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
|Hollywood Institute Inc||Hollywood||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Humanities Center Institute of Allied Health School of Massage||Pinellas Park||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||326|
|Indian River Community College||Fort Pierce||FL||2-year public||13186|
|Institute of Florida Real Estate Careers Inc||Orlando||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Legal and Medical Professions||Melbourne||FL||2-year private, not-for-profit||65|
|Institute of Nail Sculpturing||Palm Beach Gardens||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|International Academy||South Daytona||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||140|
|International Academy of Design and Technology||Tampa||FL||4-year private, for-profit||1325|
|International Academy of Hairstyling||Vero Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|International College||Naples||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||451|
|International College||Fort Myers||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||575|
|International Seminary||Plymouth||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|International Unisex Academy||Hialeah||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|International Vocational Training Center||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|ITT Technical Institute||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, for-profit||439|
|ITT Technical Institute||Fort Lauderdale||FL||4-year private, for-profit||543|
|ITT Technical Institute||Tampa||FL||4-year private, for-profit||742|
|ITT Technical Institute||Miami||FL||2-year private, for-profit||363|
|ITT Technical Institute||Lake Mary||FL||4-year private, for-profit||342|
|Jackson Memorial Hospital - School of Rad Tech||Miami||FL||2-year public||No Data|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||2049|
|Joe Blasco Makeup Center - East||Orlando||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center||Winter Park||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center||Tampa||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Johnson & Wales University - Florida Campus||North Miami||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||1620|
|Jones College - Jacksonville||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||654|
|Jones College - Miami Campus||Miami||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||184|
|Keiser Career College - Greenacres||Greenacres||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||786|
|Keiser College - Daytona||Daytona Beach||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College - Ft Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale||FL||2-year private, for-profit||3086|
|Keiser College - Lakeland||Lakeland||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College - Melbourne||Melbourne||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College - Sarasota||Sarasota||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College - Tallahassee||Tallahassee||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College Pembroke Pines||Pembroke Pines||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Keiser College Port St Lucie||Port St Lucie||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|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|
|Key College||Dania Beach||FL||2-year private, for-profit||168|
|Key Power Technical Institute||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|La Belle Beauty Academy||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||170|
|La Belle Beauty School||Hialeah||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||330|
|Lake - Sumter Community College||Leesburg||FL||2-year public||2751|
|Lake City Community College||Lake City||FL||2-year public||2143|
|Lake Technical Center||Eustis||FL||2-year public||669|
|Landmark Baptist College||Haines City||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Lee County High Tech Center Central||Fort Myers||FL||2-year public||874|
|Lee County High Tech Center North||Cape Coral||FL||2-year public||120|
|Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center||Miami||FL||2-year public||275|
|Lively Technical Center||Tallahassee||FL||2-year public||1010|
|Loraines Academy Inc||Saint Petersburg||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||142|
|Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology||Naples||FL||2-year public||1607|
|Lynn University||Boca Raton||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||2034|
|Manatee Community College||Bradenton||FL||2-year public||7834|
|Manatee Technical Institute||Bradenton||FL||2-year public||2721|
|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|
|Marathon Flight School Incorporated||Kissimmee||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Margate School of Beauty Inc||Margate||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||325|
|Margos Secretarial School||Rockledge||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center||Ocala||FL||2-year public||20|
|Martin County High School Adult Education||Stuart||FL||2-year public||No Data|
|Mcfatter Technical Center||Davie||FL||2-year public||986|
|Medical and Dental Training Center||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||152|
|Melbourne Beauty School||Melbourne||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Melbourne Beauty School||Melbourne||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||22|
|Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||34|
|Merritt Island Air Service||Merritt Island||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Miami Ad School||Miami Beach||FL||2-year private, for-profit||9|
|Miami Christian University||Miami||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Miami Dade College||Miami||FL||2-year public||46834|
|Miami Lakes Educational Center||Miami Lakes||FL||2-year public||1098|
|Miami Skill Center||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year public||No Data|
|Miami Technical Institute||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||489|
|Mid Florida Tech||Orlando||FL||2-year public||1927|
|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 Aviation Academy A & P School||Clearwater||FL||2-year private, for-profit||168|
|National School of Technology Inc||Hialeah||FL||2-year private, for-profit||502|
|National School of Technology Inc||Miami||FL||2-year private, for-profit||393|
|National School of Technology Inc||Miami||FL||2-year private, for-profit||544|
|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 England Institute of Technology - Palm Beach||West Palm Beach||FL||2-year private, for-profit||836|
|New Horizons School of Travel||Stuart||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|New Professions Technical Institute||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||167|
|Normandy Beauty School of Jacksonville||Jacksonville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||38|
|North Florida Community College||Madison||FL||2-year public||1358|
|North Florida Real Estate College||Lake City||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Northwood University - Florida Education Center||West Palm Beach||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||969|
|Nouvelle Institute||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||407|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||18587|
|Okaloosa - Walton College||Niceville||FL||2-year public||6663|
|Okaloosa Applied Technology Center||Fort Walton Beach||FL||2-year public||860|
|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|
|Orlando Tech||Orlando||FL||Less than 2-year public||636|
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