Overview of Florida Colleges & Schools
The state of Florida is home to a diverse population of Americans and an equally diverse number of institutions of higher learning. The state itself is one of the largest in the United States, occupying much of the southeast. The state is a peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean and forming the eastern rim of the Gulf of Mexico. The state is a vacation location for many college students during spring break, with multiple locations throughout the state becoming host to the multitudes of parties thrown during that time. Florida is bordered by Alabama and Georgia to the North.
The state is home to two public education systems. The first, the Florida College System, was originally known as the Florida Community College System but changed its name to reflect that some of the colleges within the system have begun to offer four year degrees. The Florida College System offers low cost education for the first two years of a college student’s career, typically covering the general education requirements of a four year major. Additionally, the Florida College System provides technical and vocational training to its communities in order to prepare individuals for a successful future in a given field. The system is comprised of 28 colleges located throughout the state.
Bachelor Degree Granting School’s within the FCS include:
- Miami Dade College (Miami)
- Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth)
- Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)
- Chipola College (Marianna)
- Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)
The primary public university system in the state of Florida is the State University System of Florida. The system is comprised of 11 universities located throughout Florida, and serves approximately 320,000 students in a given year. The system was established in 1954, and has maintained its structure despite the changing governing bodies of Florida’s state education systems over the years. The system operates on a budget of nearly 3 billion dollars a year, with several of the schools serving as research institutions.
Some of the larger universities in the SUSF include:
- University of Central Florida (Orlando)
- University of Florida (Gainesville)
- Florida International University (Miami)
- University of South Florida (Tampa)
- Florida State University (Tallahassee)
- New College of Florida (Sarasota)
The state of Florida is also host to a large number of private institutions; some of them faith based institutions with a Christian foundation to their educational offerings. Other schools offer a liberal arts curriculum with a focus in a particular field. Private institutions tend to have higher tuition costs, smaller classroom sizes, and a more focused set of program offerings. Private colleges or universities tend to offer opportunities and experiences that appeal to a certain individuals.
Some of the better known private institutions in Florida include:
- University of Miami (Coral Gables)
- Eckerd College (St. Petersburg)
- Flagler College (St. Augustine)
- Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)
- Barry University (Miami)
- Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland)
The state of Florida is also home to a large number of private technical and vocational schools offering career educations. These schools typically provide short programs that will provide the skills and experience necessary to enter into an entry level position in a given field. These schools also tend to have career placement programs and connections to local businesses that operate in their field or fields of education.
The most populous city in Florida is Jacksonville, followed by Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. While the most populous county in Florida is Miami-Dade County with Broward County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Florida, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of FloridaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||198,500||2.4|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||537,580||6.5|
|Some college, no degree||178,670||2.2|
|High school diploma or equivalent||3,024,330||36.8|
|No formal educational credential||2,501,140||30.4|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are thirty-nine public 4-year state universities and colleges in Florida. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Florida.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Florida there are seventy accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Florida.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately twenty-four such colleges in Florida located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Florida along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Florida
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Florida (M.D.) (7 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Florida (Pharm. D.) (5 Schools)
- Physical Therapy Schools in Florida (DPT, MPT) (9 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Florida (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Florida (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (187 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Florida (J.D.) (11 Schools)