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Florida Private Colleges and Universities

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Florida private colleges offer a combination of advantages that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. There are many states that boast schools and universities with high academic reputations. And there are many states that have amazing temperature all year round. There are many states that offer a smorgasbord of fun weekend activities like beaches (there are two coasts from which to choose), theme parks, and wildlife preserves. But Florida schools and universities take advantage all these things. Top private colleges and universities are located throughout Florida and in cities such as Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale and the state capital of Tallahassee.

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Private Colleges in Florida

Florida private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine. In Florida there are eighty-three accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition.

These Florida private colleges are diverse in character, scholastic emphasis, and origins. Some private colleges or schools have a religious affiliation; others are secular. Florida private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. Typically, Florida independent colleges or private schools give weight to personal characteristics and activities in addition to considering GPA and test scores.

Private Colleges and Universities in Florida includes:

  • University of Miami (Coral Gables)
  • Eckerd College (St. Petersburg)
  • Flagler College (St. Augustine)
  • Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)
  • Barry University (Miami)
  • Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) in Melbourne, FL
  • Barry University in Miami, FL
  • Lynn University (The Fighting Knights) in Boca Raton, FL
  • Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • University of Miami (UM) in Coral Gables, FL
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL

The largest being Nova Southeastern University with 15,146 full time students. University of Miami is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $39,980. Florida also is home to many specialized institutions, including art schools and one of the largest and oldest aviation schools in the world, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Why attend a Florida Private Colleges

Florida private colleges offer majors in liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, medicine, law, engineering, architecture, optometry, and other technical fields. They have 135 main and satellite campuses, as well as hundreds of on-line degree programs. Regardless of their history, size, location or focus, these schools provide unique educational opportunities. They get high grades from students, alumni, educators and communities. Their report card has five "A's"... Available, Affordable, Accountable, Adaptable and Acclaimed.

Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Inc.

Independent colleges or universities are accessible and affordable. The 30 ICUF colleges and universities with 114 additional sites around the state, award 25% of Florida's bachelor degrees and one-third of all degrees. Their enrollments vary from approximately 200 to nearly 26,000 students. Their average class has 19 students. They are funded through student tuition that can use federal, state, and institutional aid. Over 90% of full-time undergraduate students at ICUF institutions receive financial aid.

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