Florida Colleges Summary

The Sunshine State offers college students more than just warm weather and world-famous beaches. It's home to many Florida colleges and universities where students can get the ball rolling on their career aspirations.

The Florida College System consists of 28 member institutions, including community colleges and state universities located in 178 sites throughout the state. It's the largest one in the state — more than 800,000 students enroll in the system each academic year. The public State University System of Florida, meanwhile, is made up of 12 state universities.

The Independent College and Universities of Florida system is comprised of 30 schools with locations at 114 sites across the state. Member colleges offer nearly 500 fully online degree and certificate programs.

Lastly, the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges enrolls more than 250,000 students each year in trade and technical careers.

Florida Transfer Agreements

The Florida College System's "2+2" transfer agreements with two-year colleges ensures students can easily transfer to member universities and four-year colleges in Florida. It also works with many schools in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida system so students with associate degrees can transfer to ICUF member institutions as juniors.

Other Education Initiatives in Florida

Students beginning their college careers at universities in Florida can visit Florida Shines, an online hub dedicated to helping them start out on the right note. And for those who may have started with postsecondary education — but who have stopped — the state-funded Complete Florida program is designed to help Floridians complete certificate, associate or bachelor's degree programs at Florida colleges.

Students can learn more about higher education in Florida by checking with the Florida Department of Education.


  • Fact Book, Florida College System, Page 6, https://www.floridacollegesystem.com/sites/www/Uploads/files/Downloads/fb2016.pdf
  • Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, Accessed March 2018,
  • ICUF facts, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Accessed March 2018, http://www.icuf.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ICUF-Trifold-D3-PRINT-0022.pdf
  • State University System of Florida, Accessed March 2018, http://www.flbog.edu/universities/

Education Institutes in Florida
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Florida
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
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Colleges and Universities in Florida
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Central FloridaOrlando66,059Four or more years$6,368183
Florida International UniversityMiami56,718Four or more years$6,556234
Miami Dade CollegeMiami56,001Four or more years$2,838160
University of FloridaGainesville52,669Four or more years$6,381332
Valencia CollegeOrlando44,834Four or more years$2,47498
University of South Florida-Main CampusTampa43,540Four or more years$6,410233
Florida State UniversityTallahassee41,362Four or more years$5,656277
Broward CollegeFort Lauderdale40,754Four or more years$1,415121
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton30,208Four or more years$4,831155
Palm Beach State CollegeLake Worth30,052Four or more years$2,444131
St Petersburg CollegeClearwater29,548Four or more years$3,352119
Hillsborough Community CollegeTampa27,626At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,506110
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonville21,092Four or more years$2,878161
Nova Southeastern UniversityFort Lauderdale20,793Four or more years$29,930252
Full Sail UniversityWinter Park18,605Four or more years$23,69491