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
Miami Dade College Miami FL 2-year public 46834
University of Florida Gainesville FL 4-year public 45114
University of South Florida Tampa FL 4-year public 35561
Florida State University Tallahassee FL 4-year public 33971
University of Central Florida Orlando FL 4-year public 33713
Florida International University Miami FL 4-year public 31945
Valencia Community College Orlando FL 2-year public 27565
Broward Community College Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year public 27389
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton FL 4-year public 21046
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 2-year public 20838
St Petersburg College Clearwater FL 2-year public 19900
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 18587
Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL 2-year public 18497
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth FL 2-year public 17326
University of Miami Coral Gables FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 13963
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 13936
Brevard Community College Cocoa FL 2-year public 13265
Indian River Community College Fort Pierce FL 2-year public 13186
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL 4-year public 12550
Santa Fe Community College Gainesville FL 2-year public 12464
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee FL 4-year public 12126
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee FL 2-year public 10816
Daytona Beach Community College Daytona Beach FL 2-year public 10420
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola FL 2-year public 9985
Seminole Community College Sanford FL 2-year public 9042
Edison College Fort Myers FL 2-year public 8919
Saint Leo University Saint Leo FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 8720
Barry University Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 8650
The University of West Florida Pensacola FL 4-year public 8479
Manatee Community College Bradenton FL 2-year public 7834
Okaloosa - Walton College Niceville FL 2-year public 6663
Polk Community College Winter Haven FL 2-year public 5611
Gulf Coast Community College Panama City FL 2-year public 5341
Central Florida Community College Ocala FL 2-year public 5230
Pasco - Hernando Community College New Port Richey FL 2-year public 5165
Saint Johns River Community College Palatka FL 2-year public 4512
Traviss Career Center Lakeland FL 2-year public 4380
Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne Melbourne FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 4248
University of Phoenix - Central Florida Campus Maitland FL 4-year private, for-profit 3992
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL 4-year public 3664
Rollins College Winter Park FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3553
The University of Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3452
Stetson University Deland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3199
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Inc Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, for-profit 3145
Keiser College - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year private, for-profit 3086
Lake - Sumter Community College Leesburg FL 2-year public 2751
Bethune Cookman College Daytona Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2745
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton FL 2-year public 2721
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Miami FL 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Florida Southern College Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2382
Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2295
Saint Thomas University Miami Gardens FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2295
South Florida Community College Avon Park FL 2-year public 2199
Lake City Community College Lake City FL 2-year public 2143
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2049
Lynn University Boca Raton FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2034
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1985
Mid Florida Tech Orlando FL 2-year public 1927
Full Sail Real World Education Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 1910
Chipola College Marianna FL 2-year public 1845
Flagler College Saint Augustine FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1830
First Coast Technical Institute Saint Augustine FL Less than 2-year public 1634
Florida Keys Community College Key West FL 2-year public 1625
Johnson & Wales University - Florida Campus North Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1620
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology Naples FL 2-year public 1607
Eckerd College Saint Petersburg FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1572
Atlantic Technical Center Coconut Creek FL 2-year public 1570
Sheridan Technical Center Hollywood FL 2-year public 1487
Everest University - Pompano Beach Pompano Beach FL 4-year private, for-profit 1483
Everest University - Pinellas Clearwater FL 4-year private, for-profit 1447
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater Clearwater FL 2-year public 1417
North Florida Community College Madison FL 2-year public 1358
Florida National College Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit 1352
International Academy of Design and Technology Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1325
Charlotte Technical Center Port Charlotte FL 2-year public 1276
Wyotech Daytona Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 1249
Remington College - Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1244
Pinellas Technical Education Center Saint Petersburg FL 2-year public 1232
Southeastern University Lakeland FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1232
Westside Tech Winter Garden FL 2-year public 1111
Miami Lakes Educational Center Miami Lakes FL 2-year public 1098
Robert Morgan Educational Center Miami FL 2-year public 1075
Everest University - Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1038
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee FL 2-year public 1010
Warner Southern College Lake Wales FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 1001
Ai Miami International University of Art and Design Miami FL 4-year private, for-profit 997
Edward Waters College Jacksonville FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 987
Mcfatter Technical Center Davie FL 2-year public 986
Florida Career College Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 971
Northwood University - Florida Education Center West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 969
Sarasota County Technical Institute Sarasota FL 2-year public 963
Ringling School of Art and Design Sarasota FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 958
Everest University - South Orlando Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit 938
Beauty Schools of America Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 915
Everest University - Lakeland Lakeland FL 4-year private, for-profit 887
Lee County High Tech Center Central Fort Myers FL 2-year public 874
Everest University - North Orlando Orlando FL 4-year private, for-profit 867
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Fort Walton Beach FL 2-year public 860

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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