Top 20 List of Schools in Florida: University Rankings

See which schools in Florida have the best reputations. Read about a couple of profiled schools, and get ranking and program information, as well as details about other distinctions for 20 of the best schools in Florida.

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The state of Florida currently offers almost 400 options for students interested in a postsecondary education, including several top-ranked colleges and universities. The top schools are the University of Florida, Gainesville, and University of Miami in Coral Gables, both of which earned high marks from U.S. News and World Report when compared with other schools. Read on to learn more.

Best Florida Schools and University Rankings

University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida

The University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville is a 4-year, public land-grant and research university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked UF 47th among the best national universities, making it the highest ranked school in the state. With a total enrollment of approximately 51,000 students, UF is also one of the most populated universities in Florida.

University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida

Ranked 50th overall by U.S. News and World Report in 2010, the University of Miami (UM) in Coral Gables is ranked as the second-best school in Florida. This 4-year, private research institution is composed of 12 colleges and schools offering a total of 180 undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is well known as a major research facility in the state. Other areas of research include engineering, psychology, education and marine science.

List of 20 Good Florida Schools and Universities

College/University Name Distinction Location
Barry University Catholic institution; university named to Forbes list of institutions offering students the best return on investment (ROI) Miami, FL
Broward College College has over 200 online course offerings Fort Lauderdale, FL
Daytona State College College's QUANTA program allows freshman associate's degree students to work with a team of faculty members who provide instruction in writing, critical thinking, social science and cultural arts courses; students participate in small student groups Daytona Beach, FL
Florida A&M University University operates several research centers and institutes studying subjects like small business development, juvenile justice, environmental issues, international agriculture and music and the entertainment industry Tallahassee, FL
Florida Atlantic University University has 6 campuses across the state, including institutions dedicated to oceanography, architecture and an honors college Boca Raton, FL
Florida Institute of Technology Undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 9:1 Melbourne, FL
Florida International University University operates the Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys, the only underwater ocean laboratory in the world Miami, FL
Florida State College at Jacksonville College offers accelerated study options in a variety of areas, including 12-to-18-month associate's degrees, 8-week course formats and credit for prior learning, either in a college setting or through some other means Jacksonville, FL
Florida State University University has the highest designation for research-intensive institutions, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, assigned by the Carnegie Foundation; university offers over 275 degree programs Tallahassee, FL
Miami Dade College College administers more than 300 programs of study, including online offerings, continuing education and dual enrollment programs for high school students Miami, FL
Nova Southeastern University Distance learning options are offered through the university's 7 regional campuses and through numerous online programs; 83 online degree programs certified by the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus program Fort Lauderdale, FL
Palm Beach State College College has the lowest tuition rates of any 4-year college in Florida Lake Worth, FL
Santa Fe College College offers a zoo animal technology program, and students receive training through a zoo operated by the college Gainesville, FL
St. Petersburg College College has partnerships with other Florida institutions, such as the University of Florida, Florida State and the Florida Institute of Technology, that allow the college to offer over 100 degree and certificate options Clearwater, FL
University of Central Florida University's research initiatives are focused on technology development and other marketable innovations, as well as business development Orlando, FL
University of Florida University's Innovation Academy, for incoming freshmen, allows students to spend a semester off campus to engage in activities to drive creativity, leadership and entrepreneurship; options include research, internships and study abroad Gainesville, FL
University of Miami Students have numerous opportunities for international study at universities in more than 33 countries through the school's exchange-partnerships Coral Gables, FL
University of North Florida Business students have the option to spend 2 years studying business in Marseille, France, in addition to their time at UNF, and students will be awarded 2 degrees Jacksonville, FL
University of South Florida University ranked 15th in the world for universities granted U.S. patents, based on 2013 rankings by the Intellectual Property Owners Association Tampa, FL
The University of West Florida University named to the Princeton Review's Best Southeastern Colleges list for the past 10 years Pensacola, FL
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