New Jersey is the best state in terms of education. Massachusetts is followed by Florida, Washington, and Colorado to complete out the top five. New Hampshire and Vermont round out the top ten.
These are the findings of a report published by U.S. News & World's Best Colleges. The publication compared the quality of schools across the country by looking at factors such as success with regard to getting students into high-paying jobs, reputation among peers, input from administrators, and acceptance rates. They also considered cost.
The report noted that no state came close to having the best overall college experience. Instead, it said that you'll get the most for your money in Delaware, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Alaska.
In addition to ranking the best states, the report identified top schools within each state. These ranges were determined based on how much they charge and what percentage of their students receive need-based grants or loans.
Best Education States in 2021
|State||Overall Rank||Higher Education|
Rankings of Education
|1||New Jersey New Jersey||27|
The following are the top eight states for education:
According to the more detailed rankings, 50 percent of the state's population is college-educated. That is significantly greater than the national average. Massachusetts was also placed seventh in terms of economic potential and fourth in terms of per capita income. Massachusetts is without a doubt one of the greatest states for teachers. The state ranked first in the nation for its percentage of educators who have earned advanced degrees.
Massachusetts has always been a leader in education. In 1643, it became the first British colony to require that all children attend school until they were age 14. This is probably why it has always had some of the highest percentages of college-educated residents in comparison with other states.
Also contributing to this ranking are the fact that one out of every five doctors in America practices medicine in Massachusetts, the majority of whom live and work there; that it spends more on education than any other state in the country; and that it ranks first in investment per student.
These are just some of the many reasons why Massachusetts is the best state in education. There are several others factors that come into play when comparing states, such as quality of life, crime rate, etc., but education is an important factor in determining how successful a state will be. With 50 percent of the population having at least a bachelor's degree, it is no surprise that Massachusetts ranks first in terms of educational attainment.
The following are the 8 states with the greatest educational attainment:
Vermont, ranked eighth on the list, has the most schools per population, with one university for every 36,545.3 persons, while New Jersey, ranked sixth, has the second lowest number of schools per capita, with one university for every 526,764.8 residents.
Other states near the top include Massachusetts (ninth), Pennsylvania (tenth), and Minnesota (eleventh). States at the bottom include Wyoming (36th) and South Dakota (37th).
The number of schools per 1,000 people is also highest in Vermont and lowest in Wyoming. There are 14 universities and seven colleges in Vermont. The total enrollment at these schools was about 110,000 students in 2009. North Dakota has the fewest schools per 1,000 people with only three institutions of higher education. Its total enrollment was about 2 million people in 2009.
On the other hand, there are more schools than expected in some states where many people move for work. For example, Texas had 23 universities and seven colleges as of 2009, even though it ranks fourth in the nation for population growth (from 2001 to 2005). California, which ranks second in the country for population growth, has 26 universities and four colleges. In both cases, this means that there is one school under every city mayor's office!
The number of schools per 1,000 people is lower than expected in other states too.
California, New York, and Texas are the three states having the most Division I schools. Given the size of each state and their enormous public university systems, this is somewhat unsurprising. California is home to the University of California system, which comprises the following institutions: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. Texas is home to the University of Texas system, which includes UT Austin and UT Arlington. Finally, New York is home to Columbia University and Cornell University, among others.
Division I schools have autonomy over all aspects of school operation including admissions, financial aid, hiring practices, and more. This level of control makes large universities like those in California and Texas perfect homes for dozens of Division I sports teams. A student-athlete can participate in any number of events ranging from swimming to tennis to cross country at the university level. Only two schools in these three states do not sponsor a team in one or more of these sports. They are Temple University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The largest university in Missouri is the University of Missouri. It has more than 36,000 students and sponsors 220 varsity sports programs. It is also the only school in the nation to have every single one of its athletes finish their careers on top of the podium.