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 430 Post-Secondary Schools In Florida


Title City State Type Enrollment
Florida Academy of Hair Design Zephyrhills FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Nassau Baptist Seminary Yulee FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Avanti Hair Tech Winter Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 39
Central Florida College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 215
Full Sail Real World Education Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 1910
Herzing College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 97
John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center Winter Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rollins College Winter Park FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3553
Winter Park Tech Winter Park FL 2-year public 511
Polk Community College Winter Haven FL 2-year public 5611
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven FL 2-year public 156
Westside Tech Winter Garden FL 2-year public 1111
Academy for Practical Nursing & Health Occupations West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 287
American Training Institute West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cooper Career Institute West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 207
Educational Services for Health Occupations West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Gold Coast School of Real Estate West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
New England Institute of Technology - Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 836
Northwood University - Florida Education Center West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 969
Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2295
Sarah Parker Modeling and Makeup Artistry School West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South University - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, for-profit 381
Tony Sylvesters Abc of Bartending West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Total Nails Academy Inc West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rollins College - Brevard Campus West Melbourne FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Flight Safety International Vero Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 255
International Academy of Hairstyling Vero Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Neon Glass and Fine Arts Venice FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Trinity College of Florida Trinity FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 147
Discovery Aviation Center Inc Titusville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Gateway Aviation Titusville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida College Temple Terrace FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 537
University of Phoenix - West Florida Campus Temple Terrace FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American Bartending School Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Argosy University - Tampa Campus Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 93
Avanti Hair Tech Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 61
Baptist Fellowship Bible College of Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Brewster Technical Center Tampa FL 2-year public 181
Concorde Career Institute Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 481
Consolidated Music Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
D G Erwin Technical Center Tampa FL 2-year public 853
Diesel Institute of America Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Everest University - Brandon Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 628
Everest University - Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1038
Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College Tampa FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Florida School of Dog Grooming Inc Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida School of Professional Psychology Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 99
Gulf Coast College Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 127
Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL 2-year public 18497
International Academy of Design and Technology Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1325
ITT Technical Institute Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 742
John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Manhattan Beauty School Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Manhattan Hair Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 150
Remington College - Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1244
Sanford - Brown Institute - Tampa Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 285
Suncoast Ii the Tampa Bay School of Massage Therapy Llc Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 122
Tampa Bay Career Academy Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The University of Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3452
University of South Florida Tampa FL 4-year public 35561
Core Institute School of Massage Therapy Tallahassee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee FL 4-year public 12126
Florida State University Tallahassee FL 4-year public 33971
Keiser College - Tallahassee Tallahassee FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee FL 2-year public 1010
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee FL 2-year public 10816
Academy of Health and Beauty Care Sunrise FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Charles F Chapman School of Seamanship Inc Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Martin County High School Adult Education Stuart FL 2-year public No Data
New Horizons School of Travel Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Star Academy for Pet Stylists Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bradford Union Area Vocational Technical Center Starke FL Less than 2-year public 294
International Academy South Daytona FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 140
Association of Insurance Schools Inc Sebring FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Argosy University - Sarasota Campus Sarasota FL 4-year private, for-profit 766
Fashion Focus Hair Academy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 10
Keiser College - Sarasota Sarasota FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ringling School of Art and Design Sarasota FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 958
Sarasota County Technical Institute Sarasota FL 2-year public 963
Sarasota School of Massage Therapy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 80
Sarasota Travel School Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sunstate Academy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 21
Christian International Santa Rosa Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Delta Connection Academy Sanford FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 404
Seminole Community College Sanford FL 2-year public 9042
Bob Hogue School of Real Estate Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Insurance School Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Eckerd College Saint Petersburg FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1572
Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Saint Petersburg FL 2-year private, for-profit 55
Galen Health Institute - Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 46
Loraines Academy Inc Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 142
Pinellas Technical Education Center Saint Petersburg FL 2-year public 1232
Sea School Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
St Petersburg Theological Seminary Saint Petersburg FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Saint Leo University Saint Leo FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 8720
First Coast Technical Institute Saint Augustine FL Less than 2-year public 1634
Flagler College Saint Augustine FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1830
Florida Aviation Career Training Inc Saint Augustine FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences Saint Augustine FL 4-year private, for-profit 419

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

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