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Bradenton, Florida (FL) Colleges and Universities

There are 11 schools within a 25-mile radius of Bradenton, FL. A couple of these schools are specialized schools that offer specific programs. Here we will look at the schools that provide a variety of traditional programs.

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The 25-mile radius around Bradenton, FL, contains close to ten traditional public and private not-for-profit schools. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information on these post-secondary options, and we will compare them in four key categories.

Closest Schools to Bradenton, Florida

Students in or around Bradenton who want to stay close to home and don't want a long commute are in luck. Four of the five schools featured here are all within three miles of downtown. Most of these schools offer certificate programs, but two offer bachelor's degrees and one includes graduate programs as well.

  • Manatee Technical College (downtown)
  • New College of Florida (2.7 miles from downtown)
  • University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee (2.7 miles from downtown)
  • State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • Suncoast Technical College (11.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Bradenton, Florida

There are many benefits to going to a school with a larger student body. These include more opportunities for networking, larger variety of courses and more extracurricular activities. Here are the five largest schools near Bradenton based on 2015 NCES reports of student population:

  • State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (10,532 enrolled students)
  • University of South Florida-St Petersburg (4,739 enrolled students)
  • University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee (2,030 enrolled students)
  • Eckerd College (2,023 enrolled students)
  • Suncoast Technical College (1,117 enrolled students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The cost of higher education has a strong impact on a student's school choice, since some institutions are more affordable than others. The NCES reported the net price for some of the schools in the Bradenton, FL, area from 2014-2015. The net price is determined by taking the cost of attendance for first-time full-time undergraduate students and then subtracting any aid offered from the government or institution.

  • University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee ($5,324)
  • Manatee Technical College ($5,685)
  • Suncoast Technical College ($7,382)
  • University of South Florida-St Petersburg ($10,461)
  • New College of Florida ($11,203)

Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rates of Bradenton-area schools ranged from 29% - 75%, in 2015, but were mostly on the higher end of the spectrum. The full-time undergraduate students reflected in these rates earned a degree within 150% of normal graduation time, which is three years for an associate degree and six years for a bachelor's degree. 

  • Manatee Technical College (75% graduation rate)
  • Suncoast Technical College (72% graduation rate)
  • New College of Florida (71% graduation rate)
  • Eckerd College (65% graduation rate)
  • University of South Florida-St Petersburg (38% graduation rate)

The Bradenton area offers students a host of options from technical colleges with low net prices and high graduation rates to 4-year public and private schools within three miles of downtown, large enrollment numbers, and low net prices.

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