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Tampa Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Tampa Colleges and Schools

Colleges in Tampa, Florida

There are at least 25 Tampa colleges serving tens of thousands of students each year. Institutions range considerably in both size and focus, but include both public and private colleges, universities, and technical or vocational schools. The following are just three of the largest colleges in Tampa (by enrollment):

  • University of South Florida. The University of South Florida is a public college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a broad range of subjects. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), USF's 2013-2014 school year enrollment neared 41,500 students. Total estimated annual cost of tuition and fees that year was $6,410 for in-state students and $17,324 for out-of-state students.
  • Hillsborough Community College. HCC is a public, two-year community college offering primarily Associate degrees and certificates. Programs are designed with a mind for transfer to four-year institutions or workforce entry, depending on the discipline.The NCES reports that HCC's total 2013-2014 enrollment exceeded 26,500. Total cost of tuition and fees that year was $2,506 for in-state students and $9,111 for out-of-state students.
  • University of Tampa. The University of Tampa is a private, not-for-profit institution offering Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and post-master's certificates. The NCES reports a total 2013-2014 enrollment of just under 7,300 students, most of whom were undergraduates. As a private college, UT's tuition and fees are the same for both in- and out-of-state students: $25,772 total in 2013-2014. On-campus room and board cost an estimated $9,388 that year.

Prospective students can learn more about other public and private universities in the Tampa area below, or by visiting NCES online.

Trade and Vocational Schools in Tampa

Trade and vocational schools provide students with career-ready skills in areas like Allied Health; Automotive Repair; Legal Assistance; Criminal Justice; and more. There are several of these types of career colleges across Tampa, though many also offer online degrees for students living outside of the area. The following are two of the largest Tampa, Florida colleges providing technical or vocational training, as reported by the NCES.

  • Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa. The Ultimate Medical Academy is a private, two-year institution offering certificates and Associate degrees in health-related fields, like Medical and Dental assisting; Nursing; and Healthcare Management. The NCES reports that UMA served 11,170 students in Tampa during the 2013-2014 school year. Estimated tuition and fees for that year, for both in- and out-of-state students, was $15,550.
  • Everest University in Brandon. Everest College is a large, national career school that served $4,318 students on its Brandon Campus in the 2013-2014 school year. It also has a second, smaller campus in Tampa with fewer than 500 enrollments. Everest offers certificates and diplomas, Associate degrees, Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees in a wide range of subjects. Estimated tuition and fees for 2013-2014 were $15,156.

Note that not all career schools report enrollment information, so there may be other large institutions not represented. We recommend contacting prospective schools directly to learn more.

Careers in Tampa

Tampa colleges are an investment that tends to pay-off in both earnings and overall employment. According to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Associate degree holders earned about $125 more per week on average than workers with high school diplomas alone. Bachelor's degree holders earned about $450 more that year, and Master's degree holders earned nearly $700 more, or about double the average weekly earnings for high school graduates. The disparity is even greater for workers with professional and doctoral degrees. The same trend also holds true for employment figures: unemployment rates tend to decline with more education.

The following careers reported the highest mean earnings in Tampa in May of 2013, per the BLS.

Occupation

2013 Mean Annual Wage

Obstetritions and Gynecologists

$226,650

Internists, General

$217,230

Surgeons

$214,790

Physicists

$212,130

Family and General Practitioners

$201,840

Chief Executives

$200,940

Psychiatrists

$167,440

Pediatricians

$164,490

Dentists

$146,960

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$145,030

Nurse Anesthetists

$142,720

Sales Managers

$128,640

Most of the careers featured above require advanced doctoral or professional degrees, but some of the most popular careers in Tampa, such as nursing, information technology, and criminal justice, require just two- or four-year degrees.

Students researching additional Tampa-area colleges can browse the links to nearby cities on the left. For more information about Tampa colleges, review the list below.

Sources:

Colleges: Tampa, Search for Schools and Colleges, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/index.asp?search=1&State=FL&city=Tampa&zipcode=&miles=&itemname=&College=1&CS=1E360FDA

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_45300.htm

Education Pays, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm



Featured Colleges in the Tampa Area (QuickSchools™)

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The Art Institutes system of schools


Tampa, FL

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Diploma

South University


Tampa, FL

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Associate

Everest University


Tampa, FL

Career-focused education designed to help you get the job you deserve.

  • Program Categories: Computers and Technology, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma, Associate

Florida Career College


Tampa, FL

Train for the real-world skills that help you launch a successful technology or healthcare career with a degree, or diploma from Florida Career College.

  • Program Categories: Computers and Technology, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma

Keiser University Campus


Tampa, FL; Clearwater, FL; Lakeland, FL

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Liberal Arts
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate, Master

Aviation Institute of Maintenance


Casselberry, FL

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

The F.I.R.S.T. Institute


Orlando, FL

F.I.R.S.T. College offers educational programs specializing in the exciting fields of Recording Arts and Film and Video Production.

  • Program Categories: Communications and Media
  • Degrees: Diploma

Keiser Univ. Center for Culinary Arts


Sarasota, FL

Your Culinary Career Starts Here

  • Program Categories:
  • Degrees: Associate

National Aviation Academy


Clearwater, FL

National Aviation Academy is a nationally recognized Aviation Maintenance training school, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Our programs prepare students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate

Cortiva Institute


Pinellas Park, FL

Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy's innovative program will help you learn the art of massage therapy and introduce you to a range of career opportunities.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Argosy University


Tampa, FL

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Program Categories: Business, Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Sunstate Academy


Clearwater, FL

Launch your career as a professional stylist or manicurist at Sunstate Academy.

  • Program Categories: Cosmetology, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma
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Tampa Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy
4951-A Adamo Drive
Tampa, FL 33605

  • Programs: personal grooming, barber, aesthetician and skin care, facial treatment, manicurist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 220 students, 174 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Brewster Technical Center
2222 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL 33602-2196

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: hotel management, industrial mechanics, health aides, child care provider, automobile mechanics, medical secretary, licensed practical nurse, mental health services tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 238 students, 166 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

D G Erwin Technical Center
2010 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610-8255

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: licensed practical nurse, business, health and medical administrative, surgical tech, HVAC tech, drafting, medical assistant, electrocardiograph tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 700 students, 1,225 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606-3584

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, EMT paramedic, registered nursing, fire-fighting, security and loss prevention, criminal justice and police, corrections, business management
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 22,621 students, 16,390 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 420 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Paul Mitchell the School-Tampa
14210 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33613

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 142 students, 241 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Colleges in Tampa with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Concorde Career Institute Tampa
4202 W Spruce
Tampa, FL 33607

  • Programs: medical assistant, dental assistant, allied health and medical assisting, health and medical administrative, surgical tech, pharmacy tech, health unit coordinator
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 494 students, 335 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Manhattan Hairstyling Academy
4315 S Manhattan Ave
Tampa, FL 33611

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, personal grooming, aesthetician and skin care
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 635 students, 760 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

The University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, communication studies, marketing, criminology, psychology, finance, biology, registered nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 5,628 students, 5,534 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 3,155 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 500-580. Math: 500-590. Writing: 490-580.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: psychology, elementary school teaching, business management, criminology, accounting, biomedical sciences, finance, registered nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 44,870 students, 39,153 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 4,323 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-610. Math: 530-630.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Clearwater Colleges 7 108,787 27,472 600
Largo Colleges 2 69,371 73  
Palm Harbor Colleges 1 59,248 545  
Pinellas Park Colleges 3 45,658 119  
St. Petersburg Colleges 5 248,232 5,557 1,474
Temple Terrace Colleges 2 20,918 524 673

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