Florida's State University System consists of 12 public universities.  These schools represent some of the best universities in the country. Their easy locations in some of Florida's biggest cities and affordable Florida resident prices make them excellent schools for Floridians to attend.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was founded in 1887 as a small college of only 15 students. After over 120 years, FAMU has grown to over 9000 students and is one of twelve colleges part of Florida's State University System. It is located in Tallahassee.

Florida Atlantic University was founded in 1964 in Boca Raton as a university that would revolutionize the higher learning institutions by offering an option for all students and not just the wealthy. FAU also was first in introducing college education to the information age.  

Today Florida Atlantic University serves over 27,000 students on 7 campuses and sites. FAU has more than 180 degree programs, and is ranked as the most ethnically and culturally diverse institution in the Florida's State University System.

Florida Gulf Coast University opened it's doors in 1998 in Fort Myers to offer innovative programs and degrees to a growing Southwest Florida region. 

Today over 10,000 students attend FGCU. 

Florida International University opened it's doors in 1972 in Miami with the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history. Today FIU has more than 38,000 students and is ranked in the top 25 largest colleges in the U.S. based on enrollment. 

Florida Polytechnic University was established in 2012 in Lakeland as a university of engineering and technology dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous institution of higher education in Florida. It is located in Florida's capital, Tallahassee. FSU is an elite university with high GPA and SAT expected scores for incoming freshmen. With over 40,000 students, FSU offers students a welcoming environment, challenging courses, and personal attention to students. 

New College opened it's doors in 1960 as a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. New College remains a small college with over 800 students offering a personal and collaborative learning environment. 

UCF was founded in 1963, and has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation. With over 64,000 students and offering more than 200 degree programs in 13 colleges, and locations throughout Central Florida (Altamonte Springs, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola, Valencia West), plus online programs, UCF offers something for everyone. 

University of Florida is a college in Gainesville with more than 51,000. As a leader in higher education, UF focuses on excellence in research, teaching, technology and athletics. 

University of North Florida is a college in Jacksonville that opened for classes in 1972. Today UNF has approximately 17,000 students.

University of South Florida was founded in 1956 and now has more than 48,000 students. Located in the Tampa Bay area with 14 colleges and 3 schools, USF main campus in Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. 

University of West Florida opened it's doors in 1967 as an upper classmen university for Juniors and Seniors in Pensacola. Today more then 12,000 students attend UWF with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs.