There are 29 private and 12 public universities in the sate of Florida. 28 additional public colleges, mostly community colleges, comprise the totality of higher education in the state. Over a million students per year attend Florida colleges and universities annually.
The state's most recognizable colleges include the University of Florida, The University of Miami and Florida State University. FSU and UF both began in 1851 as seminaries in antebellum Florida. However, neither university adopted its current role until 1906, when the University of Florida first opened its doors. The University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida, is one of the state's largest private universities.
Especially notable, however, is the success of Miami Dade College, one of the most complex colleges in the country of any kind. Spread over eight separate campuses, Miami Dade College has an enrollment of 174,000, over 80,000 more students than any other community college in the nation.
- Flagler College
- Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
- Florida Atlantic University
- Florida Gulf Coast University
- Florida Institute of Technology
- Florida International University
- Florida Memorial University
- Florida Metropolitan University
- Florida Southern College
- Florida State University
- Saint John Vianney College Seminary
- Saint Leo University
- St. Thomas University
- South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary
- Stetson University
- University of Central Florida
- University of Florida
- University of Miami
- University of North Florida
- University of South Florida
- University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
- University of West Florida
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