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
Marathon Flight School Incorporated Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Margos Secretarial School Rockledge FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Martin County High School Adult Education Stuart FL 2-year public No Data
Melbourne Beauty School Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Merritt Island Air Service Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Miami Christian University Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Miami Skill Center Miami FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Miriam Vocational School Inc Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mta Schools Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Nassau Baptist Seminary Yulee FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
National Training Inc Orange Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
New Covenant International University Lake Worth FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New Horizons School of Travel Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
North Florida Real Estate College Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Orange Park Beauty Academy Orange Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Orlando Institute Casselberry FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Orlando Institute of Electrolysis Inc Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Pensacola Bible Institute Pensacola FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pensacola Christian College Pensacola FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Phoenix East Aviation Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Pinellas Mechanical Pipe Trade Jac Pinellas Park FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Port St Lucie Beauty Academy Port St Lucie 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
Professional Flight Training Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Reformed Theological Seminary Oviedo FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Rollins College - Brevard Campus West Melbourne FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Sarah Parker Modeling and Makeup Artistry School West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sarasota Travel School Sarasota 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
Sea School Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sea School Panama City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sea School Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Seminar Network International Inc Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Dade Skill Center Leisure City FL Less than 2-year public No Data
South Florida Baptist Bible Institute Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
South Florida Bible College and Theological Sem Deerfield Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
South Florida School of Floral Design Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southards Racing School New Smyrna Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Sowell Aviation Co Inc Panama City 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
Star Academy for Pet Stylists Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Stewarts International School for Jewelers Inc Jupiter FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tampa Bay Career Academy Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Technical Education Center - Osceola Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year public No Data
The Cdl School Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Nail Academy Inc Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Romanian Theological Institute Hollywood FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Travel School of Fort Myers Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Union Institute North Miami Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
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
Travel Career Institute Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Travel Professionals Institute Pompano Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
U S Schools Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
United Bible College and Seminary Orlando FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - North Florida Campus Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - South Florida Campus Plantation FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - South Orlando Campus Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - West Florida Campus Temple Terrace FL 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University Travel College Fort Myers Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Veronica Cass Academy of Photo Arts Hudson FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
West Florida Baptist Institute Pensacola FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Whitefield Theological Seminary Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Woodys Hairstyling Institute Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Zoe College Inc Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Florida Hospital School of Medical Technology Orlando FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 9
Miami Ad School Miami Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 9
Fashion Focus Hair Academy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 10
Advanced Technical Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 12
Fort Pierce Beauty Academy Fort Pierce FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 13
Ser Ibm Business Institute Pembroke Pines FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 13
Heritage Institute - Ft Myers Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 14
Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy Bradenton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 15
Cape Coral Beauty School Cape Coral FL 2-year private, for-profit 17
Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia Panama City FL 4-year public 20
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center Ocala FL 2-year public 20
Sunstate Academy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 21
Heritage Institute - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 22
Melbourne Beauty School Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 22
Avanti Hair Tech Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 25
Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 34
Spurgeon Baptist Bible College Mulberry FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 35
Normandy Beauty School of Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
Rehbergs Hairstyling Academy Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
Avanti Hair Tech Winter Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 39
Coral Ridge Nurses Assistant Training School Inc Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Florida Baptist Schools Brandon FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 40
Avanti Hair Tech Altamonte Sprin FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 42
Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College Miami Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 42
Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Florida State College Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Galen Health Institute - Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 46
Talmudic College of Florida Miami Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 51
Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Saint Petersburg FL 2-year private, for-profit 55
Sunstate Academy Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 57
Rti Technical Institute Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
Avanti Hair Tech Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 61
Institute of Legal and Medical Professions Melbourne FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 65
Beacon College Leesburg FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 66

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

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