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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Florida include 41 public and 84 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Florida is $6,365, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Florida. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of higher education programs in the southern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Florida

Best Colleges In Florida

University of Florida

University of Miami

University of Central Florida

University of South Florida

University of North Florida

The University of Tampa

Stetson University

St. Thomas University

Warner University

Southeastern University

Webber International University

University of West Florida

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Florida

A major part of choosing your career or the state in which you’ll pursue an education is the potential for employment and career growth. The industries that employ the most people in Florida are office and administrative support occupations, sales, food preparation and serving, transportation and material moving, and business and financial operations.

The fastest-growing occupations in Florida for workers with a bachelor’s degree are data scientists, information security analysts, film and video editors, interpreters and translators, and market research analysts.

Of the 150 largest employers in the state, some of the best workplaces for job seekers with a bachelor’s degree include AdventHealth Orlando, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, and Raymond James.

What’s Next?

Many students’ main concern is how to cover the cost of tuition. The following list includes some helpful state and national resources for securing financial aid in Florida:

  • Florida Department of Education — Office of Student Financial Assistance. This agency provides students with information regarding state scholarships and grants. Its mission is to facilitate higher education access by providing comprehensive financial aid information about various products available to college students.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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