Private Colleges and Universities in Florida


The colleges and universities listed and linked to on this page are not affiliated with the State of Florida. This means that each institution has autonomous control over faculty, curriculum and amount of tuition. Florida residents who attend these schools pay the same rate of tuition as students from elsewhere. However, students of these schools are eligible for the same federal student aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.

The quality of the education among the institutions below is very differing from school to school. In general, schools that are a member of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida have a solid reputation for their academic programs.

Christian Colleges and Universities

The christian institutions vary widely from school to school. Some are focused only on religious and evangelist education, while others among them offer some of the best liberal arts education in the country. Do your research before making a final decision.

Ave Maria University
Baptist College of Florida
Barry University
Bethune-Cookman University
Clearwater Christian College
Eckerd College
Edward Waters College
Florida Christian College
Florida College
Florida Memorial University
Florida Southern College
Hobe Sound Bible College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Saint Leo University
St. Thomas University
Southeastern University
Trinity College
Warner University

Trade/Technical Institutions

Some of the institutions below have making a profit as their main goal. Before you provide them with your contact information, be certain you have a legitimate interest in attending their school. They will contact you repeatedly and the recruiters are tenacious in getting you to go to their school.

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Digital Media Arts College
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Florida Technical College
Full Sail University
Keiser University
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Miami International University of Art & Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Webber International University

Other Private Institutions

The colleges and universities listed below are both independent of the state of Florida university and college system and not affiliated with any religion or religious denomination.

Carlos Albizu University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Flagler College
Florida Institute of Technology
Hodges University
Jacksonville University
Johnson & Wales University
Jones College
Lynn University
Northwood University
Nova Southeastern University
Stetson University
University of Miami
University of Tampa


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