2017 Best Colleges in Florida

The Best Colleges ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 1,000 top colleges and universities in the U.S.
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    University of Florida

    • Gainesville, FL
    • 6,663 reviews
    Alum:The University of Florida combines a classic collegiate campus with a modern and innovative spirit. First, the UF campus is absolutely beautiful with historical brick education halls and centuries old Oak trees. New buildings on campus are built with unique and complimentary architecture and consider environmental impacts to the campus. The educational spirit on UF is one of excellence where students are trained in traditional histories of subjects but also encouraged to thing about them differently and become innovators in their subject matter. Campus life is some of the best around both on campus and in the surrounding blocks. Gainesville, Fla supports the university and provides an approachable small town college feel. And don't forget GameDay. There's nothing like a Gator game in the Swamp!
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    University of Miami

    • Coral Gables, FL
    • 2,589 reviews
    Freshman:I am a freshman at the University of Miami studying biomedical engineering and I love it! The campus is beautiful and there are so many things to get involved in. Students are all hardworking and care about each other. There are so many resources for help with classes, such as free tutoring by students. The local area is nice but you cannot really get anywhere by walking, so most students have cars. Also, not many students live on campus after freshman year. Overall, I have had a great experience so far
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    Florida State University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 6,537 reviews
    Niche User:When I visited over the summer, I absolutely fell in love with the place. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, the campus was beautiful, and the weather was great. The visit was absolutely perfect and I would not have changed a thing!

    Also, the staff at the Office of Admissions is very helpful. I have been speaking to them often about re-evaluating my application and every single time, they answer all my questions and give me the best possible solutions for everything! This is a world-class institution and nothing would make me happier than to one day be a student here!
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    Rollins College

    • Winter Park, FL
    • 909 reviews
    College Sophomore:At Rollins College, the professors are very approachable and willing to help all students. The small classes sizes at Rollins are extremely helpful and made the transition from high school to college very smooth. One of my favorite experiences at Rollins was the Summer Serve program. This program invites students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community to donate their time to help local schools, churches, and homeless shelters by cleaning and revitalize the buildings. One of the organizations that we served was Grand Avenue Elementary School which is a title 1 school in Orlando, Florida. This experience allowed me to give back to my community by cleaning and painting classrooms, planting flowers, and providing a helping hand to surrounding communities. I have benefited greatly from this experience and fully intend to continue my relationship with the Summer Serve program during my time at Rollins and, after getting my education , in my community to keep it thriving and strong.
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    Florida Institute of Technology

    • Melbourne, FL
    • 906 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my school because it has a way of bringing in every single culture but still making it feel like home on campus. Meals in the dining hall are always featuring international dishes, there are endless cultural clubs on campus, and every year it hosts its own international festival with food, music, and games. The curriculum is rigorous and makes you work hard to obtain a decent GPA. It's huge on research and almost every major is required to do a senior design project where it's presented to various companies for job recruitment purposes. It's a challenging school but very fun and rewarding at the same time!
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    University of Central Florida

    • Orlando, FL
    • 20,041 reviews
    Junior:I just transferred to the University this semester and have adjusted quite easily! I have been to the rock climbing facilities, which are free to UCF students, and all the staff have been very friendly and helpful. There is also a mobile app to help keep students updated on academic and social information. Education at this school is very rigorous, and I have been encouraged to keep up with my schoolwork. I would strongly encourage others to pursue a bright future with UCF, and strive to perform to their highest abilities. There are many maps around campus and the landscape is designed for functionality and fluidity. Many classroom buildings are made for specific majors, which allows upper level students to be surrounded by like-minded students.
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    University of South Florida

    • Tampa, FL
    • 6,062 reviews
    Sophomore:The campus is beautiful and open and the population is very diverse, which makes an international student like myself feel welcome. The professors are always willing to help and there are tutors and various resources for every problem you can have, all of which are available for free. There are activities almost everyday from various organizations and departments which allow you to relax and have some food or learn something new. The school also awarded me a great scholarship, without which I probably wouldn't be attending university in this country at all. There are malls, movie theatres, and unique hangout spots in the area and just 20 minutes away is a beautiful city where enjoyable nightlife can be found. I have yet to experience everything that USF has to offer but so far it has been a great experience, GO BULLS!
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    New College of Florida

    • Sarasota, FL
    • 403 reviews
    Junior:New College of Florida welcomes diversity, passion, and individuality. It allows you to tailor your education to your specific needs, and choose your own path to your degree. The narrative evaluation system allows you to be judged not based on the performance of other people, but on your own progress. The small size of the school allows each student to be given individual attention from professors and staff. The academics are challenging, and engaging. It's a good school to attend if you like learning!
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    Stetson University

    • DeLand, FL
    • 1,220 reviews
    Freshman:The most notable difference between Stetson and other universities is the ease of access to buildings and facililities. The campus is rather compact, which puts everything within walking distance. Another contribution to the Stetson experience would have to be the atmosphere produced via Stetson's core values of intellectual development, personal growth, and global citizenship. This has helped keep every student focused and driven in their respective interests.
    The only negative aspects I've observed are high costs and mediocre communication. Stetson hosts an abundance of events, so it is difficult to advertize everything to everyone. Stetson is also fairly expensive. Although tuition rises each year, the most recent increase of 2.9% is the lowest in Stetson history. So there is hope for a more affordable future!
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    Florida International University

    • Miami, FL
    • 5,981 reviews
    Sophomore:FIU is a great school! The campus was a little difficult to get used to at first but once you get accustomed to it, its great. There are plenty of food options, although sometimes it feels as if there aren't enough healthy options. There's plenty to do throughout the academic year as far as activities goes. There are a couple of malls and movie theaters pretty close by too! Overall, i'd say its a pretty great school!
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    Nova Southeastern University

    • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 1,511 reviews
    Junior:My experience here begins with my beloved husband who got his master's here. His experience was so positive it inspired me, a 33 year old mother of three babies to resume my studies to secure a brighter future for my family. Juggling kids, home, and life, I was not only admitted to their school of Communications Science and Disorders but granted the Dean's scholarship. An unfortunate event caused me to miss the registration deadline, but through a simple appeal process they were sensitive enough to understand and allowed me an extension. My experience so far has been superb and exceeded expectations. As an online student so I can only rate its virtual amenities and resources. They are exceptional! It has been 10 years since I last attended college and technology has progressed by miles but I have had absolutely no troubles. Every service is readily available, easy to find or just a phone call and wait time of 3 seconds away from courteous, helpful staff.
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    Niche User:After touring Embry-Riddle i have found that the college is very expensive and it has a well maintained campus with great security. Embry-Riddle has many resources that are available to students. These resources vary to cessna 172 skyhawks with G-1000 built into them and a pressure room that decompress the air around you. With all of the technology provided to these students, theres no wonder the tuition is super expensive. Even though that the tution is very unbelievable, the careers that Embry-Riddle creates help benefit the human race in a major way and me myself want to attend this college so that i can become a commercial pilot.
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    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    • West Palm Beach, FL
    • 880 reviews
    College Junior:For me being an extreme introvert and an over achiever, I have found that this school has the right staff. The professors are all unique in that they really care about what is going on with you, your family life and your grades. They are always accessible to me no matter what. I am double majoring in Graphic Design and Psychology. While I thought it was going to be a challenge, my professors knew me well enough to know that all I needed was the compass they provided me. I am doing it! I am double majoring in what I believe the best university I ever visited during my search. Dorm life for me has been exceptional. I cannot say I have not had a sour day yet. Students here are incredibly human. There is always something exiting and safe to do. I love going to Chapel and attend as much as I can. I believe it helps tremendously with my daily challenges and keeps me focused. My professors are truly the most amazing people. I feel like I am around family. I have the most respect and admiration for their hard work. It's not easy raising your own kids and these professors are helping to raise other people's kids too. That says a lot. This University is for everyone who needs that extra push and extra amount of encouragement. You will find it here. Go SAILFISH!
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    University of North Florida

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 2,376 reviews
    Freshman:Beautiful campus surrounded by a nature preserve. Amazing honors program that emphasizing service projects to help local refugees. Great dorms (some looking like a 5 star resort with lazy river pool, gym, game room, convince store and grill). Low student teacher ratio where you actually get to know your professors even as a Freshman. Everyone is accepted and celebrated with diversity around the campus. Amazing division one sports and school spirit. Very safe campus. Healthy food offered...they even grow their own organic food on campus and students can grow their own if they want. All this at a fair price!
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    College Sophomore:Like everything there are good and bad things. Where my experience has been amazing it has also been challanging. The counselors aren't as great as they could be but they help explain the generalality of what's going on. The atmosphere is amazing, everybody on campus is so friendly even if you don't know each other. They have a lot of events to get involved in and a ton of clubs! Overall this is a big college with a small college feel. You get to know your professors one on one and build a relationship with them.
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    Jacksonville University

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 641 reviews
    Freshman:JU is a small school, but that is exactly what I wanted. All of my teachers know me by name, I do not have more than 35 people in my class, and the campus is beautiful. When you look at schools, these minor, but important topics come to mind. I love JU and the atmosphere is so calming. The sporting events are so fun to watch! JU has wonderful faculty that are extremely outgoing. On top of it I have seen the president of our university on many occasions, many people can not say that they have seen their universities president. I hope that many individuals become interested in JU and one day become a part of the dolphin family.
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    Florida Gulf Coast University

    • Fort Myers, FL
    • 2,187 reviews
    College Freshman:Although it may not be the number one school in America, I truly feel like I am getting a top notch education. Having the amazing faculty and resources all in the palm of my hand allows me to have the confidence that I am truly capable of anything. The academics at the school are still challenging enough that if you amerce yourself into them, you will achieve great things. The professors are all different but share the common core of wanting each other their students to succeed, and have the necessary skills needed to thrive in their desired pathway. F.G.C.U offers such a vast variety of courses that honestly you can study anything, just to prove it, I am currently enrolled in a Apocalypse class! The class styles vary by each professor but are usually fun and involved, in all honesty having some 7:30 am classes isn't the most fun but I actually look forward to each session and what I am going to learn that day. Finally, having ADHD has had it's challenges in my academic life, I have always required more guidance and assistance from my teachers than the average student, so when I was told that the average class size was 33 people at F.G.C.U., I instantly felt comfortable, because I know that my professor will truly learn how I am as a student, and work with me to achieve the best possible result.
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    College Junior:STU is small, diverse and caring school. The professors love their subjects and really care about the student's future. You have many opportunities to do well and form connections that will help in the future. It has an amazing research program with those students studying in STEM fields. It's an opportunity to get experience earlier than most students. That opportunity alone makes this school incredible.
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    Freshman:I am a first-year nursing student, and I am very impressed with the quality of the professors and classes offered here. In addition, almost every student here is highly dedicated to their studies, so class morale is very high. While the university is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, it is not cliquey at all, and there are students from just about every faith. Classes are not easy, but the tutoring center is excellent, and I am very grateful for the opportunities we students are given here.
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    Eckerd College

    • St. Petersburg, FL
    • 891 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love the college I go to! The professors are incredibly understanding and passionate about what they teach, and are willing to help students out whenever they are needed whether or not it's office hours or not. I also love how 98% of the students and staff and the college are 100% approachable and they are very kind and interesting to speak to. We also have a beach and swing sets to keep the child inside of us all alive, but my absolute favorite characteristic of this college is that they allow you to keep your pets on campus so you'll never have to be apart from your furry friend again! This college really caters to students' needs and if I had to do it all over again I would pick this college every time.
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    Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale

    • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 990 reviews
    Freshman:I was never a good student before attending Keiser. Since I enrolled, I've fallen in love with Keiser University and their methods. One course a month has allowed me to fully focus on my studies, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA! With that said, I can now claim to be a proud member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, something I never imagined I would be so blessed to say. Keiser has become a second home for me; my fellow classmates, professors and deans are my extended family. The amount of support and positivity that radiates throughout every classroom I have ever been apart of us overwhelming at times. The only thing I will say that is a downfall is their parking lot, which they are currently in the process of fixing. This school has given me the confidence and knowledge within myself; ultimately changing me forever and more. I could not be more grateful for the amount of support they have given me whenever I have had an inkling of doubt within myself.
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    Graduate Student:Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU-WW) is an institution of true learning. From the versatility of monthly Undergraduate course commencements to the content of individual coursework, ERAU-WW offers the same opportunity to everybody of any status--LEARN. Additionally, ERAU-WW is far more than just an aviation school. They remain at the top of university ratings for quality and accessibility year after year, while maintaining captivating material and intriguing instructors. The student success analytics rate continuously above 95% routinely, and in ANY program on record! Undoubtedly, ERAU-WW should be the first pick for anyone unsure of goals, or steady on real world and up-to-date education.
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    Florida A&M University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 2,249 reviews
    College Sophomore:My favorite experience at FAMU is my Vet Tech class. It is very interesting and educational. I've learned many things that will stick with me for the rest of my life. For instance, learning the different scientific names of animals such as; Rabbit is also known as lagomorph, cows are bovine, pigs are porcine, mouse murine etc. I've learned the reproduction system of farm animals and much more intriguing information. The asset that makes my school is the different students interacting with one another joining clubs, sororities, and fraternities. My school is a humongous melting pot, its just different personalities and attitudes intertwining together. I would choose my school again because I've learned so way more than I expected. I came in thinking I knew everything there was to know about animals when it reality I didn't and still don't know the half. So I'm going to continue to learn and strike, strike, and strike again! Ratter PRIDE
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    Southeastern University

    • Lakeland, FL
    • 1,157 reviews
    Sophomore:I am an extension site student for Southeastern University (main campus located in Lakeland, FL) and it has been great! I have been able to learn what it means to be involved in ministry at a high-capacity church. In addition, I have consistently been taught on leadership as well as spiritual principles. The professors as well as the site staff are focused on the students' spiritual growth and their fulfilling their specific life callings. If not for this school program, I may not have had as much experience in ministry as I have had up to this point.
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    University of Tampa

    • Tampa, FL
    • 2,011 reviews
    Freshman:My experience here at the University of Tampa has been fantastic! The amount of effort the school puts in to make things happen is unbelievable. Everyday you can count of something going on. For example, sometimes the school has "Puppies from 1-4 p.m" in the courtyard. I have never heard of other schools bringing puppies to play with for students! Not only is the school in the middle of the most beautiful cities but the campus is outrageously pretty and very clean.
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