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 430 Post-Secondary Schools In Florida
|Denise Carol Models and Talent||Jacksonville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Devry University - Orlando||Orlando||FL||4-year private, for-profit||349|
|Diesel Institute of America||Tampa||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Discovery Aviation Center Inc||Titusville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Dynasty Academy||Lauderhill||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Eckerd College||Saint Petersburg||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||1572|
|Edison College||Fort Myers||FL||2-year public||8919|
|Educating Hands School of Massage||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||112|
|Educational Services for Health Occupations||West Palm Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Educational Training Center||Largo||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Edutech Centers||Clearwater||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||246|
|Edward Waters College||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||987|
|Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach||Daytona Beach||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||13936|
|Euro Hair Design Institute||Jacksonville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||127|
|Evangelical Bible Seminary||Lake Worth||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Everest University - Brandon||Tampa||FL||4-year private, for-profit||628|
|Everest University - Jacksonville||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Everest University - Lakeland||Lakeland||FL||4-year private, for-profit||887|
|Everest University - Melbourne||Melbourne||FL||4-year private, for-profit||90|
|Everest University - North Orlando||Orlando||FL||4-year private, for-profit||867|
|Everest University - Pinellas||Clearwater||FL||4-year private, for-profit||1447|
|Everest University - Pompano Beach||Pompano Beach||FL||4-year private, for-profit||1483|
|Everest University - South Orlando||Orlando||FL||4-year private, for-profit||938|
|Everest University - Tampa||Tampa||FL||4-year private, for-profit||1038|
|Everglades University||Boca Raton||FL||4-year private, for-profit||77|
|Faith Bible College||Milton||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College||Tampa||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Fashion Focus Hair Academy||Sarasota||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||10|
|First Coast Technical Institute||Saint Augustine||FL||Less than 2-year public||1634|
|Flagler College||Saint Augustine||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||1830|
|Flight Inc||Orlando||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Flight Safety International||Vero Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||255|
|Florida Academy of Hair Design||Zephyrhills||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Tallahassee||FL||4-year public||12126|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||FL||4-year public||21046|
|Florida Auction School Inc||Ocala||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Auctioneer Academy Inc||Orlando||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Aviation Career Training Inc||Saint Augustine||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Baptist Schools||Brandon||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||40|
|Florida Beacon Bible College||Largo||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Career College||Miami||FL||2-year private, for-profit||971|
|Florida Career Institute Inc||Lakeland||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||209|
|Florida Christian College Inc||Kissimmee||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||222|
|Florida Coastal School of Law||Jacksonville||FL||4-year private, for-profit||454|
|Florida College||Temple Terrace||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||537|
|Florida College of Integrative Medicine||Orlando||FL||4-year private, for-profit||91|
|Florida College of Natural Health||Pompano Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||298|
|Florida College of Natural Health||Miami||FL||2-year private, not-for-profit||314|
|Florida College of Natural Health||Bradenton||FL||2-year private, for-profit||96|
|Florida College of Natural Health||Maitland||FL||2-year private, not-for-profit||246|
|Florida Community College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville||FL||2-year public||20838|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||FL||4-year public||3664|
|Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences||Orlando||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||581|
|Florida Hospital School of Medical Technology||Orlando||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||9|
|Florida Institute of Technology - Melbourne||Melbourne||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||4248|
|Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Saint Petersburg||FL||2-year private, for-profit||55|
|Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc||Pensacola||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||43|
|Florida International University||Miami||FL||4-year public||31945|
|Florida Keys Community College||Key West||FL||2-year public||1625|
|Florida Memorial University||Miami Gardens||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||1985|
|Florida National College||Hialeah||FL||2-year private, for-profit||1352|
|Florida National College - Flagler Campus||Miami||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida National College Training Center||Hialeah||FL||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida School of Dog Grooming Inc||Tampa||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida School of Massage||Gainesville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida School of Preaching||Lakeland||FL||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Florida School of Professional Psychology||Tampa||FL||4-year private, for-profit||99|
|Florida School of Real Estate||Pensacola||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Florida Southern College||Lakeland||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||2382|
|Florida State College||Boca Raton||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||43|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee||FL||4-year public||33971|
|Florida Technical College||Orlando||FL||2-year private, for-profit||571|
|Florida Technical College of Jacksonville Inc||Jacksonville||FL||2-year private, for-profit||278|
|Fort Pierce Beauty Academy||Fort Pierce||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||13|
|Full Sail Real World Education||Winter Park||FL||2-year private, for-profit||1910|
|Galen Health Institute - Tampa Bay||Saint Petersburg||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||46|
|Gateway Aviation||Titusville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|George Stone Career Center||Pensacola||FL||2-year public||537|
|George T Baker Aviation School||Miami||FL||2-year public||133|
|Giumenta School of Real Estate||Palm Coast||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Gold Coast School of Real Estate||West Palm Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Golf Academy of the South||Altamonte Springs||FL||2-year private, for-profit||158|
|Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia||Panama City||FL||4-year public||20|
|Gospel Crusade Institute of Ministry||Bradenton||FL||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Gulf Coast College||Tampa||FL||2-year private, for-profit||127|
|Gulf Coast Community College||Panama City||FL||2-year public||5341|
|Gulf Coast Institute of Career Development||Pensacola||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Gulf Coast Seminary||Panama City||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires||Ormond Beach||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Heed University School of Theology||Hollywood||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Heritage Baptist College||Orlando||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Heritage Institute - Ft Myers||Fort Myers||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||14|
|Heritage Institute - Jacksonville||Jacksonville||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||22|
|Herzing College||Winter Park||FL||2-year private, for-profit||97|
|Herzing College||Melbourne||FL||2-year private, for-profit||161|
|Hi - Tech School of Miami||Miami||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||177|
|Hialeah Technical Institute||Hialeah||FL||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||484|
|High - Tech Institute - Orlando||Orlando||FL||2-year private, for-profit||453|
|Hillsborough Community College||Tampa||FL||2-year public||18497|
|Hobe Sound Bible College||Hobe Sound||FL||4-year private, not-for-profit||145|
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