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
    • 6,635 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school offers plenty of chances for research, jobs, and diverse activities. The all around experience of UF generally great, and the name UF on you degree gives a person an edge up in the work field.
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    University of Miami

    • Coral Gables, FL
    • 2,585 reviews
    College Sophomore:Beautiful weather, awesome academics, gorgeous and diverse student body, always something fun to do (whether you party or not). Who wouldn't love to live in Miami?
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    Florida State University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 6,508 reviews
    College Freshman:Florida State is a great school. The academics are great; the football team is great; the students are great. I really like that FSU offers Freshman Interest Groups and Success Coaches. There are so many great programs for students to take advantage of here. Everyone's looking out for us and working to contribute to our success.
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    Rollins College

    • Winter Park, FL
    • 905 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Rollins and it is a great fit. Be aware that it is a school for rich kids that have grown up with unlimited funds. The drug scene is hugeeee here, more so than any of the schools where my high school friends went. Rollins is on the druggiest schools list and this is very deserved. That's not necessarily bad, it just depends on your interests. The school is very fun; academics are easy and students have plenty of time to relax.
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    Florida Institute of Technology

    • Melbourne, FL
    • 905 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well, first of all, my school is beautiful. The scene is so nice and every one will enjoy it here. Next, the academic here is great. Most of my professors are kindness and professional.
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    University of Central Florida

    • Orlando, FL
    • 19,999 reviews
    College Sophomore:UCF provides great opportunity and everything is truly there if you need it, as long as you're able to make the step to go get it. Help for really anything is available as long as the student takes the first step and wants to obtain it. The school and professors really want the students to succeed, the students just have to want to as well.
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    University of South Florida

    • Tampa, FL
    • 6,029 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University offers a variety of classes including online ones. Class sizes are fairly small from my experience as a graduate student. There are also several campus l9cations from which a student can choose from if location is an issue.
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    New College of Florida

    • Sarasota, FL
    • 400 reviews
    College Junior:For Chemistry, registering for any class is easy as classes are often never capped. I have found it easy to get into any of my classes, the workload has been quite heavy (especially for Advanced Organic Chemistry) but manageable, and the curriculum was deep and extensive. Facilities were adequate for all of them, though we could have made use of a bigger room for Organic I and II. Job opportunities for chemistry are great - my advisor has provided a steady stream of internships that have boosted my CV - an NSF-funded and a different NIH-funded internship over the past two summers.

    Computer science has also provided me with many internship opportunities, and real life programming opportunities with local and out-of-state firms, like Star2Star Communications and the Mind Research Network. The curriculum has been very challenging, and the workload heavy, but not as extensive as I'd like. We do not have sufficient facilities for distributed computing on campus, but we do have enough for small programming projects.
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    Stetson University

    • DeLand, FL
    • 1,214 reviews
    College Junior:Stetson is easily the greatest school for me. Everyone is so smart and the professors are some of the brightest people. The school is very challenging academically. A lot of students drop their major the first year because they realized it was too hard for them. If you can stick with your major (especially the tough pre-med program) then you will be in great hands. So glad I chose Stetson!
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    Florida International University

    • Miami, FL
    • 5,963 reviews
    College Sophomore:Rate my professor is your best bet in finding reviews about professors. I would say that the quality of the professors ranges from those that don't care about teaching to those that are extremely passionate about their jobs. Doing research into which professors are best is worthwhile and can change your whole class experience. Most courses are lectured based. Intro classes are usually large auditoriums but as your move into your major classes tend to get smaller in size.
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    Nova Southeastern University

    • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 1,501 reviews
    College Junior:I would often complain about Nova at times, but when I think about it, I really love the school. It has taken me out of my shell and I have seen a lot of growth with myself and I personally know that if I went to another school that I would not have grown to where I am today.
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    College Senior:Embry Riddle has its perks as a mostly academic school, there are small activities put on often (movies on west lawn) and larger activities (farmers market) put on a few times a seimester. There are sports teams, however, no football team. Clubs and Greek life ate active and involve most students in some way. The professors we have access to are some of the best in the world. The fleet of aircraft that are maintained are the most up to date and operational any student could ask for. Great campus, good students, great staff. The campus is lacking on female enrollment, but has diversity among those that attend. New buildings are going up to provide the students with the best services around.
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    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    • West Palm Beach, FL
    • 875 reviews
    College Sophomore:It's a very friendly school that would do anything to help you with grades and your college experience. They will offer great scholarships. As well as help to the best of their ability for what classes to take and when to take them.
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    University of North Florida

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 2,363 reviews
    College Junior:My overall experience with UNF so far as a transfer student from FSCJ has been remarkable. I can't even begin to explain how helpful and accommodating the advisers are, they really work with you to figure out the best possible route for success, and how you can go about achieving it step by step. The campus is beautiful, calming and has many places to sit down and study whether your preference is inside or outside. There is a bunch of clubs you can join that appeals to your interest and help you become more involved in your major. The housing is unbelievable! I am currently staying at the flats, and honesty I was blown away by the amenities and perks that was bundled with my contact, it really helps insure I will have everything I need for school and my personal health. I am blessed to be able to be apart of this school. The
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    College Senior:USF St. Pete is a great school. It has a beautiful location and the smaller size makes it less intimidating. It truly feels like a community.
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    Jacksonville University

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 639 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Jacksonville University, the teachers are wonderful and pay attention to what you need as an individual. There is a lot of stress here with the Marine Science major but it is worth it!
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    Florida Gulf Coast University

    • Fort Myers, FL
    • 2,179 reviews
    College Junior:Considering what I heard from a professor who went to a small, non-accredited school, and how he was unable to acquire a job for three years because of it, I would say that I am confident that my college education will allow me to acquire the career for which I am searching.
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    College Senior:My specific major at St.Thomas Is Psychology. It is a challenging major at ST.U but I as a student strive to what I want to succeed in. My dream is to major in Psychology therefore challenges is what helps me learn.
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    College Senior:In my program classes, the professors are extremely helpful. They care about people passing the class and making sure everyone is comfortable and informed about what is going on. They work with people individually if an event occurs. Classes are small about 20-25 people making it easy to grow closer with other classmates. The style of learning is great as they use ways to do group projects, fun presentations, and even go out into real life situations and work hands on with other people.
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    Eckerd College

    • St. Petersburg, FL
    • 889 reviews
    College Sophomore:Eckerd definitely has a type and if you fit it you will love it. If not you will probably not enjoy it that much a good amount of people transfer out the first year
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    Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale

    • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 987 reviews
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    College Junior:Embry Riddle is considered the school to attend for anything aviation related. Most people know of this school as an aviation school and so far I have not been disapointed. The classes have been tailored to an aviation background and the instructors are very knowledgable in the courses. I am very impressed thus far.
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    Florida A&M University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 2,241 reviews
    College Junior:My experience was great from the first day I started. I was met by nice and caring people who are willing to help with any and all problems. I had 2 very dependable mentors and made lifelong friends. I got my first job while going to school and I am very happy about that. My boss is the best and is always there to help. Also taking the bus got very easy because college students ride the bus for free and it is very needed. I stayed on campus for the first 2 years and got to have roommates that effected me in the log run. I hope I continue to enjoy my stay at Florida A&M University until I graduate.
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    Southeastern University

    • Lakeland, FL
    • 1,150 reviews
    College Junior:I truly have enjoyed being at Southeastern University. It has been such an honor and privilege to be a part of such a positive, encouraging and challenging school. By the time I graduate I feel that entering my profession will not be as difficult because I will have been prepared!
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    University of Tampa

    • Tampa, FL
    • 1,994 reviews
    College Junior:I love the campus and the overall program I am in. However, the stress level is very high with science majors. There is a lot of pressure to do well and be a well rounded student all while trying to get a real college experience. It is extremely difficult to have a social life with the expectation to be the best student with good grades, lots of extracurriculars and experience in your field. It is tough but hopefully worth it in the end.
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