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
Bradford Union Area Vocational Technical Center Starke FL Less than 2-year public 294
First Coast Technical Institute Saint Augustine FL Less than 2-year public 1634
Miami Skill Center Miami FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Orlando Tech Orlando FL Less than 2-year public 636
South Dade Skill Center Leisure City FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Technical Education Center - Osceola Kissimmee FL Less than 2-year public No Data
Academy for Practical Nursing & Health Occupations West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 287
Advanced Technical Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 12
American Red Cross Brevard County Chapter Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Central Florida Painters Jatc Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Charles F Chapman School of Seamanship Inc Stuart FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Gospel Crusade Institute of Ministry Bradenton FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing Miami FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 34
Ser Ibm Business Institute Pembroke Pines FL Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 13
A Elgin Real Estate School Clearwater FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Abc Bartending School Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Abc Bartending School Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Abc Bartending School Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy for Professional Bartending Inc. Altamonte Springs FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Healing Arts Massage & Facial Skin Care Lake Worth FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
Academy of Health and Beauty Care Sunrise FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Nail Sculpturing Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Neon Glass and Fine Arts Venice FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Advanced - Basic Hair Design Training Center Merritt Island FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 71
Advanced Career Training - Jacksonville Campus Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Airline Transport Professionals Inc Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
All American School of Dog Grooming Inc Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
All Florida Insurance School Ormond Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Academy of Hypnosis Destin FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Bartending School Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Institute of Diamond Cutting Inc Deerfield Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Training Institute Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Training Institute West Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Asm Beauty World Academy Davie FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Association of Insurance Schools Inc Sebring FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ati Career Training Center Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati Career Training Center Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Ati Career Training Center Oakland Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 259
Audio Recording Technology Institute Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Automotive Transmission School Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Avanti Hair Tech Altamonte Sprin FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 42
Avanti Hair Tech Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 25
Avanti Hair Tech Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 61
Avanti Hair Tech Winter Park FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 39
Beacon Career Institute Incorporated Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Beauty Careers Training Center Niceville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Beauty Schools of America Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 915
Beauty Schools of America Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 532
Benes International School of Beauty New Port Richey FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 130
Berlitz Language Centers Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Coral Gables FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bob Hogue School of Real Estate Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boca Beauty Academy Llc Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy Bradenton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 15
Business Etcetera Institute of Technology Miami FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Career Training Institute Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Central Florida Academy of Travel Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Florida School of Dog Grooming Orlando FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Insurance School Saint Petersburg FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Chemistry of Beauty Specialties Melbourne FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cindy Lees Facial and Nail Institute Daytona Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Compu - Med Vocational Careers Corp Hialeah FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 96
Concorde Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 349
Concorde Career Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Concorde Career Institute Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 481
Consolidated Music Tampa FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Coral Ridge Nurses Assistant Training School Inc Fort Lauderdale FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Core Institute School of Massage Therapy Tallahassee FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Csb School of Broadcasting - Palm Beach North Palm Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Darlyne Mcgees Academy of Cosmetology Palm Bay FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 71
Daytona Institute of Massage Therapy Port Orange FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Delta Connection Academy Sanford FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 404
Denise Carol Models and Talent Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
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
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
Euro Hair Design Institute Jacksonville FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 127
Fashion Focus Hair Academy Sarasota FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 10
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 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 Career Institute Inc Lakeland FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 209
Florida College of Natural Health Pompano Beach FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 298
Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
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 Real Estate Pensacola FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida State College Boca Raton FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Fort Pierce Beauty Academy Fort Pierce FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit 13
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
Giumenta School of Real Estate Palm Coast FL Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data

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

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