List of Universities in Florida: All Major Florida Universities
This article includes a list of Florida's 20 largest universities, as well as describes the five largest major universities in the state. Each university listed is a public or private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning. Read on to learn about the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of Central Florida in Orlando and several other institutions.
What Are the Major Florida Universities?
The five largest institutions of higher learning located within the state of Florida are 4-year, public universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The schools are located in cities ranging from northern Tallahassee to southern Miami and are each a part of the State University System of Florida, overseen by the State of Florida Board of Government. They are listed in order of largest to smallest below.
University of Florida in Gainesville
The University of Florida (UF), founded in 1853, is classified as a land-grant research university. It belongs to the Association of American Universities; only 16 other public, land-grant institutions hold this distinction. UF has more than 16 colleges offering over 100 undergrad majors and about 200 graduate programs. This Florida school is situated on a 2,000-acre campus in Gainesville, and it has more than 900 buildings, one of which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Address: 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
- Phone Number: (352) 392-3261
University of Central Florida in Orlando
The University of Central Florida (UCF) was founded as the Florida Technological University in 1963. Its main campus is located on more than 1,400 acres in Orlando and the school also operates 11 other campuses around Central Florida. More than 600 acres of UCF's campus is dedicated to an arboretum, woods and a lake. UCF offers more than 220 degree programs through 12 colleges in areas such as engineering, business administration, medicine, nursing, computer science, education and graduate studies.
- Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816
- Phone Number: (407) 823-2000
University of South Florida in Tampa
The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956, is located in Tampa and enrolls almost 40,000 students each year. USF has two separately accredited universities, USF and USF St. Petersburg; other campuses are also located in Sarasota and Lakeland. The University of South Florida with 11 colleges offers more than 225 degree programs. It has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a very high research activity school. USF and USF St. Petersburg are both accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
- Phone Number: (813) 974-2011
Florida International University in Miami
Florida International University (FIU), founded in 1972, is the first public 4-year institution in Miami-Dade County. It had an opening day enrollment of more than 5,600 students, the largest in U.S. history. More than 39,000 students are currently enrolled and, according to U.S. News & World Report, Florida International University's 2008 graduates had less debt than any other public university. It offers over 200 programs through 11 degree-granting colleges, including the new Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
- Address: 11200 S.W. 8th St., Miami, FL 33199
- Phone Number: (305) 348-2000
Florida State University in Tallahassee
Florida State University is located in Tallahassee and is the one of the oldest public universities in Florida. Initially called the West Florida Seminary, it welcomed its first class of students in 1857. Florida State is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation. More than 275 programs are offered through its 15 schools, including 88 undergraduate, 102 master's, 67 doctoral and 19 specialist degree programs, as well as two professional degree programs. Overseas study programs are also available in Italy, Panama, Spain and England.
- Address: 211 Westcott Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306
- Phone Number: (850) 644-2525
List of the 20 Largest Florida Universities
|University Name||City||University Type||Student Population|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||51,474|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||50,121|
|University of South Florida - Main Campus||Tampa, FL||4-year, Public||46,189|
|Florida International University||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||38,759|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||38,682|
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||28,378|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, FL||4-year, Public||26,839|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||15,323|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||15,280|
|Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide||Daytona Beach, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||15,225|
|Saint Leo University||Saint Leo, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||12,942|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||11,857|
|The University of West Florida||Pensacola, FL||4-year, Public||10,491|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers, FL||4-year, Public||10,204|
|Barry University||Miami, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||8,581|
|The University of Tampa||Tampa, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||5,800|
|Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach||Daytona Beach, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||5,062|
|Stetson University||DeLand, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||3,696|
|Bethune - Cookman University||Daytona Beach, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||3,633|
|Jacksonville University||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||3,418|
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