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10/10/2013 12:08 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2013

Here Are The Florida Universities Ranked By Most Successful Graduates

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There are myriad ways Florida could judge the performance of its 11 state universities.

This year, the Board of Governors focused on how each of the schools prepares graduates for the workforce, divvying up an extra $20 million in "performance funding" based on scores in three criteria: graduates' employment, wages, and cost to educate.

The grading isn't without controversy, including that the data only tracks students employed in the state of Florida after graduation.

“We’re 11 miles from Alabama," University of West Florida president Judy Bense told WUSF. "Thirty percent of our students are military related. That means we’re educating a great number of our students who can’t stay in Florida, and they’re getting good degrees and it’s helping their careers."

Research universities like the University of Florida will also see their costs scores penalized because they are focused on STEM programs -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- that cost more to produce than other degree tracks.

Officials say they're aware of the scoring issues, and will work to refine how schools are measured in order to take each one's mission into account. In the meantime, check out which of our state universities tested best in 2013 and how much their bonus checks are worth.

Are you surprised by the results?

  • 1. University of Central Florida (Tie)
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,428

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $20,281

    Total score: 6

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,608,696

  • 1. University of South Florida (Tie)
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,466

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $23,276

    Total score: 6

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,608,696

  • 2. Florida Gulf Coast University
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 70 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $32,996

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $29,792

    Total score: 5

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913

  • 3. Florida International University
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 68 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $35,264 (tops in the state)

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $26,791

    Total score: 5

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913

  • 4. Florida State University
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $30,396

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $24,902

    Total score: 5

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913

  • 5. University of North Florida
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 71 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $33,264

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $28,562

    Total score: 5

    Performance bonus awarded: $2,173,913

  • 6. Florida Atlantic University
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 69 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $34,808

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $33,117

    Total score: 4

    Performance bonus awarded: $1,739,130

  • 7. University of Florida
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $32,176

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $25,028

    Total score: 4

    Performance bonus awarded: $1,739,130

  • 8. University of West Florida
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 60 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $30,688

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $30,679

    Total score: 3

    Performance bonus awarded: $1,304,348

  • 9. Florida A&M University
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 63 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $28,864

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $37,071

    Total score: 2

    Performance bonus awarded: $869,565

  • 10. New College of Florida
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    Grads employed and/or continuing further education 1 year after graduation: 49 percent

    Median average salary of undergraduates employed full-time in Florida one year after graduation: $22,366

    Average cost per undergraduate to the institution: $74,832

    Total score: 1

    Performance bonus awarded: $434,783

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