Florida Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Florida

While Florida residents know just how much the state's amusement parks, beaches, resorts, and fun and sun attract visitors to the state, Florida also has a lot to offer in terms of education. Florida sports fans might say that's due to the popularity of Gator Nation, the University of Florida's combination of sports teams. However, the school is actually renowned for other reasons, including--at 50,000 students--having one of the largest student populations in the country.

While the University of Florida in Gainesville allows students to study in fields such as business, education, health care and more, there are many other universities as well as four-year colleges, community colleges, technical schools, and career colleges in Florida to attend. Students can also find law schools, medical schools and seminary schools to meet their needs. From the Florida Keys Community College to the South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary and even the Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida students can discover the right kind of training to succeed.

Outlook for a career in the Sunshine State

Some of the fastest growing careers in Florida require an associate or bachelor's degree while only a diploma or certificate may be needed for others. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012), positions for home health care aides are expected to exceed growth of 69 percent nationwide during the 2010-2020 decade. Jobs for registered nurses and nursing aides are also expected to grow much faster than average during. Other areas growing as fast as or faster than average include accounting and auditing, elementary school teaching, food preparation and service, and more.

Mean annual wages in May 2011 for some of these occupations, according to bls.gov data, were:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $65,440
  2. Elementary school teachers: $50,090
  3. Home health aides: $21,870
  4. Nursing aides: $23,880
  5. Postsecondary teachers: $68,270
  6. Registered nurses: $64,020
  7. Restaurant cooks: $23,790

With more than 300,000 students enrolled in the state's university system alone and some of the lowest tuitions in the country, Florida offers a wide number of choices for students making smart choices to get ahead.

    See also: Florida Vocational Schools and Career Training

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    Other Colleges & Universities in Florida

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    Barry University
    Miami Shores, Florida
    Beacon College
    Leesburg, Florida
    Brevard Community College
    Cocoa, Florida
    Carlos Albizu University
    Miami, Florida; also San Juan, PR
    Edison State College
    Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Naples, Labelle, Florida
    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
    Daytona Beach, Florida; also Prescott AZ. Business and science degrees related to aviation and aerospace.
    Flagler College
    St. Augustine, Florida
    Florida Atlantic University
    Boca Raton, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Dania Beach, Florida
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Fort Myers, Florida
    Florida Southern College
    Lakeland, FL
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, Panama City, FL
    Hodges University
    Fort Myers, Naples, Edison University Center, Sarasota, Pasco-Hernando, Florida
    Indian River State College
    Fort Pierce, Florida
    Lake-Sumter State College
    Leesburg, Clermont, Sumterville, North Carolina
    Lively Technical Center
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
    Naples, Florida
    Margate School of Beauty Inc
    Pompano Beach, Florida
    Palm Beach Atlantic University
    West Palm Beach, Florida
    Palmer College of Chiropractic
    Port Orange, FL: also Davenport, Iowa and San Jose, CA
    Polk State College
    Winter Haven, Florida
    Rollins College
    Winter Park, Florida
    St. John Vianney College Seminary
    Miami, Florida
    Santa Fe Community College
    Gainesville, Starke, Florida
    Schiller International University
    Largo, Florida
    Seminole State College of Florida
    Sanford / Lake Mary, Oviedo, Hunt Club, Florida
    South Florida State College
    Avon Park, FL
    Southeastern University
    Lakeland, Florida
    St. Johns River Community College
    Palatka, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra, Florida
    Tallahassee Community College
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Talmudic University of Florida
    Miami Beach, Florida
    Trinity Baptist College
    Jacksonville, Florida
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables, Florida
    Warner University
    Lake Wales, Florida
    Webber International University
    Babson Park, Florida
    Withlacoochee Technical Institute
    Inverness, Florida
    Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College
    Miami Beach, Florida
    Asbury Theological Seminary
    Orlando FL, also Wilmore, CT
    Baptist College of Florida
    Bethune-Cookman University
    Daytona Beach
    Clearwater Christian College
    Daytona State College
    Daytona Beach, Florida
    Eckerd College
    Sarasota, Florida
    Edward Waters College
    Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
    Florida Christian College
    Florida College
    Temple Terrace