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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.

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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 NameTotal EnrollmentLocation
Miami Dade College59,120Miami, Florida
University of Central Florida53,401Orlando, Florida
University of Florida50,691Gainesville, Florida
Northern Virginia Community College46,619Annandale, Virginia
Liberty University46,312Lynchburg, Virginia
New York University43,404New York, New York
University of South Florida-Main Campus40,022Tampa, Florida
Florida State University39,785Tallahassee, Florida
Florida International University39,610Miami, Florida
Valencia Community College39,008Orlando, Florida
Rutgers University-New Brunswick37,366New Brunswick, New Jersey
Broward College37,360Fort Lauderdale, Florida
University of Georgia34,885Athens, Georgia
Excelsior College34,629Albany, New York
North Carolina State University at Raleigh33,819Raleigh, North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University32,172Richmond, Virginia
George Mason University32,067Fairfax, Virginia
Boston University31,960Boston, Massachusetts
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University30,870Blacksburg, Virginia
Tidewater Community College30,447Norfolk, Virginia
Georgia State University30,427Atlanta, Georgia
St Petersburg College29,282Largo, Florida
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill28,916Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University at Buffalo28,881Buffalo, New York
Florida State College at Jacksonville28,877Jacksonville, Florida
University of South Carolina-Columbia28,482Columbia, South Carolina
Palm Beach State College28,017Lake Worth, Florida
East Carolina University27,654Greenville, North Carolina
Harvard University27,651Cambridge, Massachusetts
Florida Atlantic University27,637Boca Raton, Florida
Northeastern University27,537Boston, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Amherst27,016Amherst, Massachusetts
Hillsborough Community College26,964Tampa, Florida
University of Connecticut25,029Storr, Connecticut
Suffolk County Community College24,822Selden, New York
University of North Carolina at Charlotte24,701Charlotte, North Carolina
Stony Brook University24,681Stony Brook, New York
Georgia Perimeter College24,549Decatur, Georgia
University of Virginia-Main Campus24,355Charlottesville, Virginia
Old Dominion University24,013Norfolk, Virginia
Nassau Community College22,719Garden City, New York
Kennesaw State University22,389Kennesaw, Georgia
CUNY Hunter College22,168New York, New York
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College21,424New York, New York
University of North Carolina at Greensboro21,306Greensboro, North Carolina
University of Delaware21,138Newark, Delaware
CUNY Queens College20,711Flushing, New York
Cornell University20,633Ithaca, New York
St. John's University-New York20,352Queens, New York
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus20,291Atlanta, Georgia
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