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Press Release for Monday, April 28, 2014

UNF Computer Science Program Ranks No. 1 in Florida for Return on Investment

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Choosing to major in computer science is a smart career move. The University of North Florida ranks No. 1 in the state for the best dollar-for-dollar return on investment for a computer science degree, according to new data recently released in the 2014 Payscale College ROI Report.

PayScale uses salary data to rank hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities across the country based on total cost and alumni earnings in order to measure the value of a college education. The 2014 College ROI Report ranks UNF No. 1 in the state for its 20-year net return on investment and No. 2 for its annual return on investment, second only to the University of Florida, for obtaining a degree in computer science.

“These data demonstrate that UNF’s Computer Science Program is a leader in the state, providing excellent value and opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Mark Tumeo, dean of UNF’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. “A computing degree at UNF leads to a high paying career in a growing and vibrant industry, both in Northeast Florida and around the country.”

The report calculates an annual return on a student’s college investment based on the total costs (tuition, room, board and supplies minus the average financial aid award) to get a bachelor’s degree at hundreds of colleges, and the total expected income graduates can expect over 20 years (above what a high school graduate would earn).

UNF’s School of Computing is dedicated to the promotion of an academically exciting and progressive intellectual climate, characterized by a superior program of instruction, peer-recognized scholarship, effective support services, and productive professional community involvement.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.