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 431 Post-Secondary Schools In Florida


Title City State Type Enrollment
Saint Johns River Community College Palatka FL 2-year public 4512
Saint John Vianney College Seminary Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 77
Rti Technical Institute Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
Rollins College - Brevard Campus West Melbourne FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Rollins College Winter Park FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 3553
Robert Morgan Educational Center Miami FL 2-year public 1075
Riverside Hairstyling Academy Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 67
Ringling School of Art and Design Sarasota FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 958
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven FL 2-year public 156
Remington College - Tampa Tampa FL 4-year private, for-profit 1244
Remington College - Largo Largo FL 2-year private, for-profit 274
Rehbergs Hairstyling Academy Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
Reformed Theological Seminary Oviedo FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Radford M Locklin Technical Center Milton FL 2-year public 322
Prospect Hall School of Business Hollywood FL 2-year private, for-profit 94
Professional Training Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 157
Professional Flight Training Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Praxis Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 176
Powells Beauty Academy Inc Gainesville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Port St Lucie Beauty Academy Port St Lucie FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Polk Community College Winter Haven FL 2-year public 5611
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater Clearwater FL 2-year public 1417
Pinellas Technical Education Center Saint Petersburg FL 2-year public 1232
Pinellas Mechanical Pipe Trade Jac Pinellas Park FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Phoenix East Aviation Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola FL 2-year public 9985
Pensacola Christian College Pensacola FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pensacola Bible Institute Pensacola FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pasco - Hernando Community College New Port Richey FL 2-year public 5165
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth FL 2-year public 17326
Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2295
Orlando Tech Orlando FL Less than 2-year public 636
Orlando Institute of Electrolysis Inc Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Orlando Institute Casselberry FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Orange Park Beauty Academy Orange Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Fort Walton Beach FL 2-year public 860
Okaloosa - Walton College Niceville FL 2-year public 6663
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 18587
Nouvelle Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 407
Northwood University - Florida Education Center West Palm Beach FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 969
North Florida Real Estate College Lake City FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
North Florida Community College Madison FL 2-year public 1358
Normandy Beauty School of Jacksonville Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
New Professions Technical Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 167
New Horizons School of Travel Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
New England Institute of Technology - Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 836
New Covenant International University Lake Worth FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
National Training Inc Orange Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
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 Aviation Academy A & P School Clearwater FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
Nassau Baptist Seminary Yulee FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mta Schools Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Miriam Vocational School Inc Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mid Florida Tech Orlando FL 2-year public 1927
Miami Technical Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 489
Miami Skill Center Miami FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Miami Lakes Educational Center Miami Lakes FL 2-year public 1098
Miami Dade College Miami FL 2-year public 46834
Miami Christian University Miami FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Miami Ad School Miami Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 9
Merritt Island Air Service Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 34
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
Medical and Dental Training Center Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Mcfatter Technical Center Davie FL 2-year public 986
Martin County High School Adult Education Stuart FL 2-year public No Data
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center Ocala FL 2-year public 20
Margos Secretarial School Rockledge 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
Marathon Flight School Incorporated Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Manhattan Hair Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 150
Manhattan Beauty School Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton FL 2-year public 2721
Manatee Community College Bradenton FL 2-year public 7834
Lynn University Boca Raton FL 4-year private, not-for-profit 2034
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology Naples FL 2-year public 1607
Loraines Academy Inc Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 142
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee FL 2-year public 1010
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center Miami FL 2-year public 275
Lee County High Tech Center North Cape Coral FL 2-year public 120
Lee County High Tech Center Central Fort Myers FL 2-year public 874
Landmark Baptist College Haines City FL 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lake Technical Center Eustis FL 2-year public 669
Lake City Community College Lake City FL 2-year public 2143
Lake - Sumter Community College Leesburg FL 2-year public 2751
La Belle Beauty School Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 330
La Belle Beauty Academy Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
Key Power Technical Institute Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Key College Dania Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
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
Keiser College Port St Lucie Port St Lucie FL Less than 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 - Tallahassee Tallahassee FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Sarasota Sarasota FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Melbourne Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data

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

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