The Bottom 25: Florida Rising and USC Falling
Among the bottom 25 schools, the big winners were the University of Florida (+12), the University of Indiana (+9), Ohio State University (+8), and Temple University (+7). The University of Florida’s progress can be partly attributed to low debt, with U.S. News reporting that Levin graduates incurring just $81,479 in debt over three years (nearly $67,000 less than in-state rival, the University of Miami).
And which schools were the biggest droppers? Those honors belong to Wake Forest University (-16), USC (-15) and Tulane University (-11). USC was hamstrung by graduates carrying an average debt of $147,395 according to U.S. News stats. The school’s languid bar passage rate (87.2%) and nine month placement rate (72.4%) further dampened their ranking.
Case Western Reserve and Temple University were new additions to this year’s ATL rankings. They replaced St. Louis University and Fordham University.
(See table on next page for the rankings of schools 26-50)