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.

Sources:

  • 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
349
Total Enrollment in all institutes
1,116,576
Number of Public Educational Institutes
92
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
185
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
70
Graduation Rate
14.28%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
36,831
On Campus and Online Programs in Florida
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
11
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
17
Number of Institutes Offering both
321

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Florida
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Central FloridaOrlando68,475Four or more years$6,368194
Florida International UniversityMiami57,942Four or more years$6,546241
Miami Dade CollegeMiami54,973Four or more years$2,838155
University of FloridaGainesville52,218Four or more years$6,381333
Valencia CollegeOrlando46,521Four or more years$2,474100
University of South Florida-Main CampusTampa43,846Four or more years$6,410233
Florida State UniversityTallahassee41,005Four or more years$5,656271
Broward CollegeFort Lauderdale40,784Four or more years$2,830129
Palm Beach State CollegeLake Worth31,816Four or more years$2,444136
Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton29,772Four or more years$4,831209
St Petersburg CollegeClearwater29,183Four or more years$2,682122
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonville23,413Four or more years$2,878164
Hillsborough Community CollegeTampa23,183At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,506111
Nova Southeastern UniversityFort Lauderdale20,435Four or more years$30,900267
Full Sail UniversityWinter Park20,170Four or more years$24,10995

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/