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System Sets a Record High Four-Year Graduation Rate of 62%

~  The graduation rate has increased 20 percentage points in the past ten years ~

Orlando, FL (June 27, 2024) – Today, the Florida Board of Governors congratulated the State University System of Florida for setting a record-high four-year graduation rate of 62% for the 2019 to 2023 cohort. The System-wide four-year graduation rate has seen year-over-year increases with a surge of 20 percentage points in the past ten years.

“Institutions in our System have prioritized student achievement and graduating students on time, which is one of many reasons Florida continues to be the top state for higher education,” said Chancellor Ray Rodrigues. “Thank you to our university presidents as well as our world-class faculty that continue to increase results for our students, so they are prepared to enter a competitive workforce or pursue an advanced degree.”

“A record-high four-year graduation rate is a testament to our universities, their leadership, and the faculty who work tirelessly to support the more than 430,000 students enrolled in our System. Our persistent focus on accountability has led to significant improvements at all institutions. Thank you, Governor Jones and our universities for being intentional in focusing on student success and achieving these outcomes for all students. Additionally, continuing to keep costs down while raising the bar emphasizes why Florida’s higher education system is unmatched,” said Brian Lamb, Chair of the Florida Board of Governors.

The System had a four-year graduation rate goal of 50% for 2025. Today, the System has far exceeded that goal with a graduation rate of 62%. Florida International University had a 5 percentage point increase from last year. Florida State University, University of Florida, and University of South Florida exceeded the Board of Governor’s strategic goal of 65%.

Additional information from the meeting can be found on the June Meeting page of the Florida Board of Governors website. 


About the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors

The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The System has 12 universities and more than 430,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Florida has held the top spot in U.S. News & World Report for higher education since the inception of the rankings in 2017. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the System’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the System’s chief executive. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.