Best Universities & Colleges in Florida for 2021

These are the 74 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Florida. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Florida

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Florida to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Adventist University of Health Sciences Seal

    Adventist University of Health Sciences

    Orlando, Florida

    • 1,984 Total Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 71% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 189 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    An institute for healthcare and health sciences, ADU has its roots in nursing education that started at Florida Hospital in 1913. As the hospital expanded its academic offering covering other health sciences courses and eventually offering baccalaureate degree, the Adventist University of Health Sciences officially emerged as a Private health and nursing education institute. Though a university now, it still remains associated with Florida hospital and is based in Orlando, Florida.

    The university also has religious affiliations with the Seventh-day Adventist Church which is among the largest networks providing healthcare and education services throughout the world. In close connection with the church, ADU has always maintained spirituality as well as commitment towards people and instills the same values in its students, in the hope of advancing the ‘healing ministry of Christ’.

    ADU healthcare and health sciences programs are offered through its nine departments which include nursing, radiology, health and biomedical, diagnostic medical sonography and others.  It offers Associate, Bachelors and Masters Programs with each of its programs accredited through various licensing authorities. Three of these programs are also offered at the university’s Porter Adventist hospital based campus in Denver, Colorado. In the hope of extending the Christ’s healing mission, the university also offers Online Education. Five of its programs including Bachelors and Masters Degree are offered online as well.

    Besides its rigorous academic routine, ADU also offers a thriving life for its students. While there are service learning and Community Health Transitional Care (CHTC) Internship opportunities, the university has its fun side as well. It holds the MAKE talent show, a Gala Dinner and picnic and play activity as well.

    ADU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1992
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationSeventh Day Adventist

  • AI Miami International University of Art and Design

    Miami, Florida

    AI Miami International University of Art and Design in Miami, Florida
    • 2,478 Total Students
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    AI Miami International University of Art and Design is a private institute which began servings its students and community in 1965. Based in Miami, Florida, the institute has been committed to providing applied arts and design education, which is aimed at being career centric.

    MIU is part of the Art Institute’s network, a network which operates throughout North America. It is a system of schools having over 40 academic institutes. The education provided at the institute is complemented with complete development of its students through Career Planning and providing various activities such as seminars, workshops, volunteer work and other. There is a Career Services Department which is responsible for inducting each student into their chosen field throughout their period of study and beyond.

    The university’s offers Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in six different areas of study; Visual Design, Interior Design, Marketing, Animation & Effects, Fashion, and Film and Production.

    MIU School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • American College for Medical Careers

    Orlando, Florida

    • 508 Total Students
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    The American College for Medical Careers, based in Orlando, Florida, is a branch of Salter College. Salter College is a private college offering training programs in the field of Healthcare, Business and Computer technology. The college is focused on career development and training and operates in two locations in Massachusetts, West Boylston and Chicopee.

    American College is a campus branch focused on providing training in specifically the discipline of Healthcare. The main purpose behind establishing this college was to provide real time experience for better success at achieving career objectives and milestones. Students or professionals in the healthcare industry whether looking for professional training before stepping into the real world or to change their direction in the healthcare industry, the American College provides hands on experience or training programs aimed at fulfilling these professional and academic needs.

    The college offers eight programs at its campus in Orlando. These programs cover health technology programs, medical and dental assistance programs, sonography programs as well as others. The American college also offers online education.

    American College School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Atlantis University Seal

    Atlantis University

    Miami, Florida

    Atlantis University in Miami, Florida
    • 201 Total Students
    • 25 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    AU is a Private institute offering education in the disciplines of Business and Technology and is based in Miami, Florida. The university has grown out of its predecessor institute called the UNITECH College of Technology which by 2007 started expanding its academic programs. By 2009, as the institute added Masters Program, was approved for a university status by the Florida Commission for Independent Education and the Department of Education and received its present name.

    As an international institution, Atlantis University has developed its disciplines in the field of business and technology to make them globally relevant. Its curriculum incorporates innovation, technical training, critical analyses and career centric objectives.

    The campus life at AU also complements its academic life, with unique events and programs in place incorporating technology and business. The university takes part in the Colombia Trade Expo and also took part in the Social Media Week Miami 2016. These active participations allow the students to grow and be engaged in the new trends and developments in the field of technology and innovation. The university also provides a City and Boat Tour to its students as part of the recreation opportunities for its students. Recently, the students at AU were also provided with the opportunity to work with ‘YouTube’ and ‘Google’. In the projects, the students actively participated in putting up a multimedia project for enhancing the overall student experience as they get involved in academic content.

    Programs offered at AU cover a variety of academic disciplines consisting of technology and business programs and also healthcare and engineering. The degrees offered are Bachelors and Masters; however, there are Associates, Certifications and Diplomas as well. The university also has its Language Institute aimed at facilitating its students at English language for better academic experience. Another campus of the university has been in order in the heart of Miami City; a project of STANTEC, the campus will take inspiration from creative offices like Google and others.

    AU School Facts

    • Motto Eng.Grow in wisdom
    • ColorsBrown
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Ave Maria University

    Ave Maria, Florida

    • 1,110 Total Students
    • 43% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,261 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Ave Maria is a Catholic institute which was dreamt and eventually founded by Thomas S. Monaghan. It was followed by the need for catholic institutes which were better adapted to the needs of today. The last of Catholic institutes turning into universities was in 1963 and so when it began in 1998, it was with a single objective to bring liberal arts education integrated in faith. The land for the university was donated by Barron Collier Family and is based in Ave Maria, Florida.

    A private institute, Ave Maria University was established by Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, as the Catholic university to be guided by Code of Canon Law. The institute in all its conduct takes inspiration from St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta and is committed to Mary the Mother of God.

    Being a Catholic institute, spiritual life sits at the center of everything. The university has its own Campus Ministry which holds mass and confessions, while also providing the adoration chapel. It initiated Mother Teresa Project in 2014 to educate its students on the legacy of Mother Teresa through her life and writings. Besides serious work, the campus holds over 250 events throughout the year for its students to enjoy alongside studying and praying; Feast of Annunciation being the grandest of events. There are interesting traditions such as the dorm wars. Arts are a common practice at the university, with its famous ‘Shakespeare in Performance’. Physical activities are also encouraged, and besides athletic teams ‘Gyrenes’ participating at NAIA Division II, the equestrian at the campus is also gaining prominence.  The campus colors are Blue and Green.

    Academic programs at Ave Maria include undergraduate programs with 32 majors and 24 minors, and a Patrick F. Taylor Graduate Programs in Theology, offering Masters and Ph. D. There are also Honors programs, Study Abroad programs as well as summer courses. Its prestigious facility is the Mother Teresa Museum, which is the only other place outside of Calcutta where the sari of Mother Teresa is on public display.

    Ave Maria School Facts

    • Years Estd.College: 1998University: 2003
    • NicknameGyrenes
    • Motto(Latin) Veritatis Splendor (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.From the Heart of the Church The Splendor of Truth
    • ColorsBlue and Green
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNAIA – The Sun Conference
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Barry University Seal

    Barry University

    Miami, Florida

    Barry University in Miami, Florida
    • 7,971 Total Students
    • 55% Acceptance Rate
    • 21% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,765 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Barry, based in Miami Shores, Florida, is a Private Catholic institute and was founded by the Most Reverend Patrick Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine, and Reverend Mother M. Gerald Barry, brother and sister united in the mission to provide education for women. Once having decided to build a higher education institute, the property for the institute was purchased in 1939 and the college began instructions a year later in 1940.

    The university had always been fortunate in finding support in individuals who have contributed greatly to its progress. John Graves Thompson, former mayor of the city and Reverend Monsignor William Barry greatly influenced and shaped the institute. Barry University has grown from a single campus to 17 campuses throughout Florida.

    Student life at Barry campus is a unique experience that blends intellectual immersion with culture, arts, experience, activities in a warm and friendly environment. There are more than 60 organizations and student associations present on campus which are not only active on the campus, but also look for opportunities outside of campus to be engaged in. There are community service and uplifting activities such as being involved in hunger or shelter programs or working towards building organic farming. There are unique recreation facilities; students can take part in athletic teams which take part in NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference (SSC). However there are also archery and bowling. Arts are more than just education and students are involved in bring creative performances. The university also has its shield which is a mixture of Bishop Patrick Barry coats of arms and of the Dominican Order. The campus colors are Black, Red and Silver.

    The university has a wide range of academic offerings, providing more than 100 degree program choices at undergraduate and graduate level. Study Abroad programs are also available in 28 countries globally. Its distinctive departments are Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Frank J. Rooney School of Professional and Career Education and two others.

    Barry School Facts

    • Years Estd.1940
    • NicknameBuccaneers
    • MascotBucky the Parrot
    • ColorsRed, black, and silver
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Barry Alumni

    • Joy Taylor

      Entertainment & Arts

      Host of the show 'Skip and Shannon: Undisputed'

    • Shaquille O'Neal

      Professional Sports

      Former NBA player; also a rapper, actor and sports analyst

    • Nancy Murray, O.P.

      Entertainment & Arts

      Dominican actor, playwright and stage director

    • Alexander Hannett

      Business & Industry

      Awarded Bronze Stevie for 'Marketer of the Year', 2014 Stevie Awards

    • Allyson Maynard Gibson

      Politics & Law

      Attorney General of The Bahamas

    • Alex Ferrer

      Politics & Law

      American television personality; also a lawyer, and retired judge


  • Bethune-Cookman University Seal

    Bethune-Cookman University

    Daytona Beach, Florida

    Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida
    • 3,831 Total Students
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    B-CU, a historically black institute began with the efforts of Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904. Founder, Bethune started the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for black girls and began classes with only five girls to teach. With sincerity in her mission to provide education, the institute soon flourished. It transitioned into Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute and by 1925 had merged completely with the Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, becoming Daytona-Cookman Collegiate Institute. It gradually progressed into a university afterwards and its name was altered adding ‘Bethune’ after its founder in 1931. It is based in Daytona Beach, Florida and affiliated with United Methodist Church.

    It was Bethune’s commitment to her purpose that was later selected to head a federal agency, Negro Affairs becoming the African American to do so. Under the leadership of Bethune, the institute steered in the right direction and produced many more leaders. One such was the Oswald P. Bronson, alumnus who also served as the President of the university for 29 years and hence was named president emeritus.

    At Bethune-Cookman University, student life is a unique mix of fun, creativity and connection with God and religion. There is university Chaplain which serves as the religious and spiritual center for the students as well as faculty seeking support. There is also chapel conducted, religious life organisations and religious events regulating religion and spirituality on campus. There is a center for civic engagement as well as council for domestic violence empowerment. The university also operates its Performing Arts Center which brings creative performances from broadways to symphonies for the public as well as the university. The university also has its athletic teams, ‘Wildcats’ which participate at the NCAA Division I.

    Academic programs at the university include more than 35 Bachelors programs, six Master’s programs through 12 of its schools and colleges. Its prominent facility is the Carl S. Swisher Library.

    B-CU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1904
    • NicknameWildcats
    • MascotWil D Cat
    • MottoEnter to Learn, Depart to Serve
    • ColorsMaroon and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Div I FCS
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

  • Broward College Seal

    Broward College

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • 43,078 Total Students
    • 29 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    A state college, BC began as Junior College of Broward County (JCBC) in 1959. It was in 1957, two years earlier that the state began planning for establishing two year higher education institutes across Florida and this junior college was among those formed. Classes began with the junior college in 1960 and the coming years saw the institute growing, its campus expanding and its programs too. It was with the beginning of the 21st century that the college further shaped and adopted its present name.

    This college is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is part of the Florida College System. With the institute being considered among the affordable colleges in the South Florida, the college opens up to every individual with the aim of providing them with ever resource needed to become an empowered citizen determined to carve out a successful career.

    Campus life at Broward College is filled with every unique and fun activity, making it a lifelong experience for its students. The first point of interaction for every student are the many student run clubs and organisations present on campus, where they can make social interactions. Then there are visual and cultural performances such as plays, concerts, filming and also stargazing and poetry. This allows its students to experiment with their creative expression and walk out of their usual academic routine. Moreover, there are opportunities for students to polish their leadership skills which they do by being ambassadors for the college where the students help new and prospective students learn about the college. Students also volunteer in their spare time, with the community organisations such as Walk for Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity and others. Athletics are also taken up by students who then participate at the NCJAA. The college’s campus colors are Blue and White.

    Academics at the college consist of Bachelors Degree programs as well as Associates and Certificates and diplomas in eight academic disciplines. There are more than100 programs offered. The notable facilities include Judson A. Samuels South Campus, Buehler Planetarium and others.

    BC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959
    • NicknameSeahawks
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • Athletics6 major sports teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous BC Alumni

    • Parris N. Glendening

      Politics & Law

      Former Governor of Maryland

    • Jim Naugle

      Politics & Law

      Formerly held office as mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    • Johnathan Walton

      Entertainment & Arts

      Emmy award winning reporter

    • Mike Donald

      Professional Sports

      Professional golfer

    • Drake Hogestyn

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor, best known for playing John Black on Days of Our Lives

    • Rita Mae Brown

      Entertainment & Arts

      Author, poet, essayist and also ascreenwriter


  • Chipola College Seal

    Chipola College

    Marianna, Florida

    • 2,133 Total Students
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Chipola is a Public institute and a state college that was established in the year 1947. It was founded as a junior college, named ‘Chipola Junior College’. The institute had been evolving its curriculum; however the transition towards a higher education institute is only recent as the college added bachelor’s degree programs, recently in 2003. The term ‘junior’ was then dropped out of it. It was named, ‘Chipola’ after the Chipola River, located within a miles distance from the campus.

    It is situated in Marianna in Florida and brings an academically rich experience for its students. With its programs and opportunities, it is considered an education source for the five counties. With expert faculty, dedicated staff and students committed to learn, Chipola College aims to become the way forward.

    At Chipola, students learn to be organized and disciplined while pursuing higher education and experiencing a fun and entertaining lifestyle. They are to abide by Honor Code and be open to diversity and inclusion. For learning and growth outside classrooms, students take part in student clubs and organizations. There are 22 students clubs on campus which offer spirituality, culture, science, Honor societies as well as Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA brings and supports student events and activities. There is a strong culture of fine arts and performing arts among the students.  There are theatrical performances, music groups, event called Artists series, organized by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and many other events throughout the year. The college also brings community engagement activities through its arts centers such as Applause Campaign, a fundraising event and a Community Chorus which brings singers from the community to participate. Athletics are also part of the campus life at Chipola. The teams participate at the NJCAA Region 8. The campus colors are Blue and Gold.

    Academic offerings at Chipola include eight Bachelor degree programs and more than 10 Associate programs. It also offers a range Certificate programs. Its notable facilities are Dr. Gene Prough Center for the Arts and McLendon Fine Arts Building.

    Chipola School Facts

    • Years Estd.1947
    • MascotIndians
    • ColorsBlue and gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Chipola Alumni

    • Mat Gamel

      Professional Sports

      Current Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers

    • Eric Yelding

      Professional Sports

      Former Major League Baseball player

    • Marti Coley

      Politics & Law

      Current member of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Elam Stoltzfus

      Entertainment & Arts

      Environmental filmmaker and cinematographer with Live Oak Production Group

    • Ricky Polston

      Politics & Law

      Current justice on the Florida Supreme Court


  • City College

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    • 490 Total Students
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    City College is a private coeducational higher education institute which started in 1984 as Draughon’s College of Business. It was a branch of the Draughons Junior College, however within three years was taken over and established as Career City College. Within a year it started adding campuses to it and by 1989 was also awarding its first Associate degree. It wasn’t before 1999 when the college started awarding Bachelor’s degrees.

    It adopted its present name in 1994, as City College, Inc. and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The college is committed strongly to preparing its students for progressive careers in their desired fields. It offers innovative approach towards learning, with added practical experience, and transforming students into self motivated individuals.

    The college offers many advantages over other institutes. It offers those fields of study that have high career prospects and then the education at the institute comes with practical experience. Students enjoy learning with faculty that are expert in their respective fields. The faculty are industry professionals and so bring present day experience and career knowledge like no other. With small classroom advantage, the students enjoy a personal and up close interaction with their teachers which allows individualised attention and growth. For those of its students that lack or fall behind are provided with additional tutoring and coaching for free. Students also take part in ‘Ambassador Program’ where they provide peer help in making the most out of their time at the college. These ambassadors help with academic and other personal development problems that need attention. Another great advantage at the college is that it is a multi campus facility and has five campuses in Altamonte Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Hollywood and Miami Further extension towards those who wish to begin their journeys with the college is provided through Online programs. The college also exercises student interaction with each other and the community through events such as Blood Drives, Career Fair, workshops and other.

    There are 20 academic programs offered at the college; 15 Associate level programs and 5 Bachelor level programs.

    City College School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • College of Central Florida

    Ocala, Florida

    • 7,452 Total Students
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    CF is a public state college that was established in the year 1957 as Central Florida Junior College with the purpose of providing educational opportunities to Citrus, Levy and Marion counties in the state. Instructions at the college began a year later in 1958. In 1966, this junior college merged with another college in the region, Hampton Junior College. In 1971, the institute became Central Florida Community College.

    It was in 2010, that the college adopted its present name, College of Central Florida. Part of the Florida College System, CF presently has campuses and centers throughout the three counties. The college is on a mission to equip its students with the best of education in order to empower them as leaders and engage them with their communities.

    Student life at the CF is comprehensive, focusing on not just academic needs of the students but also nurturing them and providing resources for physical wellbeing and healthy social and community interaction. Students actively take part in student formed groups and clubs which not only serves as social platforms, but help in developing a variety of interests and a way to learn leadership skills. Students also help arrange events and activities on campus. Arts and culture is particularly celebrated at the campus, where students bring events such as poetry series, theatre performances, film series and other such to the campus. There is also the museum and art gallery, housed by the college which further provide creative display and collection of artists. Students are further assisted in their academic endeavours by being provided with professional help through Career Services, which not only brings potential job opportunities and internships but also prepares its students for the positions through mock interviews, writing help and more. CF has its athletic teams, that take part in NJCAA Region 8 and its teams are called ‘Patriots’.

    Academic programs at CF consist of more than 30 programs along with Associate of Arts with over 50 choices in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its notable facilities are the Webber Center Gallery and Appleton Museum of Art.

    CF School Facts

    • Years Estd.1957
    • NicknamePatriots
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8 Mid-Florida Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Daytona State College

    Daytona Beach, Florida

    Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida
    • 14,292 Total Students
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Daytona State is a public higher education institute that had its beginning as Daytona Beach Junior College established by the Florida Legislature in 1957. By 1965 the junior college merged with Volusia County Community College and with it came a name change as Daytona Beach Community College. Not only did the name change but the college progressed in its academic curriculum as well.

    It further progressed as a college in 2008 and came to its present identity as Daytona State College. It is based in Daytona Beach, Florida, and aims to be a comprehensive college offering a multitude of programs with the goal to achieving excellence, creating knowledge and focusing on innovation towards present day challenges and community enrichment.

    Daytona State College is a place which allows growth in every sphere of its students’ lives with the campus offering many diversified opportunities for students to seek and develop in their interests. The primary student organisation is the Student Government Association which provides a chance to develop leadership skills and policy making while working to improve overall campus life for the fellow students and bring activities and events to campus. For student success, many of these activities and programs come as formal and informal learning activities. There are also other student led clubs, more than 50 on campus which serve as social and skill development platforms in other areas. There is a unique Global Education program at the campus and which aims to create a more integrated society. It holds multicultural awareness activities and events. Recreational opportunities and activities are given equal importance and the students find fitness and an aquatic center on campus. There are also college athletic teams that take part in NJCAA Region 8. The campus colors are Blue and White and the mascot is ‘Falcon’.

    The academic programs at Daytona State consist of over 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree program. Its prestigious departments/facilities are Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management, and Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art.

    Daytona State School Facts

    • Years Estd.1957
    • MascotFalcon
    • MottoScientia potentia est (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Knowledge is power
    • ColorsBlue and white
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference7 sports teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Daytona State Alumni

    • Joyce Cusack

      Politics & Law

      Member of the House of Representatives, Florida

    • Tiffany Chan

      Professional Sports

      Golfer and 2016 Olympian

    • Herbert L. Becker

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor, magician, entertainer and author

    • Hal Prewitt

      Entertainment & Arts

      Artist, photographer and entrepreneur; also racecar driver and inventor of personal computer technology

    • Dwayne L. Taylor

      Politics & Law

      Member of the House of Representatives, Florida

    • Richard Gibbs

      Entertainment & Arts

      Film composer and music producer

    • Solomon Jones

      Professional Sports

      NBA basketball player


  • Digital Media Arts College

    Boca Raton, Florida

    Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton, Florida
    • 306 Total Students
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    DMAC is a private, and for profit institute that is a recent addition to higher education institutes, being founded in the year 2002. Specifically focusing its resources on a specific field, it has become the center for studies in the field of digital media. It had also received accreditation for its programs in a very short span of time, by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and has also applied for the accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

    Digital Media Arts College is based in Boca Raton, Florida and provides highest quality higher education in the field of media arts, to a diverse set of students and trains each individual to explore its unique perspective and ideas while also focusing their energies on career preparedness and professional development.

    At DMAC, students find a small and welcoming community of students and faculty, where they enjoy exploring their creativity and enjoy learning with their fellow students. The students find an equally vibrant environment to enjoy both on and off campus. On campus, students get involved in competitions, events providing entertainment as well as guest speakers and workshop which facilitate learning outside classrooms. These also serve as great tools for network building and facilitating interpersonal communication. Off campus students find a vibrant community and a creative culture, fuelling inspiration and ideas. Students can enjoy plays and international film festivals in the region to get away from studies. The students at the college are also encouraged for community service and advocacy. It is believed that giving back to the community creates a sense of leadership in students as they learn to be more responsible and also that it helps them in their career fulfilment. Students put in their volunteering hours by working for organisations in partner with the college or any other of their choice.

    Academic programs offered at the college are two Associate degree programs, two Bachelors degree programs and three Masters Degree program.

    DMAC School Facts

    • Years Estd.2002
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Eastern Florida State College

    Cocoa, Florida

    Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, Florida
    • 15,593 Total Students
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    EFSC is a public state institute and is part of the Florida College System. The college’s history goes back to 1960 when it was founded as Brevard Junior College, and in three years merged with Carver Junior College, which was also founded in year 1960. It became a community college by 1970 with the creation of two year college system. The transition happened in 2013 when it added bachelor’s degree program.

    Eastern Florida State College is based in Brevard County, Florida and has campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville. The college is committed to providing access to quality education and an environment which promotes learning, growth and instils passion at both personal and professional levels.

    At EFSC students find great number of opportunities to be involved in things they find interesting, both inside and outside classrooms. Students find student led clubs and organisation on all four campuses, which offer a range of directions and skills set. There are also Student Government Associations which oversee all the activity and are the opportunity for the students to learn officer duties and leadership by taking part in them. The campus also allows students for a creative display of their expression and talents through performing and visual arts activities, bringing theatre, musical and dance acts as well as fine arts exhibits. For students wanting to get a practical experience of their learning and skills, while also being interested in community service, they find Service-Learning to be a great opportunity at the campus as it allows them to gain access outside campus and be involved in real world problems. There is also ‘Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)’ program which works to empower women in the respective fields and careers. There is also athletic participation at NJCAA Region 8 by the teams.

    Academic programs available at the college are undergraduate programs consisting of 16 Bachelors degree programs, 31 Associate degree programs along with technical certificates, diplomas, and college credit certificates. Its notable facilities are Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Harry T. and Harriette Moore Multicultural Center and Simpkins Fine Arts Center.

    EFSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1960
    • MascotTitans
    • MottoExplore. Achieve. Succeed.
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 811 major sports teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous EFSC Alumni

    • Bill Posey

      Politics & Law

      United States Representative from Florida

    • Paul Azinger

      Professional Sports

      PGA Tour golfer and also 1993 PGA Championship winner

    • Pete Marino

      Professional Sports

      Former Major League Soccer player

    • Steve Crisafulli

      Politics & Law

      Current member of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Bruce Bochy

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball manager

    • Warren Bolster

      Entertainment & Arts

      Skateboard photographer, published by the Skateboarder magazine and the Surfer Magazine


  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Seal

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

    Daytona Beach, Florida

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach in Daytona Beach, Florida
    • 5,806 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 40% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,580 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Embry-Riddle is a private university that specializes in providing education in the fields of aviation and aerospace. The present day institute traces its history to year 1926 when it was established as the Embry-Riddle Flying School, following the founding of Embry-Riddle Company by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle in year 1925.

    The present day Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University relocated from Miami, Florida to Daytona Beach in year 1965. With qualified and expert faculty, and learning centered environment, the university aims to equip its students with skills and professional knowledge needed to excel in their chosen fields.

    The university campus provides a vibrant and fulfilling environment for the students who find a great number of opportunities for learning, making relationships and finding their path to success. There are more than 100 student led clubs and groups that work to serve as collaborative spaces for sports, community engagement, Greek life as well as Student Government Association. There are also separate Leadership Development programs. The students are also given the chance to run their own Student Engagement and Student Union which work to support as well as organise events on campus such as the Fall and Spring Activities Fair, musical concerts, Blue & Gold Week held annually and other such. There is also extensive spiritual life present on campus; there is Chaplain’s office for advice and guidance as well as the Center for Faith and Spirituality which arranges outreach programs, missionary activities, offers fellowships and also promotes other religious based activities and faiths present on campus. There are sports and athletic participation as well, with teams competing at NCAA Division II. The university colors are Blue and Gold and the mascot is ‘Ernie the Eagle’.

    The academic programs offered at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus are 26 undergraduate degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and five doctoral degrees. Some of the notable facilities are Jack R. Hunt Memorial Library, McKay Hall, Lehman Engineering and Technology Center, Emil Buehler College of Maintenance building and others.

    Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Alumni

    • James Hagedorn

      Business & Industry

      Chairman and CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro and former F-16 fighter pilot

    • Jeffrey B. Cashman

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Air National Guard Brigadier General

    • Ronald J. Garan, Jr.

      Science & Medicine

      Astronaut and US Air Force Colonel

    • Karen L. Magnussen

      Professional Sports

      RollerJam skater and a Junior Olympic speedskating title holder

    • Hitesh Patel

      Business & Industry

      Executive Vice President at Kingfisher Airlines

    • Patrice C. Washington

      Business & Industry

      First African-American captain of a major airline

    • Terry W. Virts

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Astronaut and US Air Force Colonel

    • Jack Weinstein

      Science & Medicine

      US Air Force Major General


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    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

    Daytona Beach, Florida

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide in Daytona Beach, Florida
    • 13,740 Total Students
    • 66% Acceptance Rate
    • 76% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 942 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Embry Riddle Worldwide is a private higher education institute and is one of the campuses of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The university was established in year 1926 by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle, who had a year earlier founded Embry-Riddle Company, the institute’s predecessor.

    Presently, Embry-Riddle is among the largest institutes offering specialised education in the fields of aviation and aerospace, with fully accredited programs. With its worldwide campus, the university is offering courses through more than 135 locations, both in America as well as globally. It is also offering online education and has the parent also runs residential colleges in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona.

    At its worldwide campus, Embry-Riddle aims to offer every opportunity at growing through its quality education, student centered learning environment, specialised courses and programs, and extra counsel and support that students need. With its online education, the university campus has extended its outreach considerably as well as added flexibility of schedule to its programs. In addition to this, the university has also added increased interactive features to its education and online programs, such as offering a virtual online classroom environment. There is web video conferencing, synchronous learning and learning management system software. With its physical campus branches located worldwide, many operate on military bases. Besides, with world class academics, the university provides complementary services to its students by preparing them for their careers before they have graduated. This it does through its career services which helps students map out their career choices and courses and then hep them launch a bright career through EagleHire and CareerShift. It also runs Co-op/Internship (COIN) Program which offers the unique experience of gaining professional exposure before the studies have ended.

    At the worldwide campus, the academic programs offered are three Certificate programs, six Associate degree programs, 15 Bachelors degree programs and 19 Masters programs and a Doctoral program.

    Embry Riddle Worldwide School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Altierus Career College

    Orlando, Florida

    • 9,057 Total Students
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Everest University (EU) is a non-profit private university that has been established in Florida in 1940. The university was established as for-profit college under the name of Fort Lauderdale College of Business and Finance. The University was also known till 2007 as Florida Metropolitan University  when it got its current name, Everest University. In 2018, the college name was changed to Altierus Career College.

    The college recently faced several legal and financial difficulties. It was accused of abusing low income families seeking university education and better jobs for their children through aggressive marketing campaigns through the internet, TV shows and telecommunications. In 2012 and 2013, the University was shut down due to low job placement rates. At the same time, the college was subject to financial investigations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  These difficulties ended up by converting the university into a non-profit college in 2015 when its previous owner, Corinthian College, had to terminate its work and then its administration was turned to the non-profit Zenith Education group.

    The new owner of the university, Zenith group, is a newly founded organization that has successfully completed the acquisition of more than 50 campuses from WyoTech and Everest Universities. EU currently has 21 campuses distributed on 11 states. Its primary focus is to provide the students with education that is in close proximity to the industry aiming at improving their job opportunities. It is accredited by ACICS, however, it still lacks regional accreditation which makes many universities with regional accreditation reject credit transfer for its students.

    The university offers Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 16 different programs. These programs include more than 700 courses which are offered in flexible schedules targeting working students including morning and evening classes. The University also offers several online Bachelor’s and associate degrees.

    Everest School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Flagler College Seal

    Flagler College

    Saint Augustine, Florida

    Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida
    • 2,701 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,260 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Flagler College, commonly known as Flagler, is a private four year educational institute offering liberal arts education in St. Augustine, Florida. It was named after its founder Henry Morrison Flagler who established in 1986. Henry Flagler was an industrialist, a rail road frontier and Florida east coast developer. Flagler College was first established in the Ponce de León Hotel which was originally built as a luxury hotel since 1988 by Henry M. Flagler. Henry M. Flagler granted Lawrence Lewis the leadership to establish the board of trustees to inaugurate Flagler College. Lawrence Lewis remained to be the chairman of the board of trustees for more than 20 years and was successful to support Flagler College with millions of dollars from several organizations, family members and personal funds. These funds helped Flagler College to be expanded in terms of building new constructions, restoring old ones and increasing the offered academic programs. Flagler campus occupies around 19 acres  surrounded by wonderful gardens of oaks and palms. St. Augustine’s history returns back to 1565 when it was constructed by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, a Spanish explorer, and remained as one of the marvelous touristic attractions in Florida since then.

    Flagler’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding learning environment in a wonderful campus full of magical gardens and plants to be able to achieve their goals. Such environment would help them build up their intellectual capabilities, personal skills and be productive responsible citizens.

    Flagler College is ranked the 2nd in the South regional colleges according to the U.S. News and World’s Reports in 2017. It was ranked by the Princeton Reviews as one of the best 381 educational institutes offering undergraduate education in the U.S. In addition, its campus was ranked the 4th by “College Magazine’s Top 10 Schools for Beach Lovers” on July 2016, and the 2nd by BuzzFeed on “25 Of The Most Beautiful College Campuses In The World”.

    Flagler offers 45 undergraduate programs with more than 30 majors and minors and 1 master’s program.

    Flagler School Facts

    • Years Estd.1968
    • NicknameSaints
    • ColorsCrimson and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Flagler Alumni

    • Lisa De Pasquale

      Social Advocacy & Service

      An author and conservative activist and director of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Author of the memoir Finding Mr. Righteous in 2014.

    • Linda Ellen Evans

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American science fiction novels writer, and author of four anthologies and ten novels.

    • Theresa Meeker

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American writer and the owner of Theresa's Reviews. An active member in Student Filmmakers Magazine.

    • Robert Reyes

      Professional Sports

      An American former basketball player with a Filipino origin, popularly known as Rob. A former player in the NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

    • Marco Warren

      Professional Sports

      A football player and a Midfielder in PHC Zebras in the Bermudian Premier Division and a former player in Flagler college football team.


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    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    Tallahassee, Florida

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida
    • 9,928 Total Students
    • 51% Acceptance Rate
    • 50% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,832 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University known as FAMU or Florida A & M is a public university located in Tallahassee, Florida, which was founded to serve the African American people. It was established on the 3rd of October, 1887 as the State Normal College for black students in its current place on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee. In 1891, it was granted an amount of 7,500 $ by the second Morrill Act to be changed into State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students. In 1905, it was changed again by Buckman Act to be a higher education institute known by the modern Florida A&M University. Florida A&M changed its name again to be Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes, then Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1909 and 1953 respectively. In 1951, Florida A&M expanded its programs to include both nursing and pharmacy and inaugurated a hospital. There was no other hospitals in more than 150 miles to serve black people till 1971. Although the main campus is located in Tallahassee, FAMU has other campuses in Florida where college of pharmacy, college of law and research and development center are located in Miami, Orlando and Quincy.

    Florida A & M mission is providing students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels with a special academic environment where they can learn how to apply the knowledge, personal skills and intellectual abilities they gained to ideally serve the society.

    FAMU is the oldest one among the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Florida A&M was ranked the 1st among the HBCUs public institutes and the 7th among all the HBCUs by the U.S. News & World Report college rankings in 2017. In 2015, FAMU was selected by the National Science Foundation to be the 1st in the outlay amount spent for research and development.

    Florida A&M offers 58 undergraduate programs and 5 master and doctoral programs. The degrees are offered through 7 colleges and 7 schools. In addition FAMU includes more than 15 research centers and institutes.

    Florida A&M School Facts

    • Years Estd.October 3, 1887 (1887-10-03)
    • NicknameRattlers and Lady Rattlers
    • MascotVenom the Rattlesnake
    • MottoExcellence With Caring
    • ColorsOrange and Green
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – MEAC
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

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    Florida Atlantic University

    Boca Raton, Florida

    Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida
    • 30,380 Total Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 32% Enrollment Rate
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 15,847 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Atlantic University is a public university known as Florida Atlantic or FAU. Its main campus is located in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition, it has five more satellite campuses in Florida located in Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, and in Jupiter cities. Florida Atlantic was approved to be inaugurated as a State University in 1955 by the Florida Legislature in order to serve the south area of Florida. FAU main campus was first established on Boca Raton Army Airfield whose role was to be the only facility for radar training during the World War II during the 1940s. The university opened its doors for the first time on the 14th of September 1964 then a year later, it opened its student housing in campus. FAU first awarded degree was in 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson was granted an honorary doctoral degree. FAU expanded its campuses later on when it inaugurated its second campus as commercial based one in 1971. FAU served as a graduate level educational institute only till 1984, when it opened its undergraduate programs. Afterwards, three campuses have been added in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas Boulevard, Davie in western Broward County and Dania Beach in 1985, 1990 and 1997 respectively. FAU main campus in Boca Raton occupies the whole area of the Boca Raton airport in addition to 5,860 acres of the surrounding area.

    FAU states its mission is to be helping students achieve privilege in high quality education, research, scholarships, intellectual abilities and engagement within the surrounding communities.

    Florida Atlantic is ranked by U.S. News & World Report to be the 27th in the list of the most diverse universities in the U.S and also second-tier University in the Best Colleges list. Its community of students is characterized by being diverse in races, origins, and culture.

    FAU offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degrees in different fields through 10 colleges. In addition, it offers more than 10 distant online degrees.

    Florida Atlantic School Facts

    • Years Estd.1961
    • NicknameOwls
    • MascotOwlsley the Owl
    • Motto"Where Tomorrow Begins"
    • ColorsFAU Blue & FAU Red
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I – C-USA19 varsity teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Florida Atlantic Alumni

    • Charles Ghigna

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American poet and writer of more than 5,000 poems in many newspapers and magazines. An author of more than 100 children books such as Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Boyds Mills Press.

    • Judith Ortiz Cofer

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American writer and author of many autobiographies, short stories, essays and poems.

    • Philip R. Zimmermann

      Science & Medicine

      Also known as Phil and the inventor of the most famous email encryption software in the world, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).

    • Steven Ray Swanson

      Science & Medicine

      A famous American NASA astronaut and engineer. Winner of many awards such as NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the JSC Certificate of Accommodation.

    • Robert David Paulison

      Social Advocacy & Service

      An American fire chief and a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    • Frank T. Brogan

      Education & Advocacy

      An American educator and expert in educational administrator. A current Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and former President of Florida Atlantic University.


  • Florida College

    Temple Terrace, Florida

    • 550 Total Students
    • 81% Acceptance Rate
    • 75% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 297 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida College (FC) is a private Christian national coeducational institute that was established as a junior college in the City of Temple Terrace, Florida, in 1946. Its campus is located only 13 kilometers away from northeast of the City of Tampa, Florida. The college has attracted most of its students, faculty and staff from the non-institutional churches of Christ. FC was founded mainly to provide biblical studies, trainings and support for priests and pastors. During the 1950s, most of the students in FC were old people, however, during the 1960s; its policies changes to include students outside churches of Christ. In 1963, students and faculty voted to remove the word “Christian” from the college’s name. During the 1970s, the majority of students became from churches of Christ. However, they were much younger and more imitative than those who joined FC during the 1950s. In 1996, FC inaugurated its first accredited four-year undergraduate program in Arts in Biblical Studies. Since then, FC expanded its undergraduate programs to include business, communication, liberal studies, history and elementary education. FC campus has a unique location where it is surrounded by the Hillsborough River at one side, while the other three sides of the campus are surrounded by the private golf course land of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.

    FC mission is to help students build up their intellectual skills, personal development and spiritual life. It aims at including the Bible in the students’ lives in order to be well-prepared to serve God and the surrounding community.

    The college is ranked to be the highest university in the nation to receive donations from its alumni across USA from 2011 till 2013. FC campus has the most two historic buildings in the City of Terrace. The first is Sutton Hall which returns back to 1922 when it was built as a club house for the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The second one is the students’ center which was built originally as the Club Morocco Nightclub and Casino.

    FC offers 17 undergraduate programs in bible, liberal arts, science, sports, and music with 25 majors.

    FC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1946
    • NicknameFalcons
    • MottoLearning, Living, Leading His Way
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Florida Gateway College Seal

    Florida Gateway College

    Lake City, Florida

    Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida
    • 2,860 Total Students
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Gateway College (FGC) is a state college educational institute that is located in the Lake City in Florida. It was first established as the Columbia Forestry School in 1947.  Columbia Forestry School changed its name in 1950 to be the University of Florida Forest Ranger School in 1950. In 1961, it was approved to be Lake City Junior College, a member of the 28 educational institutes in the state that offer two-year educational programs. In 1970, the word “Community” replaced the word “Junior” in the name of the college to reveal the professional curricula the college provides to its students. Finally, on the 10th of November, 2009, the Florida legislature approved the removal of the word “Community” from the name so the institute could be eligible to offer four-year undergraduate programs.  The name has been changed be Florida Gateway College starting 1st of July, 2010.

    FGC campus occupies around 132 acres surrounded by pinelands full of azalea bushes and crepe myrtle trees. In addition to the main campus, the college has three satellite campuses located in Macclenny, Cross City & Bell cities in Florida. Its educational service is extended to the surrounding districts especially the five-county district that includes Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist and Union counties. FGC campus is only 6 miles away from Lake City Gateway Airport. It was chosen by Florida Leader Magazine as the most beautiful campus in Florida owing to the natural pineland gardens abundant within the main campus area.

    FGC mission is to provide its students with outstanding academic curricula, high quality education and affordable tuition.

    FGC offers 3 bachelor degrees, 20 associate degrees in arts and science, and 40 college credit and occupational certificates. The most demanded and famous area fields in FGC since 2006 are Corrections, Emergency Medical Technology, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Nursing.

    FGC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1947
    • NicknameTimberwolves
    • Motto"Your hometown college"
    • ColorsGreen and white
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsAthletic program discontinued
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FGC Alumni

    • Reginald Damascus Abercrombie

      Professional Sports

      A famous baseball player. Former player in Florida Marlins and Houston Astros and a current player in the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.

    • Heath Michael Phillips

      Professional Sports

      A famous pitcher and a current player in the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

    • Fain Skinner

      Professional Sports

      An American famous car race driver and a winner of the National Champion of the World Karting Association in 1999. An awardee of Florida Karting Association championship for four times.


  • Florida Gulf Coast University Seal

    Florida Gulf Coast University

    Fort Myers, Florida

    Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida
    • 14,833 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 22 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 13,608 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a public high educational institute that is located in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida. It was established as a state university to provide high educational services to southwestern area of Florida. Board of Regents in Florida recommended inauguration of FGCU as the tenth state university in Florida in 1991, then selected its site which was a gift from Ben Hill Griffin III and Alico in 1992. In April 1993, Roy McTarnaghan was selected to be the founding president of the new university. Plans for campus construction started in February 1994 and in the same year the university got its name by the Florida Legislature. On March 1996, the Board of Regents approved the inaugural academic programs. The first class was accepted in January 1997 and the operation of classes started in August 1997. The campus occupies around 760 acres between Alico and Corkscrew Roads at the east side of Interstate 75.

    FGCU mission is to provide students with superior educational services at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It intends to achieve academic privilege in the development of science and technology based academic programs and research centers. The students are prepared by their faculty members to be fruitful, creative and reliable citizens capable of serving Southwest Florida and beyond.

    FGCU is ranked as the first-tier university in the region. Also, its business school is selected to be one of the top 301 business schools in the U.S. by Princeton Reviews. FGCU curriculum has a unique requirement for graduation which is attending the University Colloquium. It was established in an ecologically sensitive area within the campus and aiming at teaching student the significance of ecology and preservation.

    FGCU offers 51 undergraduate degrees, 29 master’s degrees and 6 doctoral degrees through 8 colleges and schools. Some of the outstanding schools in FGCU are Bower School of Music & the Arts, Lutgert College of Business, and U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering.

    FGCU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1991
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotAzul the Eagle
    • Motto"Truth, Knowledge, Wisdom."
    • ColorsCobalt Blue and Emerald Green
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IAtlantic Sun Conference6 men's varsity teams9 women's
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FGCU Alumni

    • Richard Sidney Bleier

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player and a pitcher in the New York Yankees organization of Major League Baseball (MLB).

    • Sherwood Terrell Brown

      Professional Sports

      An American basketball player. A former player in Florida Gulf Coast University team and a current player in Byblos of the FLB League.

    • Matthew H. Caldwell

      Politics & Law

      Commonly known as Matt. A republican member in the representatives of Florida House. Former representative of 73rd District and current representative of 79th District.

    • Donald Wayne Carman

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player. A former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher and a current sports psychologist in the Boras Corporation.

    • Joseph Casey Coleman

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball pitcher. Former player in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and Seattle Mariners and a current free agent.

    • Chase Fieler

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player. A former player in Florida Gulf Coast University team and a current player in Donar Groningen in the Netherlands.

    • Derek Lamely

      Professional Sports

      An American golf player and winner of PGA Tours in 2010 and Nationwide Tours in 2009.


  • Florida Institute of Technology Seal

    Florida Institute of Technology

    Melbourne, Florida

    Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida
    • 6,631 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 12% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 9,303 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida institute of Technology, commonly known as Florida Tech or FIT, is a private research based university. It is located in Melbourne, Florida. FIT was established by Dr. Jerome P. Keuper as Brevard Engineering College in 1958. Former buildings in Melbourne Municipal Airport, previously used by the Naval Air Station Melbourne, were used to conduct classes for almost three years. Later on, the university moved to its current location in Melbourne, Florida. During the 1960s, several classrooms, laboratories, the Denius Student Center, a library, dormitories, Gleason Auditorium and Hedgecock Gymnasium were established. Brevard Engineering College changed its name officially to Florida Institute of Technology in 1966. The year 1990 witnessed the opening of The Claude Pepper Institute for Aging and Therapeutic Research and Skurla Hall, home of the School of Aeronautics. Florida Tech was granted an amount of 50 million dollars from the F. W. Olin Foundation to establish both engineering and life sciences buildings which were opened in 1999. The establishment of many research centers took place from 2005 till 2016.

    FIT main campus occupies 130 acres along the Space Coast region of the Atlantic Ocean. It has a unique location since it is near Florida Tech Research Park and Melbourne International Airport. Besides the main campus, FIT has Jensen Beach Campus that includes the School of Marine and Environmental Technology (SOMET) which is almost 50 miles away from the main campus. FGCU campus occupies around 760 acres between Alico and Corkscrew Roads at the east side of Interstate 75.

    The institute mission is to achieve academic excellence helping students realize their career goals, target higher educational opportunities and serve their society. It aims at providing the community with well-prepared graduates to fulfill the national and international needs.

    FIT is ranked by Times Higher Education as the 219th among the national universities and one of the top 800 over the world. It offers more than 60 undergraduate degrees, more than 100 master’s and doctoral degrees, and several online programs. FIT consists of 7 colleges and a school among them is the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business.

    Florida Tech School Facts

    • Years Estd.September 22, 1958
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MascotPete the Panther
    • MottoAd Astra Per Scientiam "To the stars through science."
    • ColorsCrimson and Gray
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Florida Tech Alumni

    • David Arnold King

      Science & Medicine

      An American main propulsion system engineer at NASA. The 10th director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center situated in Huntsville, Alabama.

    • Wassim Michael Haddad

      Science & Medicine

      An American engineer, mathematician and scientist of Lebanese origin, A current professor the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • Félix Soto Toro

      Science & Medicine

      An electrical designs engineer at NASA originally from Puerto Rico and developer of the Advanced Payload Transfer Measurement System.

    • Albert Scott Crossfield

      Science & Medicine

      An American pilot and navy officer and the first to fly successfully at a speed double of that of the light in 1953.

    • Sunita Lyn Williams

      Science & Medicine

      An American astronaut and navy officer with an Indian origin, commonly known as Suni. A record holder for total spacewalks by a woman.

    • George David Zamka

      Science & Medicine

      An American NASA astronaut and pilot of Marine Corps, commonly known as Zambo, with an experience of more than 3500 hours of flying in 30 different aircrafts.

    • Timothy Stephen Wakefield

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball pitcher, commonly known as Tim. A former player in Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.

    • Lela E. Buis

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American writer of short stories and science fiction. Author of many short stories such as “Old”, “Haunted” and “The Older People” and fictions such as “Desperate Lives” and “Hurricane Season”.


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    Florida International University

    Miami, Florida

    Florida International University in Miami, Florida
    • 49,782 Total Students
    • 50% Acceptance Rate
    • 39% Enrollment Rate
    • 25 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 21,442 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida International University (FIU) is the first and sole public university that offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees located in Miami, Florida. In 1943, the former senate Senator “Ernst Graham”, introduced his vision to the state legislature to inaugurate a public university in South Florida. In 1964, the Florida Senator Robert M. Haverfield presented Senate Bill 711 including the state Board of Education and the Board of Regents (BOR) instructions to establish a state university in Miami. A year later, the governor W. Haydon Burns signed that bill to approve initiation of a university offering two-year graduate degrees. In July 1969, the Board of Regents selected Charles Perry to be the founding president of FIU. The original Tamiami Airport site was chosen to be the place of its inauguration. The first classes opened their doors to student in September 1972.  Gregory Baker Wolfe, a former president of Portland State University, was selected to be the third president from 1979 till 1986 during which the university decided to include undergraduate programs and expand its graduate programs to include doctoral degrees.

    FIU main campus covers 573 acres. Its oldest building was the airport’s air traffic control tower. It is known now by Ivory Tower. Besides its main campus, FIU has other some campuses inside USA in South Florida, while others in China, Italy, Nervi and Genoa.

    FIU mission is to provide students in the area of South Florida with outstanding educational level, high quality research, creativity and concurrent connections both regionally and globally.

    FIU is ranked to be one of the top 10 largest public universities in USA, first in providing highest research activities by Carnegie classification and one of the best 5 providing international business programs in USA. It offers 191 bachelor’s degrees and more than 230 majors. In addition it offers 81 master’s degrees, 34 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degrees. FIU campus consists of 23 college and schools.

    FIU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1965; 52 years ago (1965)
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MascotRoary the Panther
    • MottoSpes Scientia Facultas (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Hope, Knowledge, Opportunity
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FIU Alumni

    • Ileana Carmen Ros-Lehtinen

      Politics & Law

      Most Senior U.S. representative in Florida. Former Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011–2013 and Current representor of Florida's 27th congressional district.

    • Andrés Arturo García Menéndez

      Entertainment & Arts

      A Cuban American actor, director and an Academy Award nominee for his role in “The Godfather Part III”. Actor in many Hollywood movies such as “Internal Affairs”, “Ocean’s Twelve”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, and “The Lost City”.

    • Dennis Lehane

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American novel writer and an author of many novels converted to films such as “Mystic River”.

    • Carlos Alberto Arroyo Bermúdez

      Professional Sports

      A famous basketball player from Puerto Rico. Former player in the National Basketball Association with the Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, and Boston Celtics and a current player in Leones de Ponce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.

    • Elsa Alina Murano

      Science & Medicine

      A professor of microbiology and immunology and a former President of Texas A&M University.

    • Kirill Reznik

      Politics & Law

      An American politician from Maryland, a member of the Democratic Party and one of the three members of Delegates in Maryland House from 39th District.

    • Michael Averett Lowell

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player, commonly known as "Mike". Former player in the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, and the Boston Red Sox.


  • Florida Memorial University

    Miami Gardens, Florida

    • 1,467 Total Students
    • 24% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,101 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Memorial University (FMUniv) is a historically black institute founded in 1879, in Live Oak, Florida. The University moved and changed its name several times since its establishment. It is one of the first academic centers to operate in Florida with its first regular class starting in 1880. However, in 1892 unknown person shot fires inside the school. This led to the feeling of insecurity by the staff motivating all of them to move to Jacksonville to establish the Florida Baptist Academy. The original school continued to operate after this incidence. Four years later, the two schools merged again into Florida Normal and Technical Institute. In 1918, the school moved to St. Augustine on a large 110-acre campus that was previously one of the largest slave plantations in Florida. Finally, FMUniv moved to its current location in Miami Gardens in 1968.

    FMUniv has the official colors of royal blue and orange with its mascot being Fighting Lions. The 44-acre campus has a distinctive library named after Nathan W. Collier who was the third president of the university. The library contains more than 120,000 volumes, two information commons area as well as several study and audiovisual rooms. The library subscribes also to 30 databases and more than 500 periodicals. Moreover, it contains two special collections: the Dr. Laban Connor Black Collection and The Rev. I. C. Mickins Theological and Sermonic Research. The campus also includes Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts which is a 450 seat theatre aimed to serve as an educational facility and performance center for the community. There is also the Smith conference center consisting of three separate meeting rooms each with 130 seating capacity.

    FMUniv is a private co-educational institute. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund. The university has six academic schools divided into eight divisions. It offers 41 undergraduate programs and 4 graduate programs. Additionally, the university offers pre-college program through the Lion’s Pre-College Experience Institute. This program aims to support more than 700 students of the surrounding community with critical needs.

    FMUniv School Facts

    • Years Estd.1879
    • NicknameFloMo
    • MascotFighting Lions
    • MottoLeadership, Character, Service
    • ColorsRoyal Blue & Orange
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNAIA
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

    Famous FMUniv Alumni

    • Barrington Irving, Jr.

      Social Advocacy & Service

      First African American to fly alone around the world

    • Freddie Lee Peterkin

      Entertainment & Arts

      Soul and Gospel singer


  • Florida National University-Main Campus

    Hialeah, Florida

    Florida National University-Main Campus in Hialeah, Florida
    • 2,492 Total Students
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida National University (FNU) has been established in 1993 as a for-profit college by Dr. José Regueiro, Mrs. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. It has two campuses; the main campus in Hialeah and the south campus in St Miami, Florida. Additionally, FNU has a separate training center in Hialeah. The University is currently administred by a board of governors consisting of two chairpersons, three permanent members, three non-permanent members in addition to an honorary member.

    FNU main campus is covers around 56,000 sq.ft. with a four story building that includes various labs, a media center, reception area and the administrative offices. The south campus occupies around 25,000 sq.ft. located on the top of a large shopping mall. In 2013, the university initiated a basketball team under the nickname Conquistadors. In the same year, Florida International University sued FNU for the similarity of their names; however, it lost the lawsuit.

    In 1997, the college received its first accreditation from SACS. The accreditation was reaffirmed five years later. In 2008, the university was awarded a more advanced degree level (II) accreditation allowing it to offer baccalaureate degrees. Four years later the university received accreditation to offer more advanced degree programs and changed its name from Florida National College to its current name. Currently FNU offers 10 undergraduate degree, 3 master degree, 25 associate degree, 9 diploma and 8 certificate programs. The university also offers distant learning undergraduate, master and associate degree programs. FNU offers more than 20 scholarship programs. Students are allowed to apply to only one of these scholarships each time. Some scholarships require minimum of society service hours by the students while others are based on academic or athletic achievements.

    FNU School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Florida Southern College Seal

    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland, Florida

    Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida
    • 2,869 Total Students
    • 45% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 6,190 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida southern college (FSC) is the oldest four-year private college in Florida. It was established in 1883 in Orlando under the name Florida Southern. Since then the college relocated several times. It relocated two years after its establishment to Leesburg. In 1901, FSC moved to Sutherland which is now called Palm Harbor. In the early 1920s, fires caused the college to move temporarily to Clearwater beach before terminally relocating to its current campus in Lakeland. It got its current name in 1935 based on a decision by its board of trustees.

    The current FSC campus covers 110 acres with 70 buildings. It is considered the largest collection in the world of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. The campus is registered as a historic district on the National Register of Historic places. It has also been recently included within the National Historic Landmarks. The campus has been chosen as the most beautiful campus in the United States several times. It includes several distinctive buildings as Barnett Residential Life Center, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Buckner Building, Ordway Building, Polk County Science Building and E.T. Roux Library. The university is expanding its campus by acquiring several residential complexes in the neighborhoods. The official colors for FSC are the scarlet and white while its mascot is the Water Moccasin.

    FSC has prominent athletic teams participating in Sunshine State conference. It has won NCAA Division II championship 29 times. The College provides facilities for more than 10 different sports for men and women.

    FSC offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in various disciplines including science, arts, education and nursing. It also offers masters and doctoral degrees. It adopts teaching style that encourages engaged learning with emphasis on internships and undergraduate research. A wide variety of scholarships are provided by the college through different schemes including athletic achievement, academic-merit based and special interest scholarships. The University schools include Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise which has been named after Carol Jenkins Barnett’s husband. Carol provided undisclosed funds supporting the construction of new undergraduate business building.

    Florida Southern School Facts

    • Years Estd.1883
    • NicknameMoccasins
    • MascotWater Moccasin
    • MottoLux Sapientia Lex (Latin: "Light, Wisdom, Law")
    • ColorsScarlet and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Florida Southern Alumni

    • Matthew Ryan Joyce

      Professional Sports

      American professional baseball player

    • Lee McLeod Janzen

      Professional Sports

      professional golfer who won the U.S. Open twice

    • Cedric Donald Atkins

      Business & Industry

      researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture who had important contributions to the Citrus industry.


  • Florida SouthWestern State College

    Fort Myers, Florida

    • 15,709 Total Students
    • 28 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida SouthWestern State College, commonly known also as Florida SouthWestern or FSW, is a state college located in Fort Myers, Lee County, South Western Florida. It was originally founded in 1962 as Edison Junior College that was named after Thomas Edison, the industrialist and inventor who used to winter in Fort Myers. The Lee campus which is commonly known now as Thomas Edison campus was inaugurated in 1965. Edison Junior College name was changed several times to be Edison Community College, then Edison College in 1972 and 2004 respectively. In 2008, its name was changed again to be Edison State College since it turned to be a baccalaureate-granting state college.  Eventually it was renamed to get its current name since 2014.

    The main campus located in Fort Myers, Lee County, was established on 80 acres in 1965. Besides the main campus, there were some other ones such as the Collier County Campus established on 50 acres in Naples in 1991-1992 and the Charlotte County Campus founded on 204 acres in Punta Gorda in 1997. The late one is considered to be the largest campus till now. Florida SouthWestern Edison campus in Fort Myers is distinguished by possessing a unique gallery which was established to host many artistic exhibitions since 1980. On the 24th of June, 2004, the gallery was renamed again to be the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery after the artist Robert Rauschenberg in order to celebrate him.

    Florida SouthWestern mission is to foster high standard education and present various innovative and reliable citizens capable of serving the regional and global societies. FSW aims at providing the country with acting leaders able to spread educational, mental and economical sensibility among the populations of the surrounding community.

    Florida SouthWestern offers 10 bachelor degrees, 20 associate degrees and 16 certificate degrees through 5 schools.

    Florida SouthWestern School Facts

    • Years Estd.1962 (1962)
    • NicknameThe Buccaneers
    • MascotBuc
    • MottoA Higher Degree of You
    • ColorsPurple and aqua
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Florida SouthWestern Alumni

    • Charles Ghigna

      Entertainment & Arts

      A famous American poet. An author of more than 5,000 poems published in many newspapers and magazines, in addition to more than 100 children books.

    • Matt Hudson

      Politics & Law

      A Republican member in Florida House Representatives. A former representative in 101st District and a current one in the 80th District.

    • Tina Wainscott

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American writer and author of many romance and suspense novels.

    • Frank Urban Zoeller

      Professional Sports

      An American golf player, commonly known as "Fuzzy". A winner of ten PGA Tours, the Master Tournaments, and 1984 U.S. open.


  • Florida State College at Jacksonville

    Jacksonville, Florida

    Florida State College at Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida
    • 26,164 Total Students
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a state college that is located in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. It was first established as Florida Junior College in 1965. In one year only, its community grew vastly so its name was changed to be Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) in 1965. Due to the lack of state colleges that offer four-year bachelor education, the Florida Legislature permitted the allowance of some community colleges to turn into state colleges starting 2009 to be able to offer more four-year undergraduate programs but no graduate programs. FCCJ was the first community college to follow this permission and change its system and name to be “Florida State College at Jacksonville”. Its main campus is located in Downtown, Jacksonville beside the historical Springfield area. In addition to the main campus, there are several other campuses which are the North Campus located in Dunn Avenue at the northern side of Jacksonville, Kent Campus located on the Roosevelt Boulevard at the Riverside-Avondale, and the South Campus located on Beach Boulevard at the southern side of Jacksonville. The multiple locations of FSCJ campuses make it one of the most interesting and enjoyable universities in Florida due to the easy access to the Downtown of Jacksonville, Beach Boulevard and Riverside-Avondale areas.

    FSCJ mission is to offer high standard education that fosters professional, educational, cultural and intellectual development among the society members.

    FSCJ is ranked the 11th among the four-year associate degrees granting institutes and 25th affordable educational institute in the nation. FSCJ main campus in Downtown Jacksonville possesses additional unique facilities such as The Advanced Technology Center. This center is a specialized center designed for delivering technology related education such as biotechnology, industrial electricity, information technology, industrial electricity and transportation technology.

    FSCJ offers more than 150 bachelor programs, associate degrees, online and technical certificates in strongly desired fields.

    FSCJ School Facts

    • Years Estd.1966 (1966)
    • NicknameBlueWave
    • MascotNone
    • ColorsBlue and Yellow
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous FSCJ Alumni

    • Janet H. Adkins

      Politics & Law

      A Republican member among the Florida House of Representatives. A former representor of the 12th District and a current representor of the 11th District.

    • Audrey Gibson

      Politics & Law

      A Democratic member among the Florida Senates and a former member in the Florida House of Representatives.

    • Alvin Heggs

      Professional Sports

      An American basketball player. Previous player in NBA's Houston Rockets and a nominee in the 2nd round of the 1989 CBA Draft by the Omaha Racers.

    • Samuel Leon Jones

      Politics & Law

      An American Politician and the Mobile’s first American African Mayor, Alabama from 2005 till 2013.

    • Kevin Michael O'Sullivan

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player and coach. Current coach of the Florida Gators baseball team of the University of Florida and their leader for three consecutive appearances in the College World Series.

    • Michael D. Reynolds

      Science & Medicine

      Professor of Astronomy and Space Scientist. Former Dean of Mathematics and Natural Science at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida.


  • Florida State University Seal

    Florida State University

    Tallahassee, Florida

    Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida
    • 40,830 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 37% Enrollment Rate
    • 25 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 29,828 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida State University is a public research university and a member of State University System of Florida. It was established in 1851 as West Florida Seminary by a decision from the Florida Legislature. During the civil war, the legislature decided to start formal military training at the school converting it to The Florida Military and Collegiate Institute. In 1883, the seminary became part of Florida University according to law amendment. In 1901, the university was named Florida State College with four schools.

    FSU campus covers approximately 500 acres of land with 1,375,000 sq.m of built area. It owns more than 1,600 acres. Westcott building is among the most prominent buildings in the campus and it is the oldest site dedicated to higher education in Florida. The building includes Ruby Diamond auditorium which is the main performance place for the university. There are several historic residence halls in the university as Bryan, Broward, Gilchrist, Jennie Murphree and Reynolds halls in addition to three new residential complexes. The university is served by seven libraries including Dirac Science Library, Strozier Library, Maguire Medical Library and Strozier Library which is the main library and is the only one to open 24 hours per day throughout the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, FSU has a satellite campus in panama city besides a Coastal and Marine Laboratory 70 kilometers far from the main campus in Tallahassee covering 25 acres of land. The university administers John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art with more than 10,000 objects. The museum is the largest university museum complex in USA and the second most popular attraction in Florida. FSU official colors are garnet and gold and its athletic teams are nicknamed the Seminoles.

    FSU receives funds reaching 1.7$ billion annually and contributes to the economy with more than 10$ billion. It offers 341 degree programs including bachelor, master, doctoral and professional degree programs through 16 colleges. It has been designated as a preeminent research institute and it was named as the most efficient US university by US news and world report.

    Florida State School Facts

    • Years Estd.1851
    • NicknameSeminoles
    • MottoVires, artes, mores (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Strength, Skill, Character
    • ColorsGarnet and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Florida State Alumni

    • Jameis Winston

      Professional Sports

      American football player of the national football league (NFL)

    • Reubin Askew

      Politics & Law

      37th governor of Florida State

    • Eric J. Barron

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of the Pennsylvania State University

    • Winston E. Scott

      Science & Medicine

      former NASA astronaut

    • Burt Reynolds

      Entertainment & Arts

      American actor, producer and director

    • Susan H. Black

      Politics & Law

      Senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

    • Anthony Scott Flippen

      Entertainment & Arts

      American Singer and musician


  • Florida Technical College

    Orlando, Florida

    • 4,575 Total Students
    • 38 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Florida Technical College (FTC) is a for profit, accredited private college granting two-year, diploma and bachelor’s degrees in today’s fastest growing occupations. FTC was founded in 1982 to offer post-secondary training in some specialized business fields. EduK is the parent firm and it is owned by Leeds Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm. The university’s campuses are spread through six locations to facilitate choosing the closest to its students; in Orlando, Deland, Cutler Bay, Lakeland, Kissimme and Pembroke Pines.

    FTC has a code of conduct focusing on providing its trainee with the entry-level required training and education for employment by merging the institutional resources from one side, to the community involvement and creative abilities from another side.

    It has received its license from the Florida Department of Education CIE and was accredited by ACICS. It now offers more than thirty on-campus programs in different specialties to choose from them, and few online courses. The college provides students with iPad and e-books instead of textbooks to keep them exposed to their materials anywhere and anytime and to make it easier for those busy adult students.

    FTC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1982
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Full Sail University

    Winter Park, Florida

    Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida
    • 20,025 Total Students
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Full Sail University is a for-profit university that was originally established as Full Sail Recording Workshop in 1979 by Jon Phelps. The university relocated and changed its name several times. The university initially focused on the production side of audio entertainment and music. The next year to its establishment, the school moved from its location in Dayton, Ohio to Orlando, Florida which allowed adding new courses to the core program. Programs focusing on film production were introduced in 1988. One year later, the university moved to its current location outside Winter Park, Florida

    The University campus covers 192 acres with specialized academic buildings including a production backlot, production environments, film backlot, and Full Sail Studios. In 2010, a new research and development lab was added to the campus aiming at development of studio and remote technologies. The lab is operated by ESPN and works in association with ESPN innovation lab found at Walt Disney World.  The campus does not offer dormitory services to the students. Alternatively, the university has agreements with more than 50 residential complexes which are within 5 miles from the campus.

    Full Sail University was able to get several awards related to the audio and recording arts industry. The university got the mix magazine technical excellence and creativity award as the best school for recording education. The school was also named among the best five music schools in the book published in 2005; Schools that Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide. The first bachelor degree was offered at the same year and started offering master’s degree and online two studies years later. Currently the university offers 8 different areas of studies focusing on entertainment industry and technology. It offers 25 undergraduate degrees, 8 master’s degrees and 2 master’s degrees. There are nine different scholarships offered by the university for students in addition to financial aid programs.

    Full Sail School Facts

    • Years Estd.1979
    • MascotDC-3 airplane
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Full Sail Alumni

    • Gary Rizzo

      Entertainment & Arts

      Oscar winner for his contribution in the film inception as sound mixing specialist

    • Sebastian Krys

      Entertainment & Arts

      winner of Grammy Award for four times

    • Darren Lynn Bousman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Director of Saw II, III and IV

    • JD Harmeyer

      Entertainment & Arts

      Main Media Producer on The Howard Stern Show

    • Phil Tan

      Entertainment & Arts

      Grammy award winner for three times


  • Gulf Coast State College

    Panama City, Florida

    Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida
    • 5,453 Total Students
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Gulf coast State College (GCSC) is a four-year public co-educational institute that is located in Panama City, Florida. The two houses of Florida Legislature agreed to inaugurate a co-educational college to provide educational services to citizens in the region. Accordingly, the institute was established as Gulf Coast Junior College in 1957. Gulf Coast Junior College expanded along the years. It was merged with Rosenwald Junior College in 1966 to change its name to Gulf Coast Community College. It continued growing and changed its name finally to be Gulf Coast State College on the 13th of January, 2011. Besides GCSC main campus in Panama City, it has established other remote campuses that are located in Southport, Port St. Joe, and at Tyndall Air Force Base.

    GCSC mission is to help student develop both their academic and professional profiles through building up their critical & intellectual thinking and problem solving skills beside their academic studies.

    Besides the academic and professional development, GCSC provides high athletics facilities to students. The college athletics teams participate in many different sports and championships such as the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association.

    Gulf Coast State offers four-year bachelor degrees in six disciplines that focus on business, information technology and health science related fields. In addition it offers more than one hundred associate degrees in arts and sciences in different disciplines. Moreover, it offers more than 45 adult certificates in a number of different fields in arts, science and engineering.

    GCSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1957
    • MascotCommodores
    • ColorsBlue & Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous GCSC Alumni

    • Daniel Davidson

      Professional Sports

      An American professional baseball player, baseball coach and sports manager. A former Major League Baseball pitcher.

    • Antonio Ray Dawson

      Professional Sports

      An American professional basketball player, commonly known as Tony. A former player in the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics. Also, a former professional player in Spain, Israel, France, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, and Venezuela.

    • Raymond Peter Laval

      Professional Sports

      An American professional baseball player, commonly known as Smoke Laval. Former baseball head coach of the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Indians baseball teams and current head coach for the University of

    • Frank Menechino

      Professional Sports

      An American professional baseball player. Former player in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays and current coach for MLB for the Miami Marlins.

    • Michael Papajohn

      Entertainment & Arts

      An American actor and baseball player. Former player in the LSU Tigers baseball team. Known for his role as Dennis Carradine in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.


  • Hobe Sound Bible College Seal

    Hobe Sound Bible College

    Hobe Sound, Florida

    • 228 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Hobe Sound Bible College is a Christian independent college located in Hobe Sound, Florida. The college was established in 1960 by the Wesleyan Methodist minister Stephen D. Herron who became the president of the college for 25 years. The first class consisted of 24 students from the United States and Canada with 3 teaching staff members.

    The college states its mission is to provide Christ centered education based on bible values. The college aims at preparing students to think and live in accordance with the bible and to serve the church and the community.

    The collage covers 66-acres piece of land very close to the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of South Florida. The campus offers various services to the students as the dorms and the Olsen Recreational Complex.

    The college grants Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. It also operates Hobe Sound Christian Academy serving school students in grades K to grade 12. The college is fully accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education. Enrolled students may benefit from available scholarships and financial aid programs.

    HSBC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1960
    • Motto"Knowing Christ and Making Him Known"
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationWesleyan

  • Hodges University Seal

    Hodges University

    Naples, Florida

    • 1,723 Total Students
    • 94% Acceptance Rate
    • 91% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 167 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Hodges University is a private non-profit higher education institute in Naples, Florida. The university was established in 1990 under the name of International College. Two years later, the college inaugurated an additional campus in Fort Myers. The college was renamed in 2007 to its current name in honor of Earl and Thelma Hodges who were the main supporters of the college. The new name also shows the expansion of the student body and the increased diversity of the programs offered granting it the university status.

    The university states its mission is to offer transformational, learner-driven educational opportunities. The college declares 4 main core values which are Excellence, Inclusion, Integrity and Respect.

    The main campus covers around 37 acres offering several facilities to the students including Terry P. McMahan Library. There are several centers and institutes at the university including Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center,  Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hispanic Institute and Identity Fraud Institute.

    The university is divided into 5 schools including Fisher School of Technology, Johnson School of Business and Nichols School of Professional Studies. It offers 18 study programs with 19 minors granting Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees. There are also 5 certificate programs as well as continuing education and online programs. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in addition to specialized accreditation to specific programs. Around 60% of the students are full time while the remaining are part time. Studying at the college cost around $3,000 per semester. There are 26 scholarship programs that may provide financial support to enrolled students.

    Hodges School Facts

    • Years Estd.1990
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Indian River State College Seal

    Indian River State College

    Fort Pierce, Florida

    • 18,204 Total Students
    • 26 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Indian River State College (IRSC) is a state based college that is established in Fort Pierce City in Florida to extend its educational services to Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. It was founded in the building of a former public school as the Indian River Junior College (IRJC) in 1959. Four years later, the Fort Pierce City donated the land of the current site to IRJC to inaugurate its current campus. Its name was changed to Indian River Community College by the members of its board of trustees to reflect the college’s efforts in providing its educational services to the surrounding communities. In 2007, the college was changed to be a four year educational institution and consequently its name was changed by its board of trustees to be Indian River College. In the following year, the board of trustees changed the name again to its current name.

    IRSC campus occupies around 87 acres land in Fort Pierce lying in the former location of landfill site. In addition to the main campus in Fort Pierce, IRSC has other campuses located in  Okeechobee, St. Lucie West in Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach. The college athletic teams who are called the Pioneers, compete in the Southern Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association.

    IRSC is a global educational state institute that offers up to the standard education services to the community through a number of electronic and traditional methodologies.

    IRSC offers two bachelors of applied sciences degrees in two majors. In addition, it offers 13 associate degrees in arts and 5 associate degrees in sciences. It also offers around forty five technical certificates. It offers such many and diverse associate degrees and technical certificates for people who target pursuing short term studies to start their careers. In September 2014, The college was selected by as one of the top ten community colleges in the United States the Aspen Institute.

    IRSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous IRSC Alumni

    • Mike Bianco

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player and coach. Current the head coach Ole Miss Rebels baseball team since 2001.

    • Rob Cordemans

      Professional Sports

      A Dutch baseball player, commonly known as Robbie. Famous representor of the Dutch national team at the Olympics and other international competitions.

    • John McCormack

      Professional Sports

      An American baseball player and coach. The current head coach of Florida Atlantic (FAU) since 2009 season.

    • Russell Loren Meacham

      Professional Sports

      An American professional baseball player and pitcher. Former pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1991 till 2001.

    • Ralph Poppell

      Politics & Law

      An American politician and a member of the Republican Party. Former member in the House of Representatives of Florida.


  • Jacksonville University Seal

    Jacksonville University

    Jacksonville, Florida

    Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida
    • 4,048 Total Students
    • 54% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,803 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Jacksonville University is a private university that is a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. It was established in 1934 as a two year institute named William J. Porter University after its founder. The name was changed in the following year to Jacksonville Junior College. In 1947, the college purchased a land in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood to establish its current campus. The campus was opened and classes started in it in 1950. In 1956, the college decided to establish four-year degree programs changing its name to its current one. The first student graduated from the university programs three years later. In 1958, the college merged with the Jacksonville College of Music changing its name to Jacksonville University. In 1990s, the university reorganized itself to become a liberal arts college.

    The university has a waterfront campus covering 250 acres with 63 buildings with several distinctive facilities and buildings as Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Fowler Building, Gooding Building, Howard Administration Building, Reid Medical Science Center, Merritt Penticoff Science Building, Swisher Library, Sam R. Marks Chapel, Delius House, Terry Concert Hall as well as Botts Hall, Johnson Hall, Brest Hall and Williams Hall which are residential halls. The official colors of the university are forest green and white while its mascot is the dolphin. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I, Pioneer Football League, Atlantic Sun Conference and Southern Conference.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges and 2 institutes including the Davis College of Business and the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. Jacksonville offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 majors granting bachelor, masters and pre-professional degrees. There are also 6 online programs granting master’s degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Jacksonville School Facts

    • Years Estd.1934
    • NicknameDolphins
    • MascotDolphin
    • MottoFiat Lux (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Let There Be Light
    • ColorsForest Green and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I, Pioneer Football League (PFL), Atlantic Sun Conference (ASC) [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)]
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Jacksonville Alumni

    • Alvin Brown

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Jacksonville

    • Otis Smith

      Professional Sports

      former NBA player and general manager of the Orlando Magic

    • Terrence Mann

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor, director, singer and songwriter

    • Paul G. Gaffney II

      Education & Advocacy

      former president of Monmouth University

    • Dee Brown

      Professional Sports

      former NBA player


  • Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Seal

    Johnson & Wales University-North Miami

    North Miami, Florida

    • 1,752 Total Students
    • 76% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,049 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Johnson & Wales University-North Miami is a branch campus of parent institute Johnson & Wales University. JWU was founded in year 1914 by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales to provide specialized higher level business education, however it eventually expanded to include other academic disciplines. It is accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC).

    This campus located in North Miami, Florida was founded in year 1992 and is presently the oldest campus founded outside of Rhode Island. It offers a unique educational experience to its students, from providing quality education to preparing them for their professional fields as well as community leadership.

    At JWU North Miami, the campus life is fulfilling and rich in activities and programs that lead to academic, professional, social, cultural and physical development of its students. Becoming the hub of culture and diversity as well as booming economy, students find equal opportunities both inside and outside the campus. At the campus, the students enjoy participating and benefitting from over 30 student clubs and organisations. There is also active leadership for students through development activities, interaction with community leaders, heading student groups or Government Association present on campus. Students also engage with their communities through events such as Miami Wine & Food Festival, Taste of the Nation or others or simply volunteering their hours for a cause. Students are also provided with space for worship and prayer which is considered essential to the spirituality of its students. There is also the Campus Activities Board which organises and plans student events and those which bring entertainment and social opportunities at the campus include comedy performances, Battle of the Campus, Founders’ Week, movies, speakers etc. There are also athletic teams that take part at NAIA; the campus colors are Blue and White.

    As for the academic offerings at JWU North Miami, they include two Associate degree programs, 18 Bachelors degree programs and six Masters degree programs.

    JWU North Miami School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Jones College-Jacksonville Seal

    Jones College-Jacksonville

    Jacksonville, Florida

    • 334 Total Students
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Jones College is a non-profit, private college founded in 1918. Jones main campus is placed in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, the school offers distance learning. The college has an undergraduate body of just few hundreds of students. A distinguished feature of the college was Jones College Radio, a non-commercial Radio program that broadcasts from the campus on station WKTZ-FM. The programming content was branded as “Beautiful Music” that was easy listening. The station started as an AM station in 1964, then converted to FM in 1973. The station was lately wholesaled and the beautiful music format was substituted with Christian radio. However, the beautiful music is still accessible on the internet.

    The school is not regionally accredited but it is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It is authorized to operate in Florida by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE).

    Jones College introduces market-needed career education programs for the student searching for a fruitful future including interdisciplinary programs. Jones offers both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs. Making it more flexible, the college offers select online degrees.

    JC School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Lake-Sumter State College

    Leesburg, Florida

    • 4,641 Total Students
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lake–Sumter State College (LSSC) is a state college in Central Florida founded in 1961 by Florida Legislature authorization under the name of Lake-Sumter Junior College (LSJC) for white citizens. In parallel, they established Johnson Junior College for black citizens. LSSC is currently part of the Florida College System. LSJC students started classes in 1962 in modular buildings on the Leesburg High School campus. The college was headed by Dr. Paul P. Williams as the College’s first president. In 1965, LSJC was authorized by the Southern Association of Colleges Commission to transfer credits received from LSJC to other regionally accredited institutions. In 1970, LSJC was renamed to Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) as a result of the Florida Legislature’s establishment of a Division of Community Colleges. On November 2012, The District Board of Trustees agreed to rename the college to Lake-Sumter State College. Two years later, a great step occurred when Lake-Sumter State College, South Lake Hospital, Montverde Academy, Lake County Public Schools, and the University of Central Florida cooperated to establish the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy, introducing rigorous STEM and health sciences condensed curriculum to South Lake students in grades from 9 to 12. The college teaches in three campuses  in Lake and Sumter Counties; the original campus in Leesburg, the Sumter Campus in Sumterville, and the South Lake Campus in Clermont.

    LSSC’s motto is “Where Futures Soar”. The college campus currently covers more than 130 acres offering several distinctive facilities as Williams-Johnson Administration Building, Lake Hall, Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center, Paul P. Williams Fine Arts Center and Building M. The college competes in the Mid-Florida Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA) as a Division 1 program.  The college’s mascot is Lakehawks, while the official college colors are blue and green.

    Lake–Sumter State Colleges offers Associate of Applied Science degrees, Associate of Arts degrees,  Associate of Science degrees, technical and vocational certificates, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organizational Management. Lake-Sumter is authorized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to grant associate and baccalaureate degrees.

    LSSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1962
    • MascotLakehawks
    • Motto"Where Futures Soar"
    • ColorsBlue and Green
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference3 sports teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous LSSC Alumni

    • Carey Baker

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the Florida State Senate

    • Dr. Ben Potter

      Science & Medicine

      Discoverer of youngest Ice Age infants ever found in North America


  • Lynn University Seal

    Lynn University

    Boca Raton, Florida

    • 2,693 Total Students
    • 76% Acceptance Rate
    • 18% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,770 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lynn University is a private University located in Boca Raton, Florida. It was established by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1962 in honor of Lynn family; Christine E. and Eugene M. Lynn. It initially operated under the name of Marymount College as a women’s junior college. The name was changed in 1974 to the College of Boca Raton before being changed again in 1991 to honor its benefactors; the Lynn family; Christine E. and Eugene M. Lynn. The university has an international environment with around 24% coming from 80 countries other than USA. In 2006, Donald E. Ross retired after 35 years in as the university’s president receiving a total compensation of $5,738,422 which is the highest compensation for any university president in the United States. In 2012, Lynn university hosted the third presidential debate between president Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney focusing on U.S. foreign policy.

    Lynn campus covers 115 acres offering several distinctive facilities including Assaf Academic Center, Bobby Campbell Stadium, de Hoernle International Center, E. M. Lynn Residence Center, Freiburger Residence Hall, Green Center, McCusker Pool Complex, Mohammed Indimi International Business Center, Schmidt College Center, Snyder Sanctuary, St. Joseph Hall, Trinity Residence Hall and Wold Performing Arts Center. The official colors of the university are blue and white while its mascot is called Lance the Fighting Knight. Its athletic teams, who are called the Fighting Knights, compete in the Sunshine State Conference as a NCAA Division II institution.

    The university is divided into 6 colleges and schools offering more than 25 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate degree programs with 52 areas of studies. Lynn University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Lynn School Facts

    • Years Estd.1962; 55 years ago (1962)
    • NicknameFighting Knights
    • MascotLance the Fighting Knight
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Lynn Alumni

    • Joseph Abruzzo

      Politics & Law

      Democratic member of the Florida Senate

    • John McCormack

      Professional Sports

      College baseball coach at Florida Atlantic

    • Roger L. Goodman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Music Production "Yung Schindler"

    • Svetlana Gounkina

      Professional Sports

      Winner of the bronze medal in the World Golfers Championship.

    • Jared Montz

      Professional Sports

      Founder of Online Soccer Academy


  • Miami Dade College Seal

    Miami Dade College

    Miami, Florida

    Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida
    • 62,332 Total Students
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Miami Dade College is a public state higher education institute located in Miami, Florida. It was established in 1959 under the name of Dade County Junior College. Classes started in the following year as part of the campus of Miami Central High School along with an adjacent farm. At the same year, the college started building its first campus; the north campus, close to Opa-locka Airport. It was the first integrated junior college in Florida as it enrolled African American students and Cuban exiles. The college responded to the increasing number of enrolled students by establishing its second campus, the South Campus, which was later, renamed Kendall Campus. The college was then renamed Miami-Dade Junior College as it grew more than the University of Florida and Florida State University. Afterwards, the college established a branch campus in Downtown Miami followed by the opening of the Wolfson Campus in 1973. Seven years later, the college established the Hialeah outreach center to accommodate the Cuban refugees and InterAmerican center to offer bilingual education. The Homestead Campus was opened in 1990. In 2002, the college changed its name from Miami-Dade Community College to Miami Dade College after receiving approval to grant 4-year bachelor degrees. However, most of the academic programs offered by the college are still 2-year associate degree programs.

    The college currently operates 7 campuses and two centers. Its main campus is Wolfson Campus while its largest campus is the North Campus covering 245 acres. Among the prominent buildings in the main campus are Robert H. McCabe Hall, Wolfson Building Four, Bonnie McCabe Hall and James Lawrence King Justice Building. The official colors of the university are blue and gray while its mascot is called Sharks.

    The college is divided into 14 schools and departments offering more than 300 programs. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    MDC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1959; 58 years ago (1959)
    • MascotSharks
    • ColorsBlue & Gray
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MDC Alumni

    • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

      Politics & Law

      former United States representative

    • Manny Diaz

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Miami City

    • Elsa Murano

      Education & Advocacy

      former President of Texas A&M University

    • James Carlos Blake

      Entertainment & Arts

      award-winning novelist

    • Mike Piazza

      Professional Sports

      former Major League Baseball player


  • Millennia Atlantic University

    Doral, Florida

    • 280 Total Students
    • 32 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Millennia Atlantic University is a private higher education institute offering programs in Business and Health Information Management. It is located in Doral, Florida. It was established in 2005 with a family owned institute focusing on providing first-rate education and job training. In the following year, the university received approval from Florida State from licensing commission to educational training programs granting bachelor and master’s degrees. The university was accredited by the ACICS in 2010 with renewal of the accreditation three years later. The university operated initially in a campus consisting of four classrooms within a shared building till it relocated in 2012 to a standalone LEED certified building providing 11,500 square foot space.

    The university states that its mission is to prepare the students to become leading professionals by providing modern and competitive education. The undergraduate school of the university offers 2 associate degree programs and 4 bachelor degree programs. In addition, the university offers 4 graduate programs granting MBA degrees. Millennia offers several scholarship programs as Puro Maza Academic Scholarship and Emilia Tirado Scholarship for Starting Undergraduate Students.

    MAU School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Northwest Florida State College Seal

    Northwest Florida State College

    Niceville, Florida

    Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida
    • 5,905 Total Students
    • 21 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northwest Florida State College is a public higher education institute that is a member of the Florida College System. The college was established in 1963 under the name of “Okaloosa-Walton Junior College”. Classes started in the following year at the college which was located at that time in Valparaiso, Florida. Five years later, the college relocated to its current campus in Niceville. In 1988, the name of the college was changed to Okaloosa-Walton Community College. In 2000, the college opened a high school department called the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College. It became a four-year college in 2003 changing its name to Okaloosa-Walton College. In 2008, the college became part of the Florida College Pilot Project making it one of the state colleges. Accordingly, the name of the college was changed again to its current name.

    The college main campus is located Niceville covering 264 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Gallimore Center for Healthcare Education, Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building and Raider Arena. The campus also hosts Mattie Kelly Arts Center which was built at the cost of $25 million. It offers a 1,650 seat Mainstage theater, a 195-seat, flexible Sprint Theater and two galleries. The college athletic teams, who are nicknamed Raiders, compete in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association. The college official colors are red, white and black. Additionally, the college has a branch campus and 4 off-campus centers including Fort Walton Beach Campus, Chautauqua Center, Robert LF Sikes Center and Hurlburt Field Center.

    The college offers 8 degree programs in more than 60 majors in addition to non-degree and college credit courses. It grants bachelor and associate degrees. The Collegiate High School department allows students in the last three years of high school to continue their studies and earn college credits at the same time.

    NWF School Facts

    • Years Estd.1963
    • MascotRaiders
    • MottoEducatio Optima
    • ColorsRed, White and Black
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NWF Alumni

    • Robert Coello

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player

    • Ray Sansom

      Politics & Law

      former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Kedrick Brown

      Professional Sports

      former professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers

    • Donell Taylor

      Professional Sports

      former professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards

    • Alan Ritchson

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor, singer and model


  • Nova Southeastern University Seal

    Nova Southeastern University

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • 23,236 Total Students
    • 59% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,333 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private non-profit higher education institute located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established and received its charter in 1964 under the name of “Nova University of Advanced Technology”. The first class at the university consisted of 17 students. It was initially located at Fort Lauderdale before moving to its current location in Davie, Florida. The campus was established on the former location of the “Naval Outlying Landing Field Forman”. The airfield was used after the World War II for establishment of the South Florida Education Center. In 1970, the university board decided to enter a federation with the New York Institute of Technology and the name of the university was shortened to “Nova University”. In 1972, the university started offering off-campus courses. In 1985, the university ended its agreement with New York Institute and started offering online courses. In 1994, the university merged with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences changing its name to the current one. In 2014, the university opened a branch campus in Puerto Rico offering masters and doctoral programs.

    The university main campus covers 314 acres in Davie, Florida. It includes several distinctive facilities including Don Taft University Center and Alvin Sherman Library which is the largest library in Florida. Additionally, the university has two branch campuses in Dania Beach Campus and North Miami Beach Campus which were opened in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Moreover, the university operates 8 Student Education Centers. The branch campuses along with the student centers cover total area of 150 acres.  The University athletic teams, who are nicknamed Sharks, compete in NCAA Division II as members of the Sunshine State Conference. Their official colors are blue and gray. The university produces student newspaper called “the Current”.

    The university is divided into 18 colleges, schools and centers offering 150 degree programs. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    NSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1964
    • NicknameSharks
    • MascotRazor the Shark
    • MottoEngage, Inspire, Achieve
    • ColorsNavy blue & Gray
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NSU Alumni

    • Isabel Saint Malo

      Politics & Law

      Vice President of Panama

    • Will Kirby

      Science & Medicine

      celebrity dermatologist and winner of Big Brother

    • Steven Gerst

      Business & Industry

      CEO of MedicaView International

    • J. D. Martinez

      Professional Sports

      All-Star player for the Arizona Diamondbacks

    • Leroy Gilbert

      Politics & Law

      Chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard


  • Palm Beach Atlantic University Seal

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida
    • 3,918 Total Students
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 39% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,504 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive interdenominational Christian university located in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was established in 1968 by the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, Jess C. Moody. He served as the college president till he resigned in 1972 with the graduation of the first class. In the same year, the university gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The first building to be established specifically for the college was the W.G. Lassiter Jr. Student Center which was completed in 1982. Seven years later, Johnson Hall and Sachs Hall were established. In 2002, the university established 2 branch campuses in Orlando and Wellington; however, the latter was closed in 2017.

    PBA campus offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including MacArthur Hall, Rinker Hall, Pembroke Hall, Oceanview Hall, The Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation, and the Okeechobee Building. The campus also offers 5 residential halls and 5 apartment complexes including Rinker Hall, Baxter Hall, Johnson Hall, Coastal Towers Apartments, Lakeview Apartments, and Mango Apartments. The university library is known as Warren Library which was built in 2007. The library is named in honor of Donald Warren who was the first chairman of the board of trustees serving at this position for 38 years. Athletic facilties are located off campus in a location known as Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus covering 78 acres. The university athletic teams, who are known as Sailfish, compete in NCAA Division II as members of the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference. The official colors of the university are navy blue and white.

    The university is divided into 9 schools including Rinker School of Business, MacArthur School of Leadership and Gregory School of Pharmacy. It offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

    PBA School Facts

    • Years Estd.1968 (1968)
    • NicknameSailfish
    • MottoEnlightening Minds, Enriching Souls, Extending Hands
    • ColorsNavy and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II/NCCAA
    • Religious AffiliationInterdenominational

    Famous PBA Alumni

    • Victoria Jackson

      Entertainment & Arts

      actress and former Saturday Night Live cast member

    • Susan Sherouse

      Entertainment & Arts

      American violinist

    • Priscilla Taylor

      Politics & Law

      member of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Jennifer Rothschild

      Entertainment & Arts

      author and speaker

    • Tenth Avenue North

      Entertainment & Arts

      contemporary Christian Music Band


  • Palm Beach State College Seal

    Palm Beach State College

    Lake Worth, Florida

    • 29,616 Total Students
    • 27 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Palm Beach State College is a public higher education institute located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The college was established in 1933 as the first public junior college in the State of Florida. It was initially called Palm Beach Junior College operating in West Palm Beach. The college aimed at helping high school graduates in the local community find jobs during the Great Depression. The college relocated in 1948 to Morrison Field which was formerly an Army Air Force base. The college relocated again 3 years later to the Lake Park Town Hall leaving the Morrison Field which became later Palm Beach International Airport. This campus provided little space which limited the number of student enrollment to 200 and the college was commonly known as “the little orphan college”. In 1955, the college received 114 acres in Lake Worth from Palm Beach County and $1,000,000 from the state to establish a new campus. The college relocated to this campus in the following year. In 1965, the college merged with Roosevelt Junior College. In 1968, the college became an independent institute administered by its own board of trustees instead of being controlled by the Palm Beach County school district. The college opened branch campuses including Belle Glade campus, Palm Beach Gardens campus and Boca Raton campus in 1978, 1982 and 1983 respectively. In 1988, the name of the college was changed to Palm Beach Community College before being changed again in 2009 to its current one.

    The college main campus covers 114 acres with 51 buildings. Important buildings on campus include G. Tony Tate Building, Philip O. Lichtblau building, Watson B. Duncan III Theatre, Paul W. Graham Building and John W. Anderson Building. The college athletic teams, who are nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the Southern Conference as members of the Florida State College Activities Association.

    Palm Beach State offers more than 100 academic programs granting bachelor and associate degrees in addition to certification programs. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    PBSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1933
    • NicknamePanthers
    • MottoYour Pathway To Success
    • LocationFlorida
    • Athletics4 major sports teams
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous PBSC Alumni

    • Wilson G. Bradshaw

      Education & Advocacy

      president of Florida Gulf Coast University

    • Crystl Bustos

      Professional Sports

      Olympic Gold Medalist in Softball

    • Ken Green

      Professional Sports

      professional golfer

    • Monte Markham

      Entertainment & Arts

      television and movie actor

    • Charles Willeford

      Entertainment & Arts

      American writer


  • Pasco-Hernando State College Seal

    Pasco-Hernando State College

    New Port Richey, Florida

    • 11,387 Total Students
    • 27 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Pasco-Hernando State College is a public four-year college located in Pasco and Hernando Counties, Florida. The college was established in 1967 by the Florida State Legislature under the name of Pasco-Hernando Community College. In 1972, Dr. Milton O. Jones who was the dean of St. Petersburg Junior College was selected as the first president for the college. Soon after establishment of the college, a 100-acre piece of land was purchased at the cost of $125,000 to establish its first campus which is currently known as the east campus. The campus was dedicated in 1975 by Florida Gov. Reuben Askew. The West Campus was established 2 years later on a 140-acre piece of land in New Port Richey donated by rancher Alric C.T. Pottberg. In the same year, the college purchased 100 acres in Brooksville to establish the North Campus. In 1979, the college opened the Spring Hill Center to serve western and central Hernando. The center was closed in 2010 with the opening of the Spring Hill Campus. In 2014, the college opened its 5th campus on a real estate in southeast Pasco County that was donated by the Porter family. In the same year, the College’s District Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the college to the current one.

    The West campus is the oldest and currently the largest campus for the college. It offer several important buildings and facilities including Alric Pottberg Library, Anne F. Bucy Classroom Building, Rose & Leonard Case Building, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Simulation Laboratory and Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery. The college athletic teams are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Florida College System Activities Association. Their official mascot is called Bobcats.

    The college offers 32 academic programs in 7 areas of study. It grants associate and bachelor degrees in addition to technical or college credit transfer programs.

    PHSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1967
    • MascotConquistadors
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous PHSC Alumni

    • Greg Jones

      Professional Sports

      former Major League Baseball pitcher

    • Jay Forry

      Entertainment & Arts

      national syndicated film critic known as "The Nation's Only Blind Movie critic"

    • John Legg

      Politics & Law

      member of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Lucy Morgan

      Entertainment & Arts

      journalist and winner of Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and American Association of Community College

    • Wilton Simpson

      Politics & Law

      member of the Florida Senate


  • Pensacola State College

    Pensacola, Florida

    • 9,840 Total Students
    • 21 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Pensacola State College is a public state owned college located in Pensacola, Florida. The college was established in 1948 under the name of Pensacola Junior College. The college operated initially at a rented boarding house on Palafox and Cervantes streets. The rent was donated by businessman James H. Allen. The first class started in the same year with 136 students. In 1949, the college started publishing a student newspaper, The Beachcomber. The college expanded in 1953 by moving to a larger building on the same street that was formerly used by Pensacola High School. In 1955, Florida Governor LeRoy Collins allocated $1,243,000 to improve the college building. In the following year, the college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1957, the college relocated to an 80-acre campus at 9th Avenue that was formerly known as Camp Franklin property. In 1965, the college merged with Washington Junior College. In the same year, the college opened an educational television building which hosted two large studios and a television station. The college started 2 years later broadcasting a TV channel to the local community. In 1977, the college opened a branch campus covering 164.7 acres at the cost of $8 million. In the following years, the college established another branch campus in Warrington. In 1998, the college started a fundraising campaign that succeeded in collecting more than $5 million. In 2004, the college campus on Naval Air Station Pensacola, which was established in 1981, was destroyed by fire. In 2010, the college changed its name to the current one.

    The college athletic teams are members of the Florida State College Activities Association competing in the Panhandle Conference. The official colors of the college are green, blue and white while its mascot is called Pirate.

    Pensacola State is divided into 19 academic departments offering more than 120 majors. It grants bachelor and associate degrees in addition to adult high school and certificate programs.

    PSC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1948
    • MascotPirate
    • Motto"Your First Choice for Higher Education"
    • ColorsGreen, Blue and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Panhandle Conference
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous PSC Alumni

    • Joel Anthony

      Professional Sports

      NBA player

    • Greg Evers

      Politics & Law

      member of the Florida Senate

    • Craig Waters

      Politics & Law

      Communications Counsel for the Florida Supreme Court

    • Alan G. Poindexter

      Science & Medicine

      NASA astronaut

    • Billy Sadler

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player


  • Polk State College

    Winter Haven, Florida

    • 10,657 Total Students
    • 23 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Polk State College is a public higher education institute located in Winter Haven, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. It was established in 1964 as the first public higher education institute in Polk County. Initially, it was named Polk Junior College and operatred at a former World War II Army Air Force Base in Bartow. The first class taught at this college consisted of 1,200 students which was twice the number expected during its establishment. The college started establishing its first permanent campus two years later which is known as Polk State Winter Haven. In 1988, the college established a second campus which is known as Polk State Lakeland. The campus was later expanded by including Polk State Airside Center.  In 2009, the college started offering its first bachelor degree program changing its name from Polk Community College to the current one. In the same year, Polk State opened the Polk State JD Alexander Center. The college opened two years later the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center. In 2011, the college started rebranding process by adopting the Eagle as its mascot and choosing red, black and white as their official colors. Polk State expanded again by establishing the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center and the Polk State Center for Public Safety in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

    The college states that its mission is to provide affordable quality education that can transform the lives of its students. Polk State athletic teams compete in NJCAA Region 8 division I as members of the Suncoast Conference.

    The college offers programs divided into 7 study areas granting bachelor and associate degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college campuses hosts 3 Collegiate High Schools which allow students to earn associate of arts degrees while completing their high school requirements.

    Polk State School Facts

    • Years Estd.1964
    • NicknameEagles
    • MottoWe Are Polk.
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Polk State Alumni

    • Mark Brisker

      Professional Sports

      former professional basketball player

    • Robert Gilchrist

      Professional Sports

      professional basketball player for Worcester Wolves of the British Basketball League

    • Denise Grimsley

      Politics & Law

      Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives

    • Lawrence Scarpa

      Business & Industry

      Leading architect in the field of sustainable design

    • Lorenzo Williams

      Professional Sports

      former NBA basketball player


  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami

    Miami, Florida

    • 92 Total Students
    • 6 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    PUPR is a private and non profit higher education and coeducation institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The present day university traces its history to year 1966 when it was founded to offer specialised education in the field of Land Surveying and Mapping. As the programs at the institute gained success, it improved by starting to award Bachelor degrees.

    By 1998 the institute had also started awarding Master’s degrees. It also extended its physical outreach by adding two campuses; in Miami, Florida and in Orlando, Florida. At its campus in Miami, the university offers quality education to a diverse set of students, exposing them to technological, intellectual, and scientific and research developments happening on a global scale.

    For the students at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami, a range of resources and opportunities exist helping them with their academic and non academic learning endeavours. To better help its student stay on track while their time at the university, the campus offers academic as well as personal advice and guidance, helping students improve their choices and reaffirm their decisions. For increasing exposure of its students, the campus offers internship and mentor programs which help in students gaining needful experience even before they have entered the professional world. Mentorship is provided through personal sessions and also through forums, by professionals and leaders alike. It also prepares the students for their career choices and in securing the right jobs through Career Services offered on campus. There are also a range of extracurricular activities present on the campus; students enjoy and learn through workshops, seminars, colloquium and the opportunity to interact with important public and community figures. Events which open up window for career opportunities and academic achievement are also held.

    At the PUPR Miami campus, the academic programs offered consist of four Bachelors degree programs and two Master’s degree programs in the fields of management, business, computer science and engineering.

    PUPR School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando

    Orlando, Florida

    • 128 Total Students
    • 5 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    A private, non profit higher education institute, PUPR is a present day coeducational university that was founded in the year 1966. It was founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico and to provide specialized education and training in the field of Land Surveying and Mapping. Within a few years the institute’s program had success in the region and it updated its curriculum to offering Bachelors degree programs by year 1974.

    Before the end of the 20th century, the institute achieved further milestone as it started offering Masters degree programs by year 1998. The university also added two more campuses, one in Miami and another in Florida. At the Orlando campus importance is given to improving student knowledge, intellect and leadership capacity through understanding of diversity and global conditions.

    For empowering its students and for effective development in personal as well as professional lives, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando provides with guidance and mentoring for its students at the campus. Students find assistance, guidance and advice in all matters of academics from the choice of field to any personal decisions that hinder academic achievements. It also helps students in their career choices. There is also the Career and Internship Services Program which aims to connect its student’s academic choices and achievements with their professional goals. It helps students gain employment experience even before they have graduated through its internship services. This helps students in not only experience their professional choices and better prepare for them but also increases the opportunity to connect them with potential employers. There are also extracurricular activities offered through Student Council serving as student representation or other existing organisations such as Disciplines Committee, Student Resource and Information Center etc. Also organised are workshops, seminars and individual and group sessions with community leaders and impactful public figures.

    At the Orlando campus, the academic programs offered consist of 11 undergraduate programs and two Masters degree programs, in the field of management and engineering.

    PUPR School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • The Baptist College of Florida Seal

    The Baptist College of Florida

    Graceville, Florida

    The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Florida
    • 481 Total Students
    • 52% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 138 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) is a private higher education institute accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as level III institution. The college was established in 1943 by a group of pastors. Classes started in 1945 and were initially held in a Sunday school room in the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Florida. The college was initially named Florida Baptist Institute. It aimed at providing seminary training for students who do not have college degrees. The college adopted free-enrollment policy allowing the admission of Baptist and non-Baptist students.  In 1947, the college purchased seven-acre piece of land to establish its own campus. In the same year, the institute was renamed Baptist Bible Institute of Florida referring to the institute’s nature and mission. The name was shortened to Baptist Bible Institute. During the presidency of Arthur Stainback, the college was relocated to a new 160-acre campus in Graceville. The college also expanded academically offering 3-year diploma programs. In 1976, the college started offering 4-year degree programs. The college programs received accreditation from in 1981 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1988, the college started offering associate degree programs and changed its name in the same year to Florida Baptist Theological College. The college later terminated the diploma programs. The college gained its current name in 2000 and then started offering graduate degree programs.

    The college states that its mission is to offer graduate and undergraduate degree programs within the Christian worldview. The college campus is located in Graceville hosting several distinctive buildings including R.G. Lee Chapel, R.C. Mills Center, Solomon Hall, Graceville Hall, Ida J. McMillan Library, McRae-Morrow Hall, Deese Center, Brackin-Chandler Hall and Napier Hall. Additionally, the college offers classes at two distant sites in Jacksonville and

    Orlando. Some programs are also offered online.

    The college offers 3 associate, 18 bachelor and 2 master degree programs.

    BCF School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist

  • The University of West Florida Seal

    The University of West Florida

    Pensacola, Florida

    The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida
    • 12,763 Total Students
    • 42% Acceptance Rate
    • 46% Enrollment Rate
    • 22 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,104 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    The University of West Florida (UWF) is a public higher education institute located in Pensacola, Florida. The university was established in 1963 by the Florida Legislature as part of the State University System. It was the sixth member of the State System to be established with sixth more to be established afterwards. In 1965, ground was broken for the university campus which covered at that time 1000 acres. In the same year, the Chambered Nautilus was chosen as the official emblem for the university. Classes started for the first time in 1967 graduating 58 students in the following year. In 1969, the university received accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for its undergraduate programs. Initially, the university was orgranized into three residential or cluster colleges called Alpha, Gamma and Omega. The structure was reorganized in 1979 to more traditional form consisting of three colleges. The university offered upper division and postgraduate studies only till 1983 when it started admitting freshmen to its programs. In 1997, the university expanded its campuses by purchasing additional 600 acres.

    West Florida main campus covers 1,600 acres overlooking the Escambia River. The campus contains 35 academic buildings, 25 residence halls and 21 student services buildings. Prominent buildings on campus include Argonaut Village, Camellia Garden, Nautilus Card Office, Crosby Hall and Pace Library which contains more than 600,000 printed volumes and 1 million microfilms. Additionally, the university operates ta branch property on Santa Rosa Island that is used for recreational, academic, and research purposes. West Florida athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division II as members of Gulf South Conference. They are nicknamed Argonauts while their official colors are blue and green.

    West Florida is currently divided into 6 colleges including the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. It offers 45 undergraduate and graduate programs in 50 academic disciplines.

    West Florida School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous West Florida Alumni

    • Mark Ettles

      Professional Sports

      former MLB player for San Diego

    • Moochie Norris

      Professional Sports

      former NBA player

    • James Ellis

      Science & Medicine

      President and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at Lockheed Martin

    • Jim Buchili

      Science & Medicine

      former NASA astronaut

    • Carmen Maria Martinez

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Ambassador to Zambia


  • Trinity Baptist College Seal

    Trinity Baptist College

    Jacksonville, Florida

    • 441 Total Students
    • 86% Acceptance Rate
    • 55% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 205 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Trinity Baptist College is a private higher education institute located in Jacksonville, Florida. The college was established in 1974 by Bob Gray who was the pastor Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The college initially operated in the current location of the church on McDuff Avenue near downtown Jacksonville. The college relocated in 1988 to its current location in Hammond Boulevard. The college received accreditation in 1997 from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

    The college states that its mission is to prepare the students for life and ministry through providing Christian higher education programs. The college campus contains 18 buildings including Miller Hall, Gray Hall and Gartenhaus Hall. Trinity athletic teams, who are nicknamed Eagles, compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association. Their official colors are royal blue, gold, black and white. The college operates a musical group that travels across the United States under the name of LifeSong.

    Trinity offers 5 bachelor degree programs, an interdisciplinary pre-law program and degree completion program. Additionally, the college offers 2 master’s degree programs. Some of the programs are also offered online. Students enrolled at the college may get financial support by applying to the Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

    TBC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1974
    • MascotEagle
    • MottoTraining Students for Life and Ministry
    • ColorsRoyal blue, gold, black, white
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

    Famous TBC Alumni

    • David Meeks

      Politics & Law

      Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Conway, Arkansas

    • Paul Chappell

      Social Advocacy & Service

      President of West Coast Baptist College and Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church


  • Trinity College of Florida Seal

    Trinity College of Florida

    Trinity, Florida

    • 205 Total Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 79% Enrollment Rate
    • 8 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 57 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Trinity College is private and evangelical institute which traces its roots to Florida Bible Institute, founded by Dr. William T. Watson in year 1932. Being a preacher and a pastor in a church in St. Petersburg., he decided to set up an educational institute based in Biblical education. It continued so until in the year 1947 with progress in its programs it adopted its present name.

    Based in New Port Richey, Florida, Trinity College of Florida is an interdenominational institute. With its values rooted in Biblical education, the college prepares its students for their responsibility as church leaders and members of society who dedicate their lives in serving their people and their communities.

    The campus life at Trinity College is one that offers a transformative experience to each student to develop themselves intrinsically. The college has its Student Government Association providing a chance for students to work as leaders and pick up team building skills. Being a Christian centered college, the students find spiritual and religious as a major part of their life at campus. Spirituality is reinforced through activities such as service to communities, or dorm devotions or mission projects. The college also has its missionary group which takes students to mission projects around the globe. Students engage in community service through serving in the churches or volunteering time for parachurch ministries such as Young Life, or Child Evangelism Fellowship. There is also Chapel which gathers students, along with faculty and administration to come together for worshiping and praying collectively. Students also find themselves being part of fellowships, biblical teaching groups/sessions, and worshiping with others. Besides all this, the students also maintain recreation activities and the college has its athletic teams ‘Tigers’ competing at NCCAA. The official college colors are Black and Gold.

    At Trinity College, academic programs consist of three certificate programs, two Associate degree programs and Bachelors degree programs with 13 choices for concentrations and majors. There are also three QUEST programs offered. The notable facility on the campus is Raymond H. Center Library.

    Trinity College School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationInterdenominational

  • University of Central Florida Seal

    University of Central Florida

    Orlando, Florida

    University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida
    • 62,953 Total Students
    • 49% Acceptance Rate
    • 38% Enrollment Rate
    • 30 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 35,572 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    University of Central Florida is a public higher education institute located in Orlando, Florida. The university was established in 1963 the Florida Legislature as a coeducational non-segregated university under the name of Florida Technological University. It aimed at providing educational programs that fulfills the needs of the space-age. In 1964, the university Board of Regents decided to purchase 1000 acre-piece of land in northeast Orlando to establish its campus. Additionally, the local community donated 227 acres and 1 million for the campus. In 1967, construction started on the first building which was opened in the following year. The first class on campus included around 2,000 students divided into 5 colleges and 55 academic programs. Students were taught by 90 instructors and 150 staff members. The first mascot was selected in 1970 which was a mix of orange and astronaut known as the Citronaut. The mascot was changed in the following year to the Knight of Pegasus. In 1978, the name of the university was changed to the current name indicating the increasing diversity of the program it offers beyond its initial mission. In the same year, the university established the Central Florida Research Park focusing on space and defense-related research. In 1986, the university established the Institute for Simulation and Training and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers. In the following years, the university grew rapidly till it became the largest university in the Unied States with respect to the number of enrolled students and faculty members.

    Central Florida has 12 campuses with its main campus covering 1,415 acres. It is designed into concentric circles with the outermost circle being the Gemini Boulevard. The university athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I and the American Athletic Conference. They are nicknamed Knights and their official colors are black and gold.

    The university is divided into 13 colleges including the Burnett Honors College and Rosen College of Hospitality Management. It offers 90 bachelor, 87 master’s and 31 doctoral degree programs.

    UCF School Facts

    • Years Estd.June 10, 1963 (1963-06-10)
    • NicknameKnights
    • MascotKnightro, Pegasus, Citronaut (retired)
    • MottoReach for the Stars
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I, FBSThe American
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UCF Alumni

    • Fernando Caldeiro

      Science & Medicine

      former NASA astronaut

    • Alan Eustace

      Business & Industry

      Google Senior Vice President of Engineering and Knowledge

    • Adrian R'Mante

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor known for his role in the Suite Life of Zack & Cody

    • Brian Acton

      Business & Industry

      co-founder of WhatsApp

    • Imbarek Shamekh

      Politics & Law

      former Prime Minister of Libya and Secretary General of General People's Congress of Libya


  • University of South Florida Seal

    University of South Florida

    Tampa, Florida

    University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
    • 42,067 Total Students
    • 45% Acceptance Rate
    • 31% Enrollment Rate
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 30,393 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    USF is a public research university and a member institute of the State University System of Florida. It was founded in year 1956 as the first independent state university, signed by Florida Governor LeRoy Collins in 1955. The name approval for the institute came in 1957 and it was in 1960 that it held its first classes. By 1965 the university had already received full accreditation.

    Over the years, University of South Florida made progress, expanding its academic as well as campus life. By 1971 it had awarded its first doctoral degree and became part of the system in year 1974. With its gradual progress it has transformed into an institute improving intellect and empowering students for growth and success.

    The campus life at USF is filled with opportunities and activities aimed at developing students in more than just academics. For student involvement, there are more 600 student organisations ranging from academic, to religious to recreation. There are leadership programs offered through Emerging Leaders Institute, Lead fellows and other programs along with civic engagement through volunteering and community service opportunities. The university also celebrates its Days of Service. There are also multicultural activities, programs and celebrations as USF strives to be inclusive of global communities and cultures. The university also celebrates arts through its galleries and public art programs, museums and many annual events such as performances, concerts, festivals and others. The university is also committed towards sustainability causes by promoting and supporting activities such as sea turtle conservatory, tree planting and others.  The university has its share of traditions such as Homecoming, The Scoring Celebration, its marching band ‘Stampeding Herd of Thunder’, and more. Physical activities consist of sports as well as athletic participation at NCAA Division I. Its teams are called ‘Bulls’, the mascot is ‘Rocky the Bull’ and colors ‘Green and Gold’.

    Its academic programs consist of 80+ Undergraduate majors and concentrations, 100+ Masters and Doctoral programs. Its prominent facilities/departments are Morsani College of Medicine, Muma College of Business, Patel College of Global Sustainability, Juniper-Poplar Hall, Marshall Student Center and others.

    USF School Facts

    • Years Estd.1956
    • NicknameBulls
    • MascotRocky the Bull
    • MottoTruth and Wisdom
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I,The American
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous USF Alumni

    • Alan Boss

      Science & Medicine

      Astrophysicist and chair of multiple International Astronomical Union and NASA grounds

    • Dr. Jeffrey Crane

      Business & Industry

      CEO Dragon Discovery, entrepreneur, innovator, author, professor, and adviser

    • Tamsen Fadal

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Lebanese-American television personality, four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur

    • David Mearns

      Science & Medicine

      Director, Blue Water Recoveries; Guinness World Record holder for deepest shipwreck ever found

    • Guy Babylon

      Entertainment & Arts

      Musician, keyboardist/composer, noted for his work with Elton John

    • Richard Oppel

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, director of American Society of Newspaper Editor

    • Kissy Simmons

      Entertainment & Arts

      Broadway actress, The Lion King

    • J. Michelle Childs

      Politics & Law

      Judge of United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, nominated by President Barack Obama[18]

    • Emilio T. Gonzalez

      Politics & Law

      Former National Security Advisor to President Bush

    • Richard Rahn

      Business & Industry

      President of Novecon; former VP & Chief Accountant, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    • Mark Chung

      Professional Sports

      Soccer player, member of the U.S. National Team

    • Susan Dillinger

      Education & Advocacy

      Director of New Port Richey Public Library, Florida


  • University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee Seal

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee

    Sarasota, Florida

    • 2,030 Total Students
    • 34% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 494 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    USF Sarasota-Manatee is a higher education institutes and one of the members of the University of South Florida System. It first began as the satellite campus for its parent university when it opened in year 1975. It was established on the campus of New College of Florida; however it moved to a new campus in 2006 when it got developed.

    University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee offers affordable as well as quality education engaging students in new endeavours and experiences needed to develop them into leaders and professionals. It was accredited in year 2011 for its baccalaureate and masters degree programs. It is based in Sarasota, Florida.

    As students enter the academic life at USFSM they are given equal opportunities to develop their skills and experiences in extracurricular activities as well. There are more than 35 student organisations which invite student participation in various activities, programs, and learning opportunities. Students also learn to take on leadership roles through leading these organisations as well as being part of the Student Government Association, leadership series program, leadership series, campus activities board etc. Students further develop their skills, communication and learn community responsibility as they take part in volunteerism, service learning with community partners, and become part of larger community through global engagement programs. There are also multicultural programs and activities initiated and held in an attempt to promote diversity and inclusion on the campus. Recreation and physical development also form a significant part of student life on campus. There are fitness classes as well as sports tournaments where the university teams called ‘Bulls’ participate; the mascot is ‘Rocky the Bull’ and the official colors are Green and Gold.

    Academic programs offered at USFSM consist of more than 40 Bachelors and Masters degree programs as well as certificates. Its prominent facility is the Jane Bancroft Cook Library which it shares with the New College.

    USF Sarasota-Manatee School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • University of South Florida-St Petersburg Seal

    University of South Florida-St Petersburg

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    • 4,739 Total Students
    • 47% Acceptance Rate
    • 25% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,122 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    USFSP is one of the members institutes of the University of South Florida System, though an individually accredited one. It had its beginning in the year 1965 serving as the satellite campus of the University of South Florida. It also became the first regional higher education institute in the state. It started by offering its own degrees in year 1969 and got established as a branch campus to the parent univeristy the same year.

    Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, University of South Florida-St Petersburg had received accreditation in 2006, for excellence in education, learning and service to its students by helping them develop and succeed at their ambitions and aspirations in life.

    The student life at the univeristy is fun, vibrant but also full of learning experiences through particpation in a range of activities. There is huge emphasis on preparing students for leadership roles in societies and in their communities. Students lead, organise and take part in more than 100 registered student organisations while learning new skills through leadership programs such as Student Leadership Luncheon, Emerging Leaders, USFSP Ambassadors etc. There is also the Student Governement Asssociation which serves not only as the student voice on campus but also as a platform where students learn how to take up on office leadership. But the campus life is more than just serious work. There is also plenty of entertainment and fun throughout the campus. Harborside Activities board organzes movie screenings, carnivals, Welcome Week, Homecoming, USFSP Week and so much more. The campus also offers a range of recereational activities such as the fitness and personal training sessions, sailing lessons as well as adventures. Intramural sports are also offered at the campus. The univeristy teams are called ‘Bulls’. The official mascot is the ‘Rocky the Bull’ and the colors are Green and Gold.

    USF St. Pete offers 24 bachelors and 17 Masters degree programs, as well as certificate programs. The university’s notable facility on the campus is its Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.

    USFSP School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Webber International University Seal

    Webber International University

    Babson Park, Florida

    • 733 Total Students
    • 53% Acceptance Rate
    • 47% Enrollment Rate
    • 24 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 739 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Webber is a private institute for higher education that was founded through the efforts of Grace Knight and Roger W. Babson. It was originally a college for women, with a restricted focus on business teachings. Over the time the institute has emerged as a coeducational business school, but at the same time opening up to new academic dimensions.

    It is based in Babson Park, Florida and is on the mission to empower its students through quality education, critical thinking, and distinction in personal and professional endeavors.

    At the campus of Webber International University, students never find it difficult to find their place. From the very onset, they come across various opportunities for growth and learning. Students lead and participate in various students clubs running on campus. These not only help them develop their interests but also help to meet people around the campus. The Student Activities Board is another important organization where students work to bring programs and activities on campus and thus serves as a platform for students to bring their forward their ideas. The Resident Assistants program is an additional opportunity to learn about responsibility, community service and be a university representative. The university also offers medical services for its students, ensuring health for each of its student. The office provides help to any student in need of physical or psychological distress or difficulty. Furthermore, understanding student concern for what awaits them after their education, there are career services offered. These include setting up career fairs, helping students improve their skills, prepare for interviews and work on their resumes.  But it’s not all serious work for students and no play. There are campus athletic teams called ‘Warriors’ and the university is a member of NAIA. Its official colors are Green and Gold.

    The academic programs offered are six associate, ten bachelors and an MBA program. It also offers online education. Its notable facilities are Grace Knight Babson memorial Student Center, McConnell classroom building, Michael Parkhurst Webber Auditorium/Gymnasium, Rex R. Yentes Conference Center and few more.

    Webber School Facts

    • Years Estd.1927
    • NicknameWarriors
    • Motto"A Tradition in Business Education"
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Webber Alumni

    • Taula "Hikuleo" Fifita

      Professional Sports

      Professional wrestler

    • Daria Pająk

      Professional Sports

      Ten-pin bowler

    • Gary Faulkner Jr.

      Professional Sports

      Ten-pin bowler



All Top Colleges in Florida

  • Acupuncture and Massage College

    Miami, Florida

    Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, Florida
    • 149 Total Students
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Counted among one of the oldest of institutes training students in Massage Therapy and Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage College was founded in 1983. It started as Acupressure-Acupuncture Institute covering Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and after achieving college status in 2003, it came to its present name. Based in Miami, Florida, AMC hails its name for experience in educating students in natural healing therapies and techniques.

    The college started at a time when alternative healing and medicine was not very common. Being the oldest license holder in acupuncture in Florida, AMC served as a place for community members and young individuals looking for spiritual development as well as professional training in the field. It still maintains the same mission and has grown further by improving its academic offerings.

    AMC provides three programs in Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy – a Master of Oriental Medicine degree, Associate of Arts in Health Sciences and a Massage Therapy Diploma. Its dedication towards developing healthy community is further reflected through its ‘Acupuncture & Massage College Community Clinic’ that is run by capable students and professionals of highest standards and results in treatment of more than 20 patients in a single day. Its prominent facility is the Lao Tsu Library, rich of resources on western as well as oriental medicine and healing.

    AMC School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous AMC Alumni

    • Rhoda A Bilsker

      Science & Medicine

      An Oriental Medicine Graduate, Lousin Beatty Award


  • Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    • 158 Total Students
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    ATOM began in 1994 to serve the educational needs in the industry of health care. Since then, the college has never looked back. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and operating as Not Profit, the institute has grown over time, in terms of the quality of academics it provides. It has grown along with the growth of its communities and its needs. It has developed its curriculum to be more comprehensive in its approach as well as stimulating the students to move beyond the theoretical framework of Oriental Medicine.

    Since its inception, Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine has considered its duty to train students to become practitioners in Oriental Medicine. However, it has also considered its duty to prepare students for highest standards of ethics and professionalism in patient care.

    Keeping with its vision training students to serve people, ATOM also stays involved in serving people directly. It offers patient services through many of its self operated of affiliated centers, providing people with effective yet low priced medical treatment. Along with this, it also lets its students be a part of its journey in serving people. It lets students put their skills to use by participating at the ATOM Intern Clinic, which is present at the campus. The facility is equipped with all the necessary tools needed to provide best patient care. Its affiliated clinic is a Non Profit program called Light of the World Clinic.

    The academic programs at ATOM includes Master’s in Oriental Medicine Program, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and a variety of Continuing Education Programs for those licensed health care providers looking to learn more. The institute also provides a Ph. D program in collaboration with the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    ATOM School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Beacon College

    Leesburg, Florida

    • 274 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 53% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 205 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Beacon started with Patricia and Peter Latham, advocates for the learning-disabilities along with a bunch of parents with the same vision and ideals about having an institute serving the disabled children. With their efforts, the college was incorporated in 1989, on May 24. The college was to induct a curriculum and education pattern most suited, focused and tailored to the needs of individuals who have a different set of learning patterns. It was approved by the Florida Department of Education for an undergraduate curriculum.

    It is a Private four year education institute based in Leesburg, Florida, and is honored to be the first accredited institute serving those suffering from ADHD and other learning disabilities. With experienced and dedicated faculty members, the college aims to empower students who look at the world differently.

    Campus life at Beacon College is lively and friendly with students and faculty living and spending time like one family. Being an institute for students with learning disabilities, it thrives through its close knit campus environment, a personal classroom interaction and individualized attention and training. The curriculum is completely incorporated with modern technological developments with an aim to empower its students to meet the challenges in the best possible way. The college recently added an art gallery to the campus which exhibits student as well as professional work and is open to public as well. Understanding the need for a complete development, it also has a fitness center for its students equipped with the best facilities. The college also has its set of student organizations who work together to bring activities and events. Students are also involved in off campus recreational activities. Its official colors are Blue and Gold.

    Beacon confers Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts degrees, offering nine majors and 12 minor choices. It also provides study abroad opportunity through summer program and also a cultural studies program. There are also internship opportunities for students. Its notable facility is the Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery.

    Beacon School Facts

    • Years Estd.1989
    • MottoLumen Vitae Abundantiorem
    • Motto Eng.Illuminating the Life Abundant
    • ColorsBlue, gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • College of Business and Technology

    Miami Gardens, Florida

    College of Business and Technology in Miami Gardens, Florida
    • 90 Total Students
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    CBT College is a for-profit higher education institute which was founded in the year 1988 by Fernando Llerena and Gladys Llerena, two educators who had travelled from Peru and had a vision for an education and career preparatory institute. It was originally called Business & Technology Institute and by year 200 had achieved major milestones: added Associate degree programs and had received accreditation.

    It was then renamed as College of Business and Technology. The college is based in Miami, Florida and added three more campuses; another in Miami, in Hialeah, in Flagler and in Cutler Bay. With its dedication to its mission of providing for the academic needs of its communities, the college continues to offer modern day education with a focus on career readiness.

    At the campus, students enjoy and get benefitted from every resource and opportunity that is aimed at making them fully trained for entering their desired professions and fields. There are facilities and labs at the campus that let the students have the advantage of the hands-on learning experience. Besides this, another unique learning opportunity comes in the form of refresher courses which help the students refresh and update their skills. The faculty at the college is working professionals in their fields, which ensures up to date knowledge and practical experiences are provided for the students to learn from. Students struggling to find to their aid tutoring and personal assistance in academic as well as non-academic matters. There are also guest speakers and workshops arranged for the students to enhance their educational experience. CBT College also offers a flexible schedule to help those students who have either work or other commitments, to not miss out on their educational opportunities. Additionally, students benefit from career services which include career guidance but also job search, help with resume writing and devising cover letters, preparing for interviews. There are also job fairs and other involvement activities provided to students to help them develop networks and increase chances of success.

    The programs offered include 20+ academic, technical and vocational programs in business, technology, health, arts and languages.

    CBT College School Facts

    • Years Estd.1988
    • MascotC-BOT
    • MottoExperience the Difference
    • ColorsNavy Blue, Black, & White
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Eckerd College

    Saint Petersburg, Florida

    Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida
    • 2,023 Total Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 15% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,402 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Eckerd is a four year higher education institute which was founded by Florida Synod of the Presbyterian Church after it gained charter for the Florida Presbyterian College by the Florida Legislature in 1958. The classes at the college began in year 1960. In year 1966, the college gained accreditation and as it further grew, the control of the college was handed over to the Board of Trustees.

    It was in 1972, upon receiving a huge endowment from Jack Eckerd, member of Board of Trustees, that the college was renamed in his honor as Eckerd College. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the college is committed to providing quality liberal arts education which builds students to be innovative and reach for excellence in their endeavors in life.

    Campus life at Eckerd College is filled with activities and programs that contribute greatly to its student’s physical, mental, intellectual and personal development. Students are actively engaged in spiritual development through campus ministries which offers fellowships, Mass, meditation, lectures and also space to non Christian students to practice their faith. Through this spiritual development, students also get opportunities to connect with each other. This is further endorsed as students find over 120 student led clubs and organisations where they learn with each other and form relationships. There is also the multicultural center which aims to bring people with diverse backgrounds together for creating an inclusive campus life and improving intellectual perspective. The college also works towards improving sustainability by ensuring LEED Certified buildings, and imparting conservation and preservation education through activities. Students are also active in serving the community by volunteering their hours; the students have their own emergency response team as well. For recreation there are intramurals and club sports, with college also having its athletic teams called ‘Tritons’ and participating at NCAA Division II. The campus colors are Teal, Navy, and Black.

    At Eckerd the programs offered are undergraduate programs with over 30 majors, 48 minors and several pre professional programs. Its prominent facilities are Peter H. Armacost Library, Wireman Chapel and Binninger Theatre.

    Eckerd School Facts

    • Years Estd.1958
    • NicknameTritons
    • ColorsTeal, Navy, and Black
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Eckerd Alumni

    • Hank Green

      Business & Industry

      Professional vlogger as well as an entrepreneur

    • Frank Farkas

      Politics & Law

      Former Florida State Representative

    • Aaron D. O'Connell

      Science & Medicine

      Creator of the world's first quantum machine

    • Mark Pauline

      Science & Medicine

      Founder and director of Survival Research Labs

    • Joe Lefebvre

      Professional Sports

      Former outfielder for New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies

    • Stephen Updegraff

      Science & Medicine

      Inventor of LASIK

    • Dennis Lehane

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone


  • Edward Waters College

    Jacksonville, Florida

    Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida
    • 2,254 Total Students
    • 54% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 3,353 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Edward Waters is a private institute that was founded with the only objective to provide for educational opportunities for the former African American slaves in the region. It was founded in year 1866 as a school when Reverend Charles H. Pearce saw the need for an institute and raised funds to build it. The college received further help during its early years and soon flourished into a college.

    It was the first institute in the state to be established for the African Americans and was named Edward Waters College in 1892, after the third Bishop of the AME Church. Being a historically black institute, it is since committed to providing educational excellence, setting high moral standards and focusing on research as well as service for a better future of the communities.

    Dedicated to student success, the college offers every necessary resource required for a complete development of its students. There are a range of student led organisations as well as the student Government Association both of which serve as primary units for learning a new skills and getting hands on leadership experience and exposure. There is also an active Greek Life on campus as well as social events, providing entertainment as well as the chance to make new friends. Student activities also consist of volunteering programs and service initiatives wherein students connect with people outside campus by serving them. With strong character development, there is also emphasis on religious development; the Campus ministry and Chaplain provide chapel services, prayer and worship activities, sermon sessions and others. Additional student services exist in the form of counselling service helping students in their academic journeys and eliminating obstacles, and career services ensuring chances for successful career start of its students. The college also has its athletic teams, called ‘Tigers and Lady Tigers’ taking part at NAIA. Its campus colors are Purple, Orange and White.

    The academic programs at Edward Waters consist of three Bachelors degree programs in eight academic disciplines. Its prominent facility is the Centennial Hall, which is added to the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.

    Edward Waters School Facts

    • Years Estd.1866 (Institute)1883 (High School)1955 (Junior College)1979 (College)
    • NicknameTigers and Lady Tigers
    • Motto Eng.Academic, Spiritual, Physical
    • ColorsPurple, Orange and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Religious AffiliationAfrican Methodist Episcopal

  • Florida Polytechnic University

    Lakeland, Florida

    Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida
    • 924 Total Students
    • 52% Acceptance Rate
    • 42% Enrollment Rate
    • 20 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,812 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Florida Polytechnic University, also known as Florida Poly, is the only public polytechnic state university available in Florida. The university focuses mainly on STEM education. Florida Poly was originally founded in 1988 as a branch of the University of South Florida. It was known as University of South Florida Lakeland. In 2008, the State of Florida changed its name to be the University of South Florida Polytechnic. Finally in 2012, University of South Florida Polytechnic was authorized by the Florida Legislature to be separate and was named by its current name. The separation process was supported Florida State Senator JD Alexander. Florida Poly first classes opened its doors for students on 25th of August, 2014. Florida Poly campus occupies around 170 acres connected with Polk State College campus through the biking university trail. The campus has a unique location in Lakeland beside the beautiful waterfalls and in the middle between Tampa and Orlando.

    Florida Poly mission is to prepare leaders for the 21st Century in the sophisticated fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).It aims at preparing its students to be well-educated professionals capable of facing the innovative challenges through an integrated system .

    The university is characterized by its sophisticated Supercomputer and Student Data Center Lab located in the IST building that contains a very distinguished high speed and high performance super capacity IBM computers. This distinctive supercomputer occupies its entire room and its height is almost 6 meters.

    Florida Poly offers two baccalaureate degrees with 19 majors, and two master’s degrees. All the degrees and facilities of classrooms and laboratories offered by Florida Poly are prepared to provide students with STEM based education. Florida Poly campus consists of two colleges.

    Florida Poly School Facts

    • Years Estd.April 20, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-04-20)
    • MascotPhoenix
    • ColorsRoyal Purple
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Jose Maria Vargas University

    Pembroke Pines, Florida

    • 237 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Jose Maria Vargas University is a private higher educational institute located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It was established by Alicia F. Parra Ed.D following Vargas model who was a model for scholarship and productivity. He believed that education is the only possible way for continuous progress. The university offers programs that are research and career focused preparing students for the future both as professionals and humans equipped with the needed skills and knowledge.

    Vargas University offers 6 diploma programs including as Phlebotomist and EKG Aide. Other programs include 3 associate degree programs, 4 bachelor degree programs and 3 master’s degree programs in addition to continuing education courses. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Florida Commission for Independent Education. The university has an agreement with Microsoft to provide some academic programs to the students. Students applying to the university may get financial support from six scholarship programs as Lelis Antonio Scholarship, Fernando Antonio Scholarship, Angel Eduardo Scholarship and Erika Jose Scholarship in addition to financial aid schemes.

    JMVU School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Lincoln College of Technology

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    • 567 Total Students
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Lincoln College of Technology is a for-profit higher education institute that is a member of Lincoln Group of Schools. The college is located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was acquired by Stonington Partners and Hart Capital in 2003 joining the Lincoln Group. The college was formerly known as the Nashville Auto-Diesel College.

    Lincoln College has 8 campuses in Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Texas and Tennessee.

    Lincoln Tech School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Miami Regional University Seal

    Miami Regional University

    Miami, Florida

    • 943 Total Students
    • 27 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    Miami Regional University is a private for-profit institute located in Miami Florida. It was established in 1996. It initially operated as a management consulting, training and human development institution to provide daily support to people in managing their businesses. Three years later the institute made an agreement with CareerSource South Florida before expanding its agreement with CareerSource Broward, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Veteran’s Administration. The educational school was established in 2001 under the name of Management Resources Institute based on a license from the Florida Commission of Independent Education. At this time, the institute prepared a curriculum to prepare foreign graduate to become certified teachers in Florida State. Six years later, the college was accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (ACICS). The college achieved the university status in 2016 changing its name to Miami Regional University. Since December 2016, the ACICS became no longer recognized by the Department of Education and the university has an allowance period till 2018 to seek another accreditation from another entity to remain recognized.

    The university campus covers 60,000 square feet. The official colors of the university are gold and blue.

    The university is divided into two schools offering a bachelor degree program, an associate degree program, a diploma program and 3 master’s degree programs.

    MRU School Facts

    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • New College of Florida Seal

    New College of Florida

    Sarasota, Florida

    New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida
    • 861 Total Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,655 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    New College of Florida is a public honors college operating in Sarasota, Florida. It was established in 1960 by a group of community leaders who aimed at providing an institute to serve talented students of all genders, races and religions. Establishment of the college was financially supported by the United Church of Christ. The first class started at the college four years later and consisted of 101 students. The college faced significant financial difficulties that became obvious by 1975 as the college was $3.9 million in debts. In response to this situation, the University of South Florida offered to buy the university campus to establish a branch for the Sarasota and Bradenton area. The New College board agreed with Florida State to hand over the college campus to the state in return for paying the debts and keeping the college as a separate section within the University of South Florida campus. The board of trustees was then changed into a fund raising foundation for financial support for New College to reach the required operating budget. Sharing of the campus continued for 25 years.

    New College campus is located in Sarasota, Florida covering 144 acres. Its most distinctive buildings are College Hall, Cook Hall and Caples Hall which are three residential halls that were formerly the home of Edith and Charles Ringling, the home of Hester Ringling Lancaster Sanford and the home of Ellen and Ralph Caples, respectively. The three buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other important buildings include Beverly Koski Academic Plaza and the Academic Center which received Gold Certification in 2011.

    New College offers liberal arts education which adopts four main criteria including the use of narrative evaluation instead of traditional grades, signing contracts with the students each semester specifying their courses and objectives. Additionally, students are required to complete independent study project and to submit original thesis.

    New College School Facts

    • Years Estd.1960
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationFlorida
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous New College Alumni

    • Robert D. Atkinson

      Business & Industry

      founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    • Esther Barazzone

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Chatham University

    • Thomas Bell

      Science & Medicine

      NASA scientist

    • Lincoln Diaz-Balart

      Politics & Law

      Former United States Congressman

    • William C. Dudley

      Politics & Law

      President of New York Federal Reserve Bank


  • The University of Tampa Seal

    The University of Tampa

    Tampa, Florida

    The University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida
    • 7,959 Total Students
    • 51% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 18,721 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    The University of Tampa is a private higher education institute located in Tampa, Florida. The university was established in 1931 by Frederic H. Spaulding who was former principal of Tampa’s Hillsborough High School. Two years later, the college relocated to its current location which was formerly Tampa Bay Hotel which was closed during the Great Depression. In 1941, the city signed a lease contract for 99 years at the value of $1 per year for the hotel and the school except the southeast wing which hosted the Henry B. Plant Museum. The university received full accreditation in 1951 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1974, financial problems forced the college to terminate its football team because it was not able to afford the costs of competing in the NCAA Division I. The university received two major donations of $10 million and $28 million in 1997 and 2000, respectively. The donations were part of the fund raising campaign “Take UT to the Top” which succeeded in collecting $83 million.

    Tampa states that its mission is to provide high quality education to students from diverse backgrounds. The university campus covers 110 acres in downtown Tampa. It has several distinctive buildings and facilities including Cass Building, Dickey Health and Wellness Center, Edison Building, East Walker Hall, Falk Theatre. The campus offers 12 residence halls including Austin Hall, Barrymore Hotel, McNeel Boathouse, Palm Apartments and Vaughn Center. Athletic facilities on campus include Pepin Stadium and Martinez Athletics Center. Tampa athletic teams compete in NCAA Division II as members of the Sunshine State Conference. Their mascot is called Spartacus while their colors are black, red and gold. Tampa students publish a literary journal called Neon and a newspaper called the Minaret.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges including Sykes College of Business. It offers academic programs in more than 200 areas of studies.

    UT School Facts

    • Years Estd.1931
    • NicknameSpartans
    • MascotSpartacus
    • MottoEsse quam videri
    • Motto Eng.To be, rather than to seem to be
    • ColorsRed, Black, Gold
    • LocationFlorida
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – Sunshine State
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous UT Alumni

    • Tino Martinez

      Professional Sports

      Major League Baseball player

    • Pascal Milien

      Professional Sports

      professional football player

    • Pete Peterson

      Politics & Law

      former U.S. Air Force Colonel

    • Rod Blagojevich

      Politics & Law

      governor of Illinois

    • Bob Martinez

      Politics & Law

      mayor of Tampa and 40th Governor of Florida


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