other state in the nation. Texas was the only other state that had more than one school in the Top 15: Texas A&M (#3) granted 14,362 degrees, while the University of Texas (#5) awarded 14,070.

The Chronicle also provided a top 15 for private nonprofit institutions and for-profit institutions. Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale ranked #15 for degrees awarded at nonprofits (6,735 degrees), with Full Sail University in Winter Park ranking #13 for degrees awarded at for-profit institutions.

Visit the Chronicle of Higher Education for the full list of top degree granting, four-year institutions in the country (subscription required).


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