January 9, 2013 — New College of Florida ranks ninth in the United States for the percentage of students who go on to graduate programs within a year of graduation.
U.S. News & World Report published the finding online January 2 in its ongoing series The Short List, which explores the data collected for its annual Best Colleges issue.
“It is increasingly clear that navigating and contributing to our ever more complex society requires not only a rigorous baccalaureate degree but further specialized study,” said New College of Florida President Donal O’Shea. “It is gratifying to see New College and its students leading the nation in recognizing this reality and the value of gaining immediate entry to graduate study.”
On average, 27 percent of college graduates across the country pursue advanced degrees within a year of graduation. At New College, however, the rate was 55 percent, or double the national average.
That placed New College on U.S. News’ short list of “Top 10 Colleges That Lead to Grad School,” in a three-way tie for ninth place. The study looked at 377 colleges that provided data on alumni graduate school placement.
According to U.S. News & World Report, graduate school admission is significant because it improves students’ career prospects. Citing a 2012 study by Georgetown University, the magazine found that people with advanced degrees earn more money and experience lower unemployment rates throughout their careers.
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