Florida Public Universities: List of Public Colleges and Schools
Florida's public universities and colleges are located throughout the state, especially in major urban centers. Among the largest public schools are the University of Florida in Gainesville, Miami Dade College and Valencia Community College in Orlando.
Public Colleges and Universities in Florida
Miami Dade College
As the largest public institution of higher learning in Florida, Miami Dade College is based in Downtown Miami with seven other campuses and centers throughout Miami-Dade County, as well as a virtual college. This 4-year college offers more than 300 programs of study leading to vocational, associate's and bachelor's degrees and certificates. The college's 12 academic schools include architecture and interior design, entertainment and design technology, computer and engineering technologies, aviation, business, education, environmental sciences, funeral service education, health sciences, justice and nursing. Students can also earn degree credit while studying in one of nearly 30 countries through the college's extensive study abroad program. Miami Dade College maintains transfer agreements with over 60 colleges and universities in the United States, including all public 4-year schools in Florida.
- Address: 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132
- Phone Number: (305) 237-8888
University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) is the state's oldest institution of higher learning and one of the five largest universities in the United States. UF was also ranked 15th among the nation's top public universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. This major, comprehensive university offers more than 100 undergraduate and nearly 200 graduate programs, yet limits the majority of its class sizes to 25 students. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the university stretches across 2,000 acres and houses over 7,500 students in its residence halls in addition to 1,700 married and graduate students in five family housing areas. The Florida Gator athletic teams are consistently ranked in the top ten standings and compete in the NCAA's Division I and Southeastern Conference.
- Address: P.O. Box 113150, Gainesville, FL 32611
- Phone Number: (352) 392-3261
Valencia Community College
Valencia Community College offers classes at eight locations throughout Orlando, Florida. Courses are also available online and via Digital TV. To prepare students for careers in a range of fields, the college offers 33 Associate of Science and three Associate of Applied Science programs, as well as over 60 technical certificates. Associate of Arts programs in a range of academic fields guarantee graduates admission to an advanced degree program at a partnered public school in Florida. Other educational offerings at Valencia Community College include four advanced certificate programs, internships, study abroad programs and dual-enrollment options for qualifying high school students. Valencia Community College students graduating with a career-oriented degree enjoy a 95% job placement rate.
- Address: P.O. Box 3028, Orlando, FL 32802
- Phone Number: (407) 299-5000
List of Largest Public Colleges and Universities in Florida by Student Enrollment
|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||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, primarily associate's, Public|
|Florida Atlantic University||26,839||4-year, Public|
|St. Petersburg College||26,659||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||25,903||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Palm Beach State College||25,122||4-year, primarily associate's, 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 North Florida||15,280||4-year, Public|
|Daytona State College||15,030||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Santa Fe College||14,796||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Seminole State College of Florida||14,049||2-year, Public|
|Tallahassee Community College||14,005||2-year, Public|
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