Students hoping to pursue a doctoral degree in Florida will find schools of a variety of sizes and types all around the Sunshine State. Several of Florida's largest state schools offer Ph.D. programs, and the majority of doctorate-granting schools are public. Here we look at NCES reports to compare a few of these institutions. The schools will be compared in these four categories:
Florida Schools Near Large Cities
Larger cities often offer greater resources than schools in less populated areas. Some things include research opportunities, places to study and places to relax and recuperate. If this is important to you, You have quite a few schools to pick from that are located in urban areas. Here are five.
- Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
- University of South Florida-Main Campus (Tampa, FL)
- Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
- Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
Largest Schools in Florida
Larger student bodies are often associated with greater networking, research and extracurricular opportunities. The following universities have the largest student populations, with each school enrolling at least 40,000 graduate and undergraduate students in 2015, according to figures from the NCES.
- University of Florida (17,243 enrolled graduate students)
- University of South Florida-Main Campus (10,956 enrolled graduate students)
- Florida International University (8,750 enrolled graduate students)
- University of Central Florida (8,291 enrolled graduate students)
- Florida State University (8,124 enrolled graduate students)
Graduate tuition can often vary largely by program, and is a statistic worth assessing before you choose to apply to a program. The following schools have some of the lowest tuition costs for full-time, in-state graduate students, as shown by 2015-2016 NCES data.
- Florida Atlantic University ($6,657 in-state)
- Southeastern University ($8,681 in-state)
- University of Central Florida ($8,872 in-state)
- Florida Gulf Coast University ($8,961 in-state)
- The University of West Florida ($9,062 in-state)
Highest Graduation Rates
While not directly related to the success of graduate students, undergraduate-graduations rates can still be used to assess the expected quality of education at an university. The overall graduation rates reported by the NCES represent full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009 and graduated in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree). The following schools listed below have the highest graduation rates among comparable institutions, all 70% or better.
- University of Florida (87% graduation rate)
- University of Miami (82% graduation rate)
- Florida State University (79% graduation rate)
- Rollins College (71% graduation rate)
- University of Central Florida (70% graduation rate)
Getting a Ph.D. is a monumental task, one which you will want to take on at a school that fits you best. While there a lot of things to consider when selecting a Ph.D. programs, here we hope to help you get started by providing you with information about the location, sizes, tuition rates and undergraduate-graduation rates of the schools that host them.