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
Sunstate Academy Fort Myers FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 66
Riverside Hairstyling Academy Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 67
Advanced - Basic Hair Design Training Center Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 71
Darlyne Mcgees Academy of Cosmetology Palm Bay FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 71
Career Training Institute Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Everglades University Boca Raton FL 4-year private, for-profit 77
Saint John Vianney College Seminary Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 77
Sarasota School of Massage Therapy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 80
Suwannee - Hamilton Technical Center Live Oak FL 2-year public 88
Everest University - Melbourne Melbourne FL 4-year private, for-profit 90
Florida College of Integrative Medicine Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit 91
Argosy University - Tampa Campus Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 93
Prospect Hall School of Business Hollywood FL 2-year private, for-profit 94
Compu - Med Vocational Careers Corp Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 96
Florida College of Natural Health Bradenton FL 2-year private, for-profit 96
Herzing College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 97
Florida School of Professional Psychology Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 99
Saint Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary Boynton Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 102
Educating Hands School of Massage Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 112
College of Business and Technology Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 118
Lee County High Tech Center North Cape Coral FL 2-year public 120
Suncoast Ii the Tampa Bay School of Massage Therapy Llc Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 122
Euro Hair Design Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 127
Gulf Coast College Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 127
Benes International School of Beauty New Port Richey FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 130
George T Baker Aviation School Miami FL 2-year public 133
International Academy South Daytona FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 140
Loraines Academy Inc Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 142
Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 145
Trinity College of Florida Trinity FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 147
Manhattan Hair Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 150
Advanced Career Training - Jacksonville Campus Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Audio Recording Technology Institute Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Medical and Dental Training Center Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven FL 2-year public 156
Professional Training Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 157
Webster College Holiday FL 2-year private, for-profit 157
Golf Academy of the South Altamonte Springs FL 2-year private, for-profit 158
Herzing College Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit 161
New Professions Technical Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 167
Key College Dania Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
National Aviation Academy A & P School Clearwater FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
Academy of Healing Arts Massage & Facial Skin Care Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
La Belle Beauty Academy Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
Praxis Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 176
Hi - Tech School of Miami Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 177
Brewster Technical Center Tampa FL 2-year public 181
Jones College - Miami Campus Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 184
Cooper Career Institute West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 207
Florida Career Institute Inc Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 209
Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 209
Central Florida College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 215
Florida Christian College Inc Kissimmee FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 222
Edutech Centers Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 246
Florida College of Natural Health Maitland FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 246
Flight Safety International Vero Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 255
Schiller International University Dunedin FL 4-year private, for-profit 257
Ati Career Training Center Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati Career Training Center Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati Career Training Center Oakland Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati College of Health Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 269
Remington College - Largo Largo FL 2-year private, for-profit 274
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center Miami FL 2-year public 275
Concorde Career Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Florida Technical College of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 278
Southeastern Academy Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 284
Sanford - Brown Institute - Tampa Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 285
Academy for Practical Nursing & Health Occupations West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 287
City College Branch Campus Gainesville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 292
Bradford Union Area Vocational Technical Center Starke FL Less than 2-year public 294
Florida College of Natural Health Pompano Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 298
Technical Career Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 309
Florida College of Natural Health Miami FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 314
Southern College Orlando FL 2-year private, for-profit 318
Radford M Locklin Technical Center Milton FL 2-year public 322
Margate School of Beauty Inc Margate FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 325
Humanities Center Institute of Allied Health School of Massage Pinellas Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 326
Webster College Ocala FL 2-year private, for-profit 328
La Belle Beauty School Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 330
The Academy Lakeland FL 2-year private, for-profit 332
Trinity International University Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 334
ITT Technical Institute Lake Mary FL 4-year private, for-profit 342
Concorde Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 349
Devry University - Orlando Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit 349
Trinity Baptist College Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 362
ITT Technical Institute Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 363
South University - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, for-profit 381
National School of Technology Inc Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 393
City College Casselberry FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
City College Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
City College Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 397
Delta Connection Academy Sanford FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 404
Nouvelle Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 407
Withlacoochee Technical Institute Inverness FL 2-year public 413
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences Saint Augustine FL 4-year private, for-profit 419
ITT Technical Institute Jacksonville FL 4-year private, for-profit 439
Taylor Technical Institute Perry FL 2-year public 441
Tom P Haney Technical Center Panama City FL 2-year public 443
International College Naples FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 451
High - Tech Institute - Orlando Orlando FL 2-year private, for-profit 453

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

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