There are numerous options throughout the state of Florida for prospective students looking to obtain a college degree. There are large state universities, as well as more affordable and intimate technical schools and community colleges. All of these schools have been compared and broken down into four important categories based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).
Florida Schools Near Large Cities
According to the NCES, there are three major metropolitan areas in Florida that contain large cities. Student looking for a campus in a large metropolitan area may want to consider one of the following schools, most of which offer 4-year bachelor's degrees.
- Edward Waters College (Jacksonville)
- Everest University-Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
- Everest University-Tampa (Tampa)
- Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
- Miami Dade College (Miami)
Largest Schools in Florida
Most of the largest schools in Florida are public schools where students can achieve undergraduate and graduate degrees. Whether you're interested in public or private non-profit schools, students will also have the choice of attending colleges with in excess of 40,000 students, as of the fall in 2015.
- University of Central Florida (62,953 students)
- Miami Dade College (62,332 students)
- University of Florida (50,645 students)
- Florida International University (49,782 students)
- Valencia College (44,050 students)
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these traditional Florida schools are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2014-2015 academic year, for full-time undergraduates.
- Indian River State College ($1,547)
- Palm Beach State College ($2,615)
- North Florida Community College ($4,178)
- Tallahassee Community College ($4,307)
- Chipola College ($4,408)
Highest Graduation Rate
The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). These stats are based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students who were expected to graduate in 2015.
- University of Florida (87% graduation rate)
- University of Miami (82% graduation rate)
- Beacon College (80% graduation rate)
- Florida State University (79% graduation rate)
- New College of Florida (71% graduation rate)
Depending on students' goals and desires, this list of Florida schools may help students narrow down which school may suit them best.