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.
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
|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|
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