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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              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
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