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):
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 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.
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.
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.
2013 Mean Annual Wage
Obstetritions and Gynecologists
Family and General Practitioners
Computer and Information Systems Managers
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.
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
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Hillsborough Community College||27,061||At least 2 but less than 4 years||1,931||109|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||42,861||Four or more years||4,559||233|
|The University of Tampa||8,232||Four or more years||25,858||67|
|Brewster Technical College||257||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||9|
|Erwin Technical College||924||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||25|
|Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy-Tampa||139||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||5|
|Paul Mitchell the School-Tampa||256||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|ITT Technical Institute-St Petersburg||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Shear Excellence Hair Academy||109||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||3|
|Summit Salon Academy||133||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|Beauty and Health Institute||N/A||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||3|
|Aparicio-Levy Technical College||28||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Fred D. Learey Technical College||613||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||7|
|Florida Career College-Tampa||268||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||7|
|National Personal Training Institute-Tampa||19||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|