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
Hollywood Institute Inc Hollywood FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Prospect Hall School of Business Hollywood FL 2-year private, for-profit 94
Sheridan Technical Center Hollywood FL 2-year public 1487
The Romanian Theological Institute Hollywood FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Veronica Cass Academy of Photo Arts Hudson FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Withlacoochee Technical Institute Inverness FL 2-year public 413
Advanced Career Training - Jacksonville Campus Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Airline Transport Professionals Inc Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Concorde Career Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Conservative Theological Seminary Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cornerstone Theological University Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Denise Carol Models and Talent Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Edward Waters College Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 987
Euro Hair Design Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 127
Everest University - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida Coastal School of Law Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit 454
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 2-year public 20838
Florida Technical College of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 278
Heritage Institute - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 22
ITT Technical Institute Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit 439
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2049
Jones College - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 654
Normandy Beauty School of Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
Riverside Hairstyling Academy Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 67
Sanford - Brown Institute - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 225
Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 209
Trinity Baptist College Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 362
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL 4-year public 12550
University of Phoenix - North Florida Campus Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Zoe College Inc Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Stewarts International School for Jewelers Inc Jupiter FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida Keys Community College Key West FL 2-year public 1625
Florida Christian College Inc Kissimmee FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 222
Marathon Flight School Incorporated Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southeastern Academy Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 284
Technical Education Center - Osceola Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Lake City Community College Lake City FL 2-year public 2143
North Florida Real Estate College Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rehbergs Hairstyling Academy Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
ITT Technical Institute Lake Mary FL 4-year private, for-profit 342
Warner Southern College Lake Wales FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1001
Academy of Healing Arts Massage & Facial Skin Care Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
Evangelical Bible Seminary Lake Worth FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New Covenant International University Lake Worth FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth FL 2-year public 17326
Seminar Network International Inc Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Florida School of Floral Design Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Avanti Hair Tech Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 25
Everest University - Lakeland Lakeland FL 4-year private, for-profit 887
Florida Career Institute Inc Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 209
Florida School of Preaching Lakeland FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Florida Southern College Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2382
Keiser College - Lakeland Lakeland FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southeastern University Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1232
The Academy Lakeland FL 2-year private, for-profit 332
Traviss Career Center Lakeland FL 2-year public 4380
Whitefield Theological Seminary Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Educational Training Center Largo FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida Beacon Bible College Largo FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Remington College - Largo Largo FL 2-year private, for-profit 274
Concorde Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 349
Dynasty Academy Lauderhill FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Beacon College Leesburg FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 66
Lake - Sumter Community College Leesburg FL 2-year public 2751
South Dade Skill Center Leisure City FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Suwannee - Hamilton Technical Center Live Oak FL 2-year public 88
North Florida Community College Madison FL 2-year public 1358
Florida College of Natural Health Maitland FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 246
University of Phoenix - Central Florida Campus Maitland FL 4-year private, for-profit 3992
Margate School of Beauty Inc Margate FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 325
Chipola College Marianna FL 2-year public 1845
American Red Cross Brevard County Chapter Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Chemistry of Beauty Specialties Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Everest University - Melbourne Melbourne FL 4-year private, for-profit 90
Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne Melbourne FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 4248
Herzing College Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit 161
Institute of Legal and Medical Professions Melbourne FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 65
Keiser College - Melbourne Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Melbourne Beauty School Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Melbourne Beauty School Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 22
Advanced - Basic Hair Design Training Center Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 71
Merritt Island Air Service Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Abc Bartending School Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Advanced Technical Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 12
Ai Miami International University of Art and Design Miami FL 4-year private, for-profit 997
Ati Career Training Center Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati College of Health Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 269
Barry University Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 8650
Beacon Career Institute Incorporated Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Beauty Schools of America Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 915
Berlitz Language Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Business Etcetera Institute of Technology Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Carlos Albizu University - Miami Campus Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 606
City College Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
College of Business and Technology Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 118
Educating Hands School of Massage Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 112
Florida Career College Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 971
Florida College of Natural Health Miami FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 314
Florida International University Miami FL 4-year public 31945

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

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