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    With over 500 colleges and universities in Florida, education is as much of a draw as the state's many tourist attractions. The University of Florida and Florida State University rank among the top National Universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 list of Best Colleges. Prestigious University of Miami and Rollins College are among the 28 institution that are part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). The New College of Florida is the state’s top Liberal Arts school, and Miami Dade College is the largest community college in the country.

    • University of Miami

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      University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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      Located in suburban Coral Gables rather than where parents fear—on South Beach—the University of Miami is a rising star among private universities, in large part due to the unflagging efforts of Donna Shalala. Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin before ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Florida

      University of Florida Save

      355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
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      If the Gator Nation isn't widely thought of a first-rate public institution yet, campus leaders in Gainesville won't stop trying until Florida has that status. An advertising campaign a few years back had a picture not of the campus but ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Florida State University

      Florida State University Save

      222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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      Once a women's college largely in the business of training teachers, Florida State went coeducational, made a major commitment to football, and never looked back. 50 years ago a running back from West Palm Beach known as Buddy Reynolds showed ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of South Florida-Main Campus

      University of South Florida-Main Campus Save

      4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
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      The University of South Florida, which is located ten miles north of downtown Tampa, is home to botanical gardens, a planetarium, and a weather station for research. There's also a championship golf course, swimming pools, art galleries, and the Sun ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • New College of Florida

      New College of Florida Save

      5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
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      "New College is not your garden-variety state school. There aren't any "huge, ridiculous introductory classes," nor are there any letter grades or grade-point averages. Instead, under a unique "contract" system, every class is pass/fail and students receive written 'narrative' evaluations ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Central Florida

      University of Central Florida Save

      4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
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      The University of Central Florida enrolls nearly 45,000 undergraduate students and offers programs in the liberal arts as well as programs in business, education, and engineering, health sciences. UCF is located in Orlando, Florida and offers club sports in surfing ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Rollins College

      Rollins College Save

      1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
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      Combining the liberal arts with a strong master's of business administration program on a manicured campus overlooking Lake Virginia in Winter Park, Florida, Rollins College has long attracted water skiers and devotees of other warm weather sports. Test-optional and generous ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of South Florida-St Petersburg

      University of South Florida-St Petersburg Save

      140 Seventh Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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      University of South Florida-St Petersburg is college with 4025 students located in St. Petersburg, FL. learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Alternative, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Jacksonville University

      Jacksonville University Save

      2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211
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      Jacksonville University is a solid little liberal arts school that stresses professional preparation. In addition to its traditional day programs, Jacksonville offers a variety of weekend and evening programs for adult students. Best of all, the campus is just minutes ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Eckerd College

      Eckerd College Save

      4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
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      "Life's a beach" at Eckerd College, a small liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, FL with a "waterfront program" that allows students to "go sailing, canoeing, or swimming whenever" they want "for free." Highlights of the excellent academic program include ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Florida Institute of Technology

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      150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901
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      Founded in 1958 to provide continuing education for NASA at nearby Cape Canaveral in the year after the Soviet's Sputnik launch frightened Americans into the Cold War space race, the Florida Institute of Technology has since moved to Melbourne and ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Ave Maria University

      Ave Maria University Save

      5050 Ave Maria Blvd, Ave Maria, FL 34142
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      Ave Maria University is Catholic college with 906 students located in Ave Maria, FL. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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