Sep 21, 2017


Located in the south east of the United States, Florida is commonly known as the 'Sunshine State”. It is the warmest state in the country, with an average daily temperature of 70.7 °F (21.5 °C). According to 2010 census data, Florida has a total population of 18,801,310, making it the fourth most populated state in the country. The state capital is Tallahassee, while the largest city is Jacksonville. Other major cities in the state include Miami, Tampa, and Orlando.

FloridaAfter a difficult few years, Florida's economy is recovering strongly. Unemployment fell to 6.3 percent in 2013 down from 11 percent in 2010. Over the same period, the state added more than 563,900 jobs. Tourism and agriculture are the major sectors. With over 600 miles of beaches, Florida is a major tourist destination, attracting millions of tourists every year. It is home to the several major amusement parks, including Disney World, SeaWorld, and LEGOland. Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruit, sweet corn and green beans in the country. It is also a major phosphate producer, accounting for 25 percent of the world’s phosphate supply.

Top Reasons to Study in Florida

  • Quality of Life: Many people, including students, are attracted by Florida’s year-round warm weather and excellent beaches. A 2014 report by Livability ranked Miami Beach the sixth best city to live and visit in the US, on account of its great cultural diversity, beaches, museums, shopping and cuisine.
  • Education Opportunities:With 12 public universities, 6 major medical schools, and several private colleges and universities, Florida has plenty of study options to offer.The University of Miami and Florida State University both made the 2013 Best Colleges rankings compiled by U.S. News. The University of Florida is listed among the top 30 universities in the world for agriculture and forestry studies in the 2014/14 QS World University Rankings. Florida colleges offer some of the best programs in the agricultural sciences, while the state’s booming tourism and recreation sector makes it an attractive destination for anyone seeking to work in these areas.
  • Employment Prospects: While tourism and agriculture remain the major sectors in the economy, Florida has also emerged as a major hub for aerospace and aviation, life sciences, information technology, logistics & distribution, and cleantech. In 2013, nearly $160 billion in trade flowed through Florida’s airports and seaports, making the state one of the world’s leaders in international trade. Florida is home to 16 companies on the 2014 Fortune 500 list, including Publix Super Markets, World Fuel Services Corporation, Tech Data Corporation, Office Depot, CSX Corporation, AutoNation and Darden Restaurants.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Miami Business,Education,Interdisciplinary Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
University of Central Florida Biological/Life Sciences,Business,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Worldwide Campus Business,Trade and Industry Private >10,000 Request Info
Miami Dade College Biology,Business,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Florida Gulf Coast University Business,Communications/ Journalism,Education Public >10,000 Request Info
Brevard Community College Computer/Information Sciences,Health,Legal Studies Public >10,000 Request Info
Indian River State College Business,Computer/ Information Sciences,Visual/Performing Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Santa Fe College Business,Computer Science,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Seminole State College of Florida Business,Health,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
Florida Atlantic University Buiness,Education,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Florida, contact the State University System of Florida.

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