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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



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Tampa Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Hillsborough Community College
39 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, Natural resources and conservation, Architecture and related services, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 26571
  • In-State Tuition: 1931
  • Out-of-State tuition: 7728

Brewster Technical College
2222 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 176

Erwin Technical College
2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Construction trades, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Precision production, Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 717
  • In-State Tuition: 2502
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10053

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

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 154

Paul Mitchell the School-Tampa
7823 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 264

Shear Excellence Hair Academy
3649 W. Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 115

Everest University-Tampa
3319 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Construction trades, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 375
  • In-State Tuition: 11972
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11972

Everest University-Brandon
3924 Coconut Palm Dr
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 977
  • In-State Tuition: 11650
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11650

Argosy University-Tampa
1403 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Psychology, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Public administration and social service professions, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 497
  • In-State Tuition: 13464
  • Out-of-State tuition: 13464

Strayer University-Florida
4902 Eisenhower Blvd Ste 100
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Public administration and social service professions, Social sciences, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 2600
  • In-State Tuition: 12780
  • Out-of-State tuition: 12780

South University-Tampa
4401 N Himes Ave, Suite 175
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Psychology, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 964
  • In-State Tuition: 16665
  • Out-of-State tuition: 16665

Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa
9309 N Florida Ave Ste 100
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 13372

Summit Salon Academy
4802 Gunn Hwy Suite 144
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 151

Regency Beauty Institute-Carrollwood
14360 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 26

Beauty and Health Institute
11309 CountryWay Boulevard
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 67

Aparicio-Levy Technical College
10119 East Ellicott Street
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 25

Fred D. Learey Technical College
7010 North Manhattan Ave
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Construction trades, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 499

Florida Career College-Tampa
9950 Princess Palm Avenue Suite 100
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 286

Colleges in Tampa with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Architecture and related services, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 42067
  • In-State Tuition: 4559
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15473

The University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 7959
  • In-State Tuition: 25202
  • Out-of-State tuition: 25202

ITT Technical Institute-St Petersburg
4809 Memorial Highway, Suite 100
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 102
  • In-State Tuition: 17748
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17748

Concorde Career Institute-Tampa
4202 W Spruce
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 272

Sanford-Brown College-Tampa
3725 Grace St
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 252
  • In-State Tuition: 11734
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11734

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa
4809 Memorial Hwy
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 467
  • In-State Tuition: 17748
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17748

Remington College-Tampa Campus
6302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Ste 400
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 40
  • In-State Tuition: 15641
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15641

Sanford-Brown College-Online
7702 Woodland Center Blvd Suite 100
Tampa, FL

  • Programs: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Visual and performing arts, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 473
  • In-State Tuition: 14407
  • Out-of-State tuition: 14407
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