Florida Schools & Education Dr. Tony Bennett
Commissioner of Education
Thank you for your interest in education in Florida.
Whether you live in Florida, are considering moving here, or are just visiting, you may not be aware of the high marks the Sunshine State earns for its public education system. Just last year, Florida ranked first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. Florida's fourth graders ranked second in the world, just behind fourth graders in Hong Kong, on an international reading assessment. US News & World Report included four Florida magnet high schools in its top 10 magnet high school list. Newsweek named two Florida high schools in its top 10 list and Education Next ranked Florida second in the nation in educational progress over the past 10 years.
Floridians have a lot to be proud of when it comes to education.
Florida Higher Education and Schooling Options
Florida offers numerous options for students seeking higher education, including 4-year universities, 2-year community colleges and technical schools. Three of the larger higher learning institutions include Miami Dade College, the University of Florida in Gainesville and Valencia Community College in Orlando.
Due to the incredible growth rate, Florida has had to adjust its Education systems to meet the needs of it’s new and existing residents. The result is a success story.
In Fact, 9 Florida Colleges rank among the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities for 2004. 825 entrepreneurship programs and curricula were researched and ranked on more than 70 separate criteria. Florida universities among Top 50 Regional Programs: Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, University of Florida. Florida universities among Top Entrepreneurship Emphasis Programs: University of South Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Stetson University. Top Florida colleges with Limited Curriculum programs are: Bethune-Cookman College, Rollins College, Eckerd College.
(Entrepreneur Magazine, May/2004
As it stands today (2005) Florida is one of the leading states in both private and public education.
Regardless of your needs, be it for your children (public or private) higher education, adult education or trade/medical/law schools, there is a learning facility here for you.
For stats on Florida education and accountability go to http://www.firn.edu/doe/eias/eiaspubs/reports.htm
A few quick facts about our higher education facilities.
Florida has 28 community colleges.
Florida has 16 State universities.
Florida has 120 plus private colleges and universities.
Florida has 18 adult and community education locations.
Florida has 18 health care schools.
Florida has 13 Legal and criminal justice schools.
Florida has 22 technical schools
Florida has 19 business schools with over 56 locations.
Florida has 10 Law schools
Florida has 5 Art schools
Florida has 2 (among the best in the country) Culinary schools
Florida has 4 computer schools
Florida has 70 Aviation schools
Florida has 13 higher education facilities.
In addition, the Community college system in Florida is one of the best in the world. Basically it has been set up so that wherever you reside, there’s a college within commuting distance. )
Link to Florida state universities
Link to public and private law schools
Link to independent colleges and universities
Link to all Florida public schools by county
In conclusion, regardless of where you live, Florida has education opportunities for you. Be it public or private, pre school or higher learning, including adult education.
For specific educational information, including trade schools, go to the different areas and see the education link drop down list.
Higher Education Institutions in Florida
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the largest higher learning institution in the country and has eight campuses and 21 outreach centers located within Miami-Dade County. The 4-year Florida college offers certificates of achievement and post baccalaureate certificates, as well as associate's and bachelor's degree programs. Students can choose among associate's degree programs in biotechnology, music business, criminal justice administration, religion and radiology, while bachelor's degree programs are available in public safety management, nursing and secondary science education. According to 2009 stats provided by Community College Week, Miami Dade College is second in the country for number of associate's degrees awarded in the 4-year college category.
Address: 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Phone Number: (305) 237-8888
University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
The University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville is the state's oldest university and one of the nation's five largest higher learning institutions. The 4-year school is also one of only 17 public land-grant schools that are part of the Association of American Universities. UF's entire campus sits on more than 2,000 acres and has 900 buildings - 170 of which include classroom and laboratory space. The university has 16 colleges with more than 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate programs available. Undergraduate programs at UF include advertising, economics, nuclear engineering and zoology, while graduate programs are available in fields such as dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
Address: 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number: (352) 392-3261
Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL
Valencia Community College, with its main campus in Orlando, is one of 28 community colleges in Florida. The 2-year school has three other campuses and two centers in the Orlando area. The school offers associate degrees and certificate programs in areas including graphic design, business administration, paralegal studies, dental hygiene and culinary arts. In its 2009 rankings, Community College Week named Valencia Community College second in the country among 2-year colleges in the number of associate's degrees awarded.
Address: 190 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Phone Number: (407) 299-2187
Top 20 Largest Colleges and Universities in Florida
College/University Student Population Institution Type
Miami Dade College 57,222 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Central Florida 50,121 4-year, Public
University of South Florida - Main Campus 46,189 4-year, Public
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
Florida State University 38,682 4-year, Public
Valencia Community College 35,460 2-year, Public
Broward College 33,448 4-year, Public
Nova Southeastern University 28,378 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Florida Atlantic University 26,839 4-year, Public
St. Petersburg College 26,659 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Florida State University at Jacksonville 25,903 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Palm Beach State College 25,122 4-year, Public
Hillsborough Community College 24,037 2-year, Public
Brevard Community College 15,607 2-year, Public
Indian River State College 15,366 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
University of Miami 15,323 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of North Florida 15,280 4-year, Public
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide 15,225 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Daytona State College 15,030 4-year, primarily associate's, Public