Colleges in Florida

Florida is known for its palm trees, warm weather and sandy beaches, which makes it an ideal destination for obtaining a college degree. There are over 500 universities and colleges in Florida. The Florida College System is comprised of 28 public colleges, including 12 four-year universities. Two of these - Florida State University in Tallahassee and the University of Florida in Gainesville - consistently rank as top schools not only in academics, but also in their university sports programs.

The state university program is governed by an elected chancellor and administered by the Florida Board of Governors, per an amendment to the state constitution. The Florida Department of Education is the association that oversees all public schools in Florida.

The University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla., is the largest in the entire state, with an annual enrollment of over 56,000 students. UCF offers bachelor through doctoral degrees, with emphasis in the fields of hospitality, engineering, education and health sciences.

The University of Florida is the second-largest Florida university, with just over 50,000 students. U of F is well known for programs in health and veterinary sciences, law, business and education. The Florida Gators consistently rank in the top of the NCAA Division 1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) in football, basketball and baseball. The team’s namesake also provided the name of the sports drink known as "Gatorade," which was developed on the UF campus.

The Florida State University is located in Florida's capital city, on a beautiful, sprawling tree-lined campus of brick buildings. The FSU Seminoles participate in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic Coast Conference and are dominant contenders in football, baseball, and basketball. FSU is known for their liberal arts, social sciences, business and communication programs. Florida State is also one of the eminent graduate research schools in the nation.

Miami is home to the University of Miami, part of The Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF). This association of Florida colleges is comprised of over 28 private colleges and universities. The University of Miami has one of the top marine biology programs in the country. Medicine, law and international education are also notable programs.

Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., is one of the most prestigious Florida colleges in the country. This private Florida school is affiliated with the ICUF and is often referred to as the "Harvard of the South." Rollins has more than 30 degrees in arts and sciences, with emphasis on the liberal arts. There is a history museum and a performing arts center on the campus.

There are also plenty of specialized schools in Florida. The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach trains students for careers in aeronautics while the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota focuses on fine art and other art-related degrees. There are Florida colleges that focus on nursing and other medical sciences. There’s even a college that specializes in Oriental medicine. Florida schools have something for everyone in pursuit of higher education.

About Florida State

Florida is the peninsula state of America. Bordered on one side by the Gulf of Mexico and the other by the Atlantic Ocean, it has the nation’s longest coastline of approximately 1,350 miles. Nicknamed "The Sunshine State", Florida’s climate is sub-tropical and most of the state is at sea level. It is the 22nd largest state and has the fourth largest population as well as fourth largest economy.

The state's economic development is primarily driven by its 19 metropolitan areas. Of those areas, Jacksonville is the largest Florida city and Miami-Dade its largest metro area. Tourism is one of the biggest economic sectors, stimulated by the climate, the beaches and the theme parks. The Walt Disney World Resort area in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., which is just outside of Orlando, is home to four theme parks and is the largest vacation resort area in the world. Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World and Busch Gardens in Tampa draw millions of visitors every year to the Central Florida area.

Construction is another major industry in Florida. The many tourists that relocate from colder climates to enjoy the warm, sunny weather motivate development. The lack of a state personal income tax also fuels relocation. However, Florida suffered a huge financial shock during the real estate crash in 2008. The same climate that attracted so many "snow birds" was also responsible for some devastating hurricanes in 2004, and Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, was one of the costliest hurricanes in the nation, with the Miami area taking the brunt of this Category 5 storm.

A need to diversify economics was evident and former Governor Jeb Busch targeted the biomedical sector. Orlando became home to a huge biosciences cluster of development, along with technology spurred by the aerospace industry. Since NASA landed in Titusville in 1962, the Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach area became known as the "Space Coast". Florida has a sizable military presence, with 24 military bases, including Central Command in Tampa. The military gave rise to the defense industry, another major economic contributor.

Agriculture is the second largest state industry. Citrus is an important part of that industry, and most of the citrus fruit in the United States is grown in Florida. The state is also the largest contributor of sweet corn and green beans for the country. With all of its coastline, as well as its many lakes and the Everglades, fishing is a huge industry in Florida, employing over 60,000 people.

Florida's diverse population has made international banking another important economic area. The large Hispanic population is comprised of Cuban-Americans in Miami, Puerto Rico descendants in Orlando and Tampa, and Central America migrant workers inland in the agricultural regions. According to the 2010 US Census, over 22 percent of Florida's population is of Latin American heritage. Though the Hispanic segment is becoming more affluent, low wages in tourism, hospitality and agriculture made the state 27th in the nation in per capita income in 2011, with an average income of $39,500 per individual.

Found 431 Post-Secondary Schools In Florida


Title City State Type Enrollment
Avanti Hair Tech Altamonte Sprin FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 42
Academy for Professional Bartending Inc. Altamonte Springs FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Golf Academy of the South Altamonte Springs FL 2-year private, for-profit 158
South Florida Community College Avon Park FL 2-year public 2199
Webber International University Babson Park FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 459
Boca Beauty Academy Llc Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Everglades University Boca Raton FL 4-year private, for-profit 77
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton FL 4-year public 21046
Florida State College Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Lynn University Boca Raton FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2034
Travel Career Institute Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Saint Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary Boynton Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 102
Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy Bradenton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 15
Florida College of Natural Health Bradenton FL 2-year private, for-profit 96
Gospel Crusade Institute of Ministry Bradenton FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Manatee Community College Bradenton FL 2-year public 7834
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton FL 2-year public 2721
Florida Baptist Schools Brandon FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 40
Cape Coral Beauty School Cape Coral FL 2-year private, for-profit 17
Lee County High Tech Center North Cape Coral FL 2-year public 120
City College Casselberry FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
Orlando Institute Casselberry FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Washington - Holmes Technical Center Chipley FL 2-year public 712
A Elgin Real Estate School Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Agape of Jesus Seminary Clearwater FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Clearwater Christian College Clearwater FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 649
Countryside Christian Training Center Clearwater FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Edutech Centers Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 246
Everest University - Pinellas Clearwater FL 4-year private, for-profit 1447
National Aviation Academy A & P School Clearwater FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater Clearwater FL 2-year public 1417
St Petersburg College Clearwater FL 2-year public 19900
Sunstate Academy Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 57
Brevard Community College Cocoa FL 2-year public 13265
Atlantic Technical Center Coconut Creek FL 2-year public 1570
Berlitz Language Centers Coral Gables FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Miami Coral Gables FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 13963
Key College Dania Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
Asm Beauty World Academy Davie FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mcfatter Technical Center Davie FL 2-year public 986
American Training Institute Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bethune Cookman College Daytona Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2745
Cindy Lees Facial and Nail Institute Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Daytona Beach Community College Daytona Beach FL 2-year public 10420
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 13936
Keiser College - Daytona Daytona Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Phoenix East Aviation Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of Real Estate Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Wyotech Daytona Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 1249
American Institute of Diamond Cutting Inc Deerfield Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Florida Bible College and Theological Sem Deerfield Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Stetson University Deland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3199
American Academy of Hypnosis Destin FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Schiller International University Dunedin FL 4-year private, for-profit 257
Lake Technical Center Eustis FL 2-year public 669
Abc Bartending School Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ati Career Training Center Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Berlitz Language Centers Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Broward Community College Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year public 27389
City College Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
Coral Ridge Nurses Assistant Training School Inc Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
ITT Technical Institute Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, for-profit 543
Keiser College - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year private, for-profit 3086
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 18587
Professional Flight Training Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sanford - Brown Institute - Ft. Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year private, for-profit 668
Sea School Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Florida Baptist Bible Institute Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Inc Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, for-profit 3145
Edison College Fort Myers FL 2-year public 8919
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL 4-year public 3664
Heritage Institute - Ft Myers Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 14
International College Fort Myers FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 575
Lee County High Tech Center Central Fort Myers FL 2-year public 874
Sunstate Academy Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 66
The Travel School of Fort Myers Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University Travel College Fort Myers Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fort Pierce Beauty Academy Fort Pierce FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 13
Indian River Community College Fort Pierce FL 2-year public 13186
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Fort Walton Beach FL 2-year public 860
City College Branch Campus Gainesville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 292
Florida School of Massage Gainesville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Powells Beauty Academy Inc Gainesville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Santa Fe Community College Gainesville FL 2-year public 12464
University of Florida Gainesville FL 4-year public 45114
The Baptist College of Florida Graceville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 549
Keiser Career College - Greenacres Greenacres FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 786
Landmark Baptist College Haines City FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Automotive Transmission School Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Beauty Schools of America Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 532
Compu - Med Vocational Careers Corp Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 96
Florida National College Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit 1352
Florida National College Training Center Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hialeah Technical Institute Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 484
International Unisex Academy Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
La Belle Beauty School Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 330
National School of Technology Inc Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit 502
Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 145
Webster College Holiday FL 2-year private, for-profit 157
Heed University School of Theology Hollywood FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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