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Southern Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

The southern United States includes a wide array of large colleges and universities. Among the largest are Miami Dade College, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Georgia.

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The Largest Southern Colleges and Universities in the Nation

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is not only the largest college in the southern United States, but the largest college in the entire nation. Since its founding in 1960, the college has undergone significant growth and enrolled over 1.5 million students. Miami Dade has eight campuses located through the greater Miami area in southern Florida. Students at Miami Dade College can earn an associate or bachelor's degree, or pursue a certificate program. Among U.S. community colleges, the school awards the most associate degrees to Hispanics and African Americans, the most associate degrees in nursing and the most associate degrees overall.

Contact Information

  • Address: 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132
  • Phone Number: (305) 237-8888

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1881, is situated on a 350-acre campus approximately two miles from downtown Austin. The university includes 17 colleges and schools offering over 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degree programs. In terms of graduate degrees conferred, the University of Texas at Austin is among the largest schools in the nation. The National Research Council has ranked seven of the university's doctoral programs among the nation's top ten. Additionally, The Times of London recently ranked the University of Texas at Austin as the world's 15th best university.

Contact Information

  • Address: Austin, Texas 78712
  • Phone Number: (512) 471-3434

University of Georgia

Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the state's oldest institution of higher education and the nation's first state-chartered university. The 615-acre main campus include 388 buildings, with additional university locations and property totaling 39,000 acres. The University of Georgia offers 140 bachelor's, 124 master's and 91 doctoral fields of study across 16 colleges and schools. Additionally, there are 19 educational specialist degree programs. U.S. News & World Report has listed the University of Georgia 21st in its Best Colleges list of national public research universities.

Contact Information

  • Address: Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone Number: (706) 542-3000

List of Southern Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Miami Dade College57,2224-year, primarily associate's, Public
University of Florida51,4744-year, Public
University of Central Florida50,1214-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin49,9844-year, Public
Houston Community College System48,1692-year, Public
Texas A & M University48,0394-year, Public
University of South Florida46,1894-year, Public
Northern Virginia Community College42,6632-year, Public
Lone Star College System41,3452-year, Public
Tarrant County College District39,5962-year, Public
Florida International University38,7594-year, Public
Florida State University38,6824-year, Public
University of Houston36,1044-year, Public
Austin Community College District35,7982-year, Public
Valencia Community College35,4602-year, Public
University of North Texas34,8304-year, Public
University of Georgia34,1804-year, Public
Liberty University33,6044-year, Private not-for-profit
Broward College33,4482-year, Public
North Carolina State University at Raleigh32,8724-year, Public
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