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U.S. News National University Rankings 2014

RobbehRobbeh Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in Florida State University
I posted a similar thread last year for the 2013 rankings. I don't think it's right to give credence to these rankings, but the fact is that most people go by the U.S. News rankings, if they go by university rankings.

Regardless, FSU has moved from #97 to #91:

Florida State University | Best College | US News

Not bad. I think it's likely our ranking will either improve or hold steady with each year; I can't see it ever dropping.
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Replies to: U.S. News National University Rankings 2014

  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Likely rise. President Barron knows what metrics work.
  • SweetheartCrocSweetheartCroc Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    And not just metrics. He seems to be the real-deal when it comes to academics.
  • SweetheartCrocSweetheartCroc Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    Since 2008, FSU's academic performance has been steadily rising, in spite of years of budget slashing. That's impressive:

    2008 FSU #112
    2009 FSU #102
    2010 FSU #102
    2011 FSU #104
    2012 FSU #101
    2013 FSU #97
    2014 FSU #91
  • Twiggy22Twiggy22 Registered User Posts: 429 Member
    this is great news since im considering this school :D
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Also up amongst public universities from 42 to 40.

    Given preeminence funding this will continue. That's the upside. The downside is that an already highly competitive school will become more difficult to enter.
  • PasbalPasbal Registered User Posts: 2,000 Senior Member
    Given preeminence funding this will continue. That's the upside. The downside is that an already highly competitive school will become more difficult to enter.
    I read an article regarding the incoming FSU freshman class that said that it actually was slightly easier this year to get into FSU than last year, with the average SAT score being 10 points lower than last year (that's the only stat I remember from the article).

    It attributed the decline to FSU having a slightly larger incoming class (6100 vs 6000), but the connection they made to that was pretty iffy at best.
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Barron was hired in 2009, in the midst of difficult fiscal times. He has steadily guided FSU to higher rankings, which tend to reflect better fundamentals despite the budget. This was not easy with a declining budget...when any error has a substantially greater impact than in times of fat budgets. This precision of decision-making will continue to pay dividends - thus making FSU more attractive and more competitive.
  • SweetheartCrocSweetheartCroc Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    College enrollment is declining across most schools in the country due to the improvement in the economy. During bad economic times, college admissions become more competitive because everyone is trying to escape the bad job market.

    The fact that FSU was able to increase the size of its freshman class is a healthy sign, considering that some less well-known schools (especially private schools that lack strong funding) are really struggling to meet their enrollment goals.

    Selectivity is not as important to the USNews rankings as people tend to assume. And, FSUs freshman statistics are already fairly high, relative to its ranking. I think the main concern right now is our relatively high student-faculty ratio, which the preeminence funding will help to improve over the next few years.
  • SweetheartCrocSweetheartCroc Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    While FSU's ranking has jumped dramatically since 2008, UF and Miami's have been steady (around #50 -- still higher than FSU). To be fair, they have stiffer competition ahead of them, so its harder for them to rise further, but I think it's clear that FSU is on a roll and is closing the gap.
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Comments by President Barron:

    Barron moves forward with FSU’s top 25 plans | FSView | fsunews.com

    The future is bright. Barron gets it.
  • SweetheartCrocSweetheartCroc Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    Yep. We really got lucky with this guy. Compare FSUs measurable gains over the past few years to the relative stagnation of UF/UCF/USF. I hope the trustees see that and lock him up with a good contract for a long time :)
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Totally agree. He is worth what it takes to keep him. I have more than tripled my contributions to FSU due to his accomplishments - not platitudes and glad-handing alumni, but accomplishments.
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