Resources to Find Florida Colleges

Where to Start Looking to Find Florida Colleges

Florida Highway SignIf you’re looking for Florida colleges, the Florida Choices website sponsored by the Florida Department of Education is a good place to start. 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.

Florida residents should visit the Florida Department of Student Financial Assistance website The Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs. This is essentially the state site for state funded grants and scholarships. Users will find 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 College Goal Sunday website is sponsored by the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. They also provide a ten page PDF on Planning for a Higher Education. 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 Florida Colleges

Florida has 67 four-colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. These include 14 institutions that grant some four-year bachelor degrees but are primarily community colleges. Of the 434,901 students, almost 80% attend the 35 public institutions in the state¬†compared to the 20% at Florida’s 32 private colleges.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges is 35.6% and the five-year rate for public-institutions with available information is 47.8%. A total of 10 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 19.7 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 24 for English, and 23 for Math.  A total of 25 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 Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Miami
  • Florida A&M University
  • University of West Florida The
  • Miami Dade College
  • Valencia College
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • University of Tampa
  • Santa Fe College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Florida State Coll at Jacksonville
  • Palm Beach Community College
  • Hillsborough Community College

Florida Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Florida colleges athletic conferences

List of Florida Colleges

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.

Florida Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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