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Florida universities and colleges range in size from giants like the University of Florida in Gainesville or the University of Central Florida in Orlando, down to the tiny new school of Ave Maria University in Collier County near Naples.

It is easy to get a good college education in Florida. You just need to figure out what to major in and which schools offer the best programs for that major. This page on Florida universities and Florida colleges is a primer that will at least give a student a place to start.

There are well over 100 Florida universities and Florida colleges, many with more than one campus location.

Florida Universities In The State University System

There are 12 universities in the State University System of Florida. This system includes the oldest public institutions in the state like the University of Florida and Florida State University.

It also includes some of the newest public schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Polytechnic University. As of 2014, more than 341,000 students attended these Florida universities.

For most of Florida history, the University of Florida was the largest public school in the state. It has now been surpassed by the University of Central Florida and Florida International University and the University of South Florida is moving up fast.

These universities are:

  • Florida A & M University (Tallahassee)
  • Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers)
  • Florida International University (Miami)
  • Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee)
  • New College of Florida (Sarasota)
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa)
  • University of West Florida (Pensacola)

  • Florida College System

    There are 28 colleges in the Florida College system. This system used to be known as the Florida Community College System.  Many of these Florida colleges are former two year community colleges that now offer 4 year degree programs. More than 800,000 students attend these schools.

    Not so many years ago these community colleges offered two year programs and the credits could be transferred to the 11 schools in the State University system. This gave students a chance to spend their first two years of college close to home and save some money on room and board.

    The colleges in this system are:

    • Broward College (Davie)
    • Chipola College (Marianna)
    • College of Central Florida (Ocala)
    • Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)
    • Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa)
    • Florida Gateway College (Lake City)
    • Florida Keys Community College (Key West)
    • Florida Southwestern State College (Fort Myers)
    • Florida State College at Jacksonville
    • Gulf Coast State College (Panama City)
    • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
    • Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce)
    • Lake‑Sumter State College (Leesburg)
    • Miami Dade College (Miami)
    • North Florida Community College (Madison)
    • Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)
    • Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth)
    • Pasco‑Hernando Community College (New Port Richey)
    • Pensacola State College (Pensacola)
    • Polk State College (Winter Haven)
    • Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
    • Seminole State College of Florida (Sanford)
    • South Florida State College (Avon Park)
    • St. Johns River State College (Palatka)
    • St. Petersburg College (St. Pete)
    • State College of Florida (Bradenton)
    • Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee)
    • Valencia College (Orlando)

    Religiously Affiliated Schools

    • Ave Maria University
    • Eckerd College
    • Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
    • Ave Maria University (Ave Maria)
    • Baptist College of Florida (Graceville)
    • Barry University (Miami Shores)
    • Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach)
    • Eckerd College (St. Petersburg)
    • Edward Waters College (Jacksonville, Florida)
    • Florida College (Temple Terrace)
    • Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens)
    • Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
    • University of Fort Lauderdale
    • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Jax)
    • Hobe Sound Bible College (Hobe Sound)
    • Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach)
    • Pensacola Christian College (Pensacola)
    • Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)
    • Saint John Vianney College Seminary (Miami)
    • Saint Leo University (St. Leo)
    • St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens)
    • South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary (Deerfield Beach)
    • Southeastern University (Lakeland)
    • Talmudic University of Florida (Miami Beach)
    • Trinity Baptist College (Jacksonville)
    • Trinity College (New Port Richey)
    • Warner University (Lake Wales)

    Trade and Technical Schools

    • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
    • CBT College - West Kendall Campus
    • Acupuncture and Massage College (Miami)
    • Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
    • Aerosim Flight Academy (Sanford)
    • American College for Medical Careers (Orlando)
    • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
    • Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (Fort Lauderdale)
    • City College (Fort Lauderdale)
    • College of Business and Technology (Miami) 
    • Digital Media Arts College (Boca Raton)
    • Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine (Gainesville)
    • East West College of Natural Medicine (Sarasota)
    • Everest University (Pompano Beach)
    • Everglades University (Boca Raton)
    • Florida Career College (Miami)
    • Florida College of Integrative Medicine (Orlando)
    • Florida Technical College (Cutler Bay)
    • Florida Technical College (DeLand)
    • Florida Technical College (Kissimmee)
    • Florida Technical College (Lakeland)
    • Florida Technical College (Orlando)
    • Florida Technical College (Pembroke Pines)
    • Full Sail University (Winter Park)
    • Jersey College (Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale)
    • Jose Maria Vargas University (Pembroke Pines)
    • Lincoln College of Technology (West Palm Beach)
    • Lincoln Technical Institute (Orlando)
    • Miami International University of Art & Design (Miami)
    • Orlando Culinary Academy (Orlando)
    • Rasmussen College (Ocala)
    • Rasmussen College (Fort Myers)
    • Rasmussen College (Holiday)
    • Remington College (Tampa, FL)
    • Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota)
    • Southern Technical College (Orlando)

    Other Private Institutions

    • Argosy University (Tampa)
    • Atlantis University (Miami-Dade County)[1]
    • Beacon College (Leesburg)
    • Carlos Albizu University (Miami)
    • Columbia College (Jacksonville) (Orlando)
    • DeVry University (Orlando)
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach)
    • Flagler College (St. Augustine)
    • Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)
    • Florida National University (Hialeah)
    • Herzing University (Orlando)
    • Hodges University (Naples)
    • International Fine Arts College (Miami)
    • Jacksonville University (Jacksonville)
    • Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
    • Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale)
    • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton)
    • Lynn University (Boca Raton)
    • Keiser University (West Palm Beach)
    • Millennia Atlantic University (Doral)
    • Miami Regional University (Miami Springs)
    • National Louis University (Tampa)
    • National University of Medical Sciences (USA) (Naples)
    • Nova Southeastern University (Davie)
    • Okan International University (Dania Beach)
    • Rollins College (Winter Park)
    • San Ignacio University (Miami)
    • Schiller International University (Largo)
    • Southern Technical College (Orlando)
    • Springfield College (Tampa)
    • Stetson University (DeLand)
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Tampa (satellite of Western Michigan University)
    • University of Miami (Coral Gables)
    • University of Phoenix (Orlando)
    • University of Tampa (Tampa)
    • Virginia College (Pensacola)
    • Webber International University (Babson Park)
    • Webster University (Ocala)

    We compiled this list from information on Wikipedia.  Schools go in and out of business, so the list changes.  You can double check our information at Wikipedia List of Florida Colleges and Universities.


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