U.S. News and World Report recently released its rankings for top graduate schools in the country. FSU's College of Education saw its graduate program jump six spots, claiming #35 among public universities. We're proud to be recognized for the work that our students and faculty do, and we know that FSU's College of Education is only going to keep getting better and better'particularly with the support of our alumni and friends.
Our goal at the College of Education is to prepare the next generation of teachers and educational thought leaders, and we want to provide as much support as possible to allow our students to be leaders in the classroom from the moment they graduate. We want our students to be able to focus on their careers, not worry about student loan debt. To accomplish this, we give more scholarships than any other College of Education in the state of Florida. What does this translate to exactly? This year, we gave out , . $417,000 in student scholarships to 211 students. There is more than one way to support students, of course, which is why we also provide them with the opportunity to interact with the latest technology and devices to enhance teaching and learning. Technology has revolutionized the classroom, and teachers can use cutting-edge tools to interact with students and educate in ways that previous generations could only dream about. The College of Education's Tech Sandbox gives our future educators access to technologies that may someday make their way into the classroom, from VR helmets to 3D printing.
This support extends beyond our students to our faculty. We're proud that so many of our faculty produce nationally recognized scholarship. Whether they are exploring emerging technologies and their applications in the classroom, researching different approaches to pedagogy, evaluating the effectiveness of programs, or developing new ways to teach future teachers, the faculty in the College of Education influence the entire field of education. These research initiatives brought in nearly $15 million dollars in grants and other funding methods from organizations like the Gates Foundation, Florida Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and more.
Rankings are a useful way to begin your search for your ideal college of education, but it's important to make sure the program is the right fit for you. If you have any questions about the FSU College of Education, we encourage you to contact us. Noles from the College of Education have taught in classrooms far and wide, influenced educational policy around the country, and inspired students around the world, and we know that we will continue this proud tradition of being an exemplary education program in Florida.