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Top Florida Colleges

12 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Florida


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Florida has some excellent colleges and universities.  This list of 12 of the top Florida colleges includes large universities, small colleges, and both public and private institutions. The 12 top colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Eckerd College

Eckerd College Library
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Flagler College

Flagler College
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  • Explore the campus in this Flagler College photo tour
  • Location: St. Augustine, Florida
  • Enrollment: 2,662 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: historic main building was once the Hotel Ponce de Leon; average class size of 22; low tuition and excellent value; located in a popular tourist town
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Flagler College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Flagler

Florida Institute of Technology (FIT, Florida Tech)

Florida Institute of Technology
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  • Location: Melbourne, Florida
  • Enrollment: 6,400 (3,685 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private technical research university
  • Distinctions: strong science and engineering programs; strong ROTC program; good value; 30-acre botanical garden; significant online programs; Division II athletics
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Florida Tech profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Florida Tech

Florida International University

FIU - Florida International University
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Florida State University

Florida State University
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New College of Florida

New College
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Rollins College

Rollins College
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  • Location: Winter Park, Florida
  • Enrollment: 3,259 (2,533 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: comprehensive private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; located on the shores of Lake Virginia; top rated among master's-level universities in the South; strong commitment to international learning; member of the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Rollins College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Rollins

Stetson University

Stetson University
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University of Central Florida (UCF)

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University of Florida

University of Florida
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University of Miami

University of Miami
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University of South Florida (USF)

USF Water Tower
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  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Enrollment: 46,189 (35,918 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public research university
  • Distinctions: 228 degree programs offered through 11 colleges; diverse student body; Honors College for high achieving students; strong ROTC program; active Greek system; Bulls compete in the Division I Big East Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the USF profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for USF

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