Resources to Find Florida Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Florida Colleges

Florida Highway SignIf you’re looking for Florida colleges, the Florida Choices website sponsored by the Florida Department of Education is a good place to start. Students who register can create a portfolio of work and take various skills assessments. Users can search for colleges using the school finder which searches on an extensive list of characteristics and isn’t limited to Florida schools. The site includes a scholarships search and the ability to compare schools. There is also a good overview of the federal financial aid programs.

Florida residents should visit the Florida Department of Student Financial Assistance website The Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs. This is essentially the state site for state funded grants and scholarships. Users will find information on the Bright Futures Scholarship Program and the Talented Twenty Program. The site contains the online and PDF version of the Florida Financial Aid Application.

The College Goal Sunday website is sponsored by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. They also provide a ten page PDF on Planning for a Higher Education. Although not very user-friendly, students planning on starting out at a community college might want to visit the Department of Education’s Articulation section.

Some Numbers to Help You Find Florida Colleges

Florida has 67 four-colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. These include 14 institutions that grant some four-year bachelor degrees but are primarily community colleges. Of the 434,901 students, almost 80% attend the 35 public institutions in the state compared to the 20% at Florida’s 32 private colleges.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges is 35.6% and the five-year rate for public-institutions with available information is 47.8%. A total of 10 schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

College-bound seniors in Florida had an average of 19.6 ACT Composite score with a 18.7 for English and 19.7 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 24 for English, and 23 for Math.  A total of 25 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Florida applied to:

  • University of Central Florida
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Miami
  • Florida A&M University
  • University of West Florida The
  • Miami Dade College
  • Valencia College
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • University of Tampa
  • Santa Fe College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Florida State Coll at Jacksonville
  • Palm Beach Community College
  • Hillsborough Community College

Florida Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Florida colleges athletic conferences

List of Florida Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Florida Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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4/5 Yr
Net Price
Adventist University of Health SciencesPrivate60401316437
Ave Maria UniversityPrivate890556018632
Barry UniversityPrivate3619224721004
Bethune-Cookman UniversityPrivate3611236716518
Broward CollegePublic133428174
Chipola CollegePublic9424785
College of Central FloridaPublic30489895
Daytona State CollegePublic61566811
Eastern Florida State CollegePublic59295706
Eckerd CollegePrivate1947597130352
Edison State CollegePublic50409836
Edward Waters CollegePrivate84512712188
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachPrivate4359347434757
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-WorldwidePrivate2898299917983
Everglades UniversityPrivate1184589122650
Flagler College-St AugustinePrivate2746465020910
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityPublic8040294511335
Florida Atlantic UniversityPublic15891334813614
Florida CollegePrivate53395919016
Florida Gateway CollegePublic9514688
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPublic10151386613297
Florida Institute of TechnologyPrivate3068396032192
Florida Institute of Technology-OnlinePrivate1359
Florida International UniversityPublic25954414312122
Florida Memorial UniversityPrivate1414234216005
Florida Southern CollegePrivate2126475022423
Florida State College at JacksonvillePublic92177336
Florida State UniversityPublic28910745715511
Gulf Coast State CollegePublic22245070
Hodges UniversityPrivate130308317407
Indian River State CollegePublic59401846
Jacksonville UniversityPrivate2201244720618
Johnson & Wales University-North MiamiPrivate1900316522535
Keiser University-Ft LauderdalePrivate12007599321420
Lake-Sumter State CollegePublic12464680
Lynn UniversityPrivate1634337835458
Miami Dade CollegePublic2657914535
New College of FloridaPublic793646112018
Northwest Florida State CollegePublic26778864
Northwood University-FloridaPrivate538285116764
Nova Southeastern UniversityPrivate3452255727615
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityPrivate2358408422793
Palm Beach State CollegePublic94602647
Pensacola State CollegePublic44678134
Polk State CollegePublic38419304
Ringling College of Art and DesignPrivate1212567345462
Rollins CollegePrivate2366615932225
Saint Johns River State CollegePublic22927167
Saint Leo UniversityPrivate8663317717624
Santa Fe CollegePublic60597966
Seminole State College of FloridaPublic68858443
South Florida State CollegePublic9705536
Southeastern UniversityPrivate2473245918797
St Petersburg CollegePublic91187695
St Thomas UniversityPrivate963284618379
State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaPublic438110461
Stetson UniversityPrivate2692565921975
The University of TampaPrivate6188515226735
The University of West FloridaPublic7581364811873
University of Central FloridaPublic36229614915033
University of FloridaPublic30314834715157
University of MiamiPrivate10637714031164
University of North FloridaPublic10088435313207
University of South Florida-Main CampusPublic23734574511335
University of South Florida-Sarasota-ManateePublic83735
University of South Florida-St PetersburgPublic2658384412618
Valencia CollegePublic165236063
Warner UniversityPrivate888263416109
Webber International UniversityPrivate63326421375

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