Florida State Colleges and Universities Overview

There are about 80 public colleges and universities within Florida that are part of the State University System of Florida or the Florida College System of two-year schools. Review this information on state schools with the lowest net prices, highest graduation rates, closest proximity to large cities, and student enrollment to find the school for you.

The aggregate of state, or public, colleges in Florida includes everything from small schools to some of the largest universities in the country, with many other options that fall between the two extremes. We've organized the schools into four categories, based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), for your benefit.

Florida State Schools Near Large Cities

Students have the choice of attending state schools near large cities in south, north, or central Florida. Of the five schools listed below, two offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, while the other three offer only undergraduate degrees and certificates.

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
  • Miami Dade College (Miami)
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
  • University of South Florida-Main Campus (Tampa)

Largest State Schools in Florida

The five largest state schools in Florida are 4-year colleges and universities, as of the fall of 2015. The following schools have student populations between about 44,100 and 63,000 students:

  • 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)

Florida State Schools with Lowest Net Price

As defined by the NCES, a school's average net price is the total cost of attendance less the amount of financial aid that students receive from the government or other institutions. These five schools had the lowest reported net price of any of the state schools in 2014-2015, for full-time undergraduate students.

  • 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)

Florida State Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rates for Florida schools reported by the NCES are defined as the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the 'normal time' in which an award program may typically be earned (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree). The following schools had the highest graduation rates for Florida state colleges and universities, according to the NCES, for full-time undergraduates who graduated in 2015.

  • University of Florida (87% graduation rate)
  • Florida State University (79% graduation rate)
  • New College of Florida (71% graduation rate)
  • University of Central Florida (70% graduation rate)
  • University of South Florida-Main Campus (68% graduation rate)

With the presented information, you can compare many of the state public schools in Florida, according to their graduation rates, affordability, student enrollment, and location.

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