Resources to Find Florida Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Florida Colleges

Florida Highway SignFamilies looking for Florida colleges should start at The Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs which is sponsored by the Florida Department of Student Financial Assistance. This is essentially the state site for state funded grants and scholarships. The website includes 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 Florida Choices website is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education. 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. The department also sponsors the College Goal Sunday website.

The Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provide a ten page PDF on Planning for a Higher Education under the Be College Go To School Brochure. 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 a College

According to IPEDS, there are 69 Florida colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. These include 22 institutions that grant  some four-year bachelor degrees but are primarily community colleges.  Of the 441,778 students, almost 78.9% attend the 36 public institutions in the state compared to the 21.1% at Florida’s 33 private colleges.

The average four-year graduation rate for private Florida colleges is 34.1% and the five-year rate for public-institutions with available information is 49.7%. A total of 11 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 19.5 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 23 for English, and 23 for Math.  A total of 29 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 International University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Miami
  • Valencia College
  • Miami Dade College
  • Florida A&M University
  • University of West Florida The
  • University of Tampa
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Santa Fe College
  • Stetson University
  • Florida State Coll At Jacksonville
  • Palm Beach Community College

Florida Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Florida colleges athletic conferences

List of Colleges in Florida

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.

New York Colleges with Test Scores and Graduation Rates
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