East Coast Colleges with School Overviews
From Florida to Maine, there are hundreds of 2- and 4-year colleges and universities located on the eastern coast of the United States. Read on to learn more about some of the most popular institutions in the region.
Top East Coast Colleges and Universities
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the largest postsecondary institution both on the east coast and in the entire U.S. The college's main campus is in Miami, FL, on the southern part of the east coast, and it has seven additional campuses located throughout the surrounding, area as well as an all-online virtual college.
Miami Dade was a 2-year community college when it first opened, but today it offers over 150 academic programs at the certificate, associate's and bachelor's levels. Students seeking vocational training can earn a career certificate, technical certificate or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in fields ranging from business and computer programming to nursing and allied health. There are also a limited number of career-oriented bachelor's degree programs at Miami Dade in the fields of law enforcement, public safety and health science.
General education associate's degree programs at Miami Dade also cover a wide range of options, from psychology to anthropology. In addition, students can study education at the bachelor's level.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia (UVA) is a large, public research university located in Charlottesville, VA, near the center of the east coast. It was ranked as the second top public universities in the nation in 2011 by the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) ranked UVA the top 'best value' public university in the country in the same year.
Students at UVA can earn degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, as well as professional degrees in medicine and law. There are almost 200 degrees offered at UVA outside of the professional schools in fields ranging from comparative literature to systems engineering.
New York University
New York University (NYU) is one the nation's largest private research university. It's located in the Manhattan borough of New York City, NY, near the northern region of the east coast, and it has an international satellite liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi. This selective institution was ranked in the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, and Times Higher Education magazine ranked NYU as the 60th top university in the world in 2010.
NYU confers over 25 different degree types at the bachelor's, master's, professional and doctoral levels. Undergraduates can pursue a broad-based liberal arts education in one of the hundreds degree programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Vocationally-oriented bachelor's-degree programs at NYU include studio arts, dentistry, nursing and social work.
Graduate students at NYU can study in hundreds of degree programs offered through 15 different schools. In addition to research-oriented areas of study in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, professional degrees are offered in medicine, law, business, the arts and related fields.
Largest Postsecondary Institutions on the East Coast
|School Name||Total Enrollment||Location|
|Miami Dade College||59,120||Miami, Florida|
|University of Central Florida||53,401||Orlando, Florida|
|University of Florida||50,691||Gainesville, Florida|
|Northern Virginia Community College||46,619||Annandale, Virginia|
|Liberty University||46,312||Lynchburg, Virginia|
|New York University||43,404||New York, New York|
|University of South Florida-Main Campus||40,022||Tampa, Florida|
|Florida State University||39,785||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Florida International University||39,610||Miami, Florida|
|Valencia Community College||39,008||Orlando, Florida|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick||37,366||New Brunswick, New Jersey|
|Broward College||37,360||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|University of Georgia||34,885||Athens, Georgia|
|Excelsior College||34,629||Albany, New York|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||33,819||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||32,172||Richmond, Virginia|
|George Mason University||32,067||Fairfax, Virginia|
|Boston University||31,960||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||30,870||Blacksburg, Virginia|
|Tidewater Community College||30,447||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Georgia State University||30,427||Atlanta, Georgia|
|St Petersburg College||29,282||Largo, Florida|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||28,916||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|University at Buffalo||28,881||Buffalo, New York|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||28,877||Jacksonville, Florida|
|University of South Carolina-Columbia||28,482||Columbia, South Carolina|
|Palm Beach State College||28,017||Lake Worth, Florida|
|East Carolina University||27,654||Greenville, North Carolina|
|Harvard University||27,651||Cambridge, Massachusetts|
|Florida Atlantic University||27,637||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Northeastern University||27,537||Boston, Massachusetts|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||27,016||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|Hillsborough Community College||26,964||Tampa, Florida|
|University of Connecticut||25,029||Storr, Connecticut|
|Suffolk County Community College||24,822||Selden, New York|
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte||24,701||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Stony Brook University||24,681||Stony Brook, New York|
|Georgia Perimeter College||24,549||Decatur, Georgia|
|University of Virginia-Main Campus||24,355||Charlottesville, Virginia|
|Old Dominion University||24,013||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Nassau Community College||22,719||Garden City, New York|
|Kennesaw State University||22,389||Kennesaw, Georgia|
|CUNY Hunter College||22,168||New York, New York|
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||21,424||New York, New York|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||21,306||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|University of Delaware||21,138||Newark, Delaware|
|CUNY Queens College||20,711||Flushing, New York|
|Cornell University||20,633||Ithaca, New York|
|St. John's University-New York||20,352||Queens, New York|
|Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus||20,291||Atlanta, Georgia|
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