East Coast Colleges & Universities

The three largest schools along the East Coast of the United States as of 2014 are in Florida and Virginia. Continue reading to learn about Liberty University, Miami Dade College and the University of Central Florida. Get information about the academic programs they offer and their national rankings.

How to Choose an East Coast College or University

The East Coast spans 15 states with numerous well-known colleges and universities, meaning students have plenty of options when it comes to picking a location for postsecondary education. A number of nationally recognized schools can be found on both ends of the coast, with the prestigious Ivy League in the north and a number of excellent public schools to the south. Students considering attending an East Coast school should take into account the following considerations during the application process:

  • Students attending public universities in their home state often receive dramatically lower tuition rates.
  • Many public universities feature large student bodies, and students should consider whether they wish to attend a large or small school.
  • Regardless of size, students should ensure that their school features a suitable student-to-teacher ratio.

Liberty University

Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. This private school is the largest Christian university in the world, and U.S. News and World Report ranked it among the top 100 regional universities in the South for 2015. It also ranked 58th among the best colleges for veterans. Liberty offers over 350 academic programs, with many programs available through online learning. The areas of study offered at Liberty include education, law, music, religion, osteopathic medicine and engineering, among many others.

Miami Dade College

The main campus of Miami Dade College is located on the Atlantic coast of Florida at the north end of Biscayne Bay. Miami Dade awards the most associate's degrees of any college in the U.S., including the most associate's degrees to minority students, as of 2012-13. It offers over 150 academic programs, mostly at the associate's degree or certificate level, though it provides ten bachelor's degree options. These 4-year options include exceptional student education, secondary mathematics education, secondary science education, public safety management and nursing.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida (UCF) is located at the eastern edge of Orlando, Florida. In 2014, the Princeton Review named UCF as one of the nation's 'Best Value' colleges. UCF is composed of 12 colleges in areas such as arts and humanities, business administration, education, engineering and computer science, hospitality management and medicine. The university has made notable research contributions in business administration, computer science, digital media, education, engineering, hospitality management and optics. UCF offers more than 200 majors, and its graduate degree programs include master's and doctoral options.

Top East Coast Schools

College/University Institution Type
Princeton University 4-year, Private
Harvard University 4-year, Private
Yale University4-year, Private
Columbia University4-year, Private
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4-year, Private
Duke University4-year, Private
Johns Hopkins University4-year, Private
Dartmouth College4-year, Private
Brown University4-year, Private
Cornell University 4-year, Private

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