New Ranking Shows FAMU Provides Affordable Education and Secure Jobs for Grads

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By: Lanetra Bennett
June 14, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - FAMU ranks near the top when it comes to graduates finding a job after school. Not just any job -- jobs that pay pretty good money.

That's what a new study says that ranks Florida colleges with the highest financial return.

Melanie Andrade is studying English and History at FAMU, then plans to go to law school.

She says a new report that ranks FAMU near the top for securing jobs for graduates makes her hopeful.

"Although, I had no doubt in my mind that I will find a job." She says.

The College Database says FAMU is number two on the ranking of public institutions that provide high-quality education at an affordable price, and number four overall.

Andrade says, "We're still getting things done here. FAMU is just not centered around hazing and the band. So, it's pretty cool to hear that despite all the odds, FAMU is still on the national map."

Salary is factored into the rankings.

The report says FAMU got its number four overall spot because graduates earn an average salary of $41,000 a year.

FAMU student Brianna McGregor says, "It is very encouraging to hear that a lot of students who graduated from here found jobs. I know a lot of people who have graduated from other schools who are still looking for jobs."

The number one school on the top ten list is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a starting salary of $55, 400 for graduates. The University of Florida is number three at $46,200 and FSU is ranked ten with an average $39,000 starting salary for graduates.

McGregor says, "That $41,000 does sound great. FAMU does have a great quality education. We have great professors here."

Andrade says, "We don't take our education for granted."

The list is based on schools with tuition less than $20,000 a year and an average starting salary for graduates of more than $30,000.

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New Ranking Shows FAMU Provides Affordable Education and Secure Jobs for Grads

FAMU ranked No. 2 public institution

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been recognized by The College Database for providing high-quality education at an affordable price with graduates earning an average salary of $41,000. FAMU was ranked No. 4 overall on the list, and is No. 2 on the ranking of public institutions.

The College Database released its list of the top Florida colleges with the highest financial return on investment. The 10 schools on the Florida list are being called the Florida 20-30 Club by College Database, which noted that these schools “are in an elite group that offer an annual tuition of less than $20,000 and an average starting salary for graduates of more than $30,000.”

This distinction stems from a new metric created by The College Database. Schools on the list have annual tuition rates below $20,000, and new graduates who earn more than $40,000 per year, on average.

“With the cost of college a concern for many families, it's important for students to find a school that produces successful, well-paid graduates,” said Matt Davis, managing director of communication and partnerships for The College Database. “It's equally important to recognize the colleges and universities that offer both quality and affordable post-secondary options.”

The College Database is a free, non-commercial website dedicated to providing current and future post-secondary students and their families with accurate and valuable college- and career-related information.

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