Florida College System

It is the mission of colleges operating in the Florida College System to provide Floridians with the best possible access to affordable, top-quality, career education and academic programs.

The Florida College System aims to maximize the students’ learning experience, to work towards their success, to develop a workforce that is globally competitive, and to respond to community and state needs rapidly.

The Florida College System is the primary and main access point to publicly funded higher education options for all Floridians, including high school graduates and adults going back to college to enhance their education and boost their professional options.

The Florida College System has 28 member colleges (operating 72 campuses) that are in a position to respond efficiently and quickly to meet the demands of employers and businesses by aligning academic certificate and/or degree programs with the needs of the regional workforce.

Colleges operating in the Florida College System are serving local communities, the state of Florida, and numerous individuals through an array of academic programs and services and top-notch, low-cost education opportunities.

Participating colleges are locally governed by school district boards of trustees and fall under the jurisdiction of Florida’s State Board of Education.

The 28-college Florida College System, with over 320,000 students, is regarded as one of the best and finest in the U.S. If you want to see what the hardest colleges are to get into in Florida, go to this page.

The colleges operating in the Florida College System were originally called Junior Colleges and at a later stage Community Colleges. At various times, the schools had also been referred to as ‘trade schools’ or ‘vocational education’.

Practically all (99 percent) FCS students are coming from within Florida. The schools offer a broad range of classes and academic programs to fit the schedules of its many students who often have full-time jobs and care for dependents. For information about Florida’s state-backed Prepaid College Plan, check out this page.

As comprehensive educational institutions, schools in the Florida College System provide affordable top-quality education and training opportunities. They provide high-standard educational opportunities to all students and maintain an open-door admissions policy for their lower-division academic programs.

Colleges in the Florida College System

The following public colleges make up the Florida College System:

  1. Broward College​
    111 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, Phone: (954) 201-7350
  2. Chipola College
    3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446, Phone: (850) 526-2761
  3. College of Central Florida
    3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474, Phone: (352) 873-580
  4. Daytona State College
    1200 W Int’l Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Ph: (386) 506-3000
  5. Eastern Florida State College
    1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922, Phone: (321)  632-1111
  6. Florida Gateway College
    149 SE College Place, Lake City, FL 32025, Phone: (386) 752-1822
  7. The College of the Florida Keys
    5901 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: (305) 296-9081
  8. Florida Southwestern State College Lee Campus
    8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919, Phone: (239) 489-9300
  9. Florida State College at Jacksonville
    101 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Phone: (904) 632-3222
    Serving Duval and Nassau Counties
  10. Gulf Coast State College
    5230 W Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: (850) 769-1551
    Serving Bay, Franklin, and Gulf Counties
  11. Hillsborough Community College
    1206 N Park Rd, Plant City, FL 33563, Phone: (813) 253-7000
    Serving Hillsborough County
  12. Indian River State College
    3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34981, Phone: (772) 462-4772
    Serving Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties
  13. Lake-Sumter State College
    9501 U.S. Hwy 441, Leesburg, FL 34788, Phone: (352) 787-3747
    Serving Lake and Sumter Counties
  14. Miami Dade College
    300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132, Phone: (305) 237-8888
    Serving Miami-Dade County
  15. North Florida College
    325 NW Turner Davis Dr, Madison, FL 32340, Phone: (850) 973-2288
    Serving Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties
  16. Northwest Florida State College
    100 College Blvd E, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: (850) 678-5111
    Serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties
  17. Palm Beach State College
    4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461, Phone: (561) 868-3350
    Serving Palm Beach County
  18. Pasco-Hernando State College
    10230 Ridge Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34654, Phone: (727) 847-2727
    Serving Hernando and Pasco Counties
  19. Pensacola State College
    1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504, Phone: (850) 484-1000
    Serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
  20. Polk State College
    999 Ave H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881, Phone: (863) 297-1000
    Serving Polk County
  21. St. Johns River State College
    283 College Dr, Orange Park, FL 32065, Phone: (904) 276-6800
    Serving Clay, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties
  22. St. Petersburg College
    6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, Phone: (727) 341-4772
    Serving Pinellas County
  23. Santa Fe College
    3000 NW 83 St, Gainesville, FL 32606, Phone: (352) 395-5000
    Serving Alachua and Bradford Counties
    The school offers numerous interesting scholarships for incoming students
  24. Seminole State College of Florida
    100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773, Phone: (407) 708-4722
    Serving Seminole County
  25. South Florida State College
    600 W College Dr, Avon Park, FL 33825, Phone: (863) 453-6661
    Serving DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands Counties
  26. State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
    5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207, Phone: (941) 752-5000
    Serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties
  27. Tallahassee Community College 
    444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304, Phone: (850) 201-6200
    Serving Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla Counties
  28. Victoria College
    500 W Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32801, Phone: (407) 299-5000
    Serving Orange and Osceola Counties

Universities in the Florida State University System

There are twelve educational institutions operating in Florida’s State University System that offer high-quality education and support services to get students optimally prepared to be successful in the challenging national and international communities. See also this post about Top Universities in Florida. The university with the lowest acceptance rate is the Univesity of Florida in Gainesville (42%), followed by the University of South Florida in Tampa (45%), and so on.

  1. University of Florida
    205 Fletcher Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611, Phone: (352) 392-3261
    Acceptance Rate: 42 percent
    Tuition: $6,381 (in-state), $28,659 (out-of-state)
  2. University of South Florida
    4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620, Phone: (813) 974-2011
    Acceptance Rate: 45 percent
    Tuition: $6,410 (in-state), $17,324 (out-of-state)
  3. Florida A & M University 
    1601 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32307, Phone: (850) 599-3000
    Acceptance Rate: 46 percent
    Tuition: $5,785 (in-state), $17,725 (out-of-state)
  4. Florida State University 
    600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306, Phone: (850) 644-2525
    Acceptance Rate: 49 percent
    Tuition: $5,656 (in-state), $18,786 (out-of-state)
  5. University of Central Florida
    4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816, Phone: (407) 823-2000
    Acceptance Rate: 50 percent
    Tuition: $6,368 (in-state), $22,467 (out-of-state)
  6. University of West Florida
    11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514, Phone: (850) 474-2000
    Acceptance Rate: 50 percent
    Tuition: $6,360 (in-state), $19,241 (out-of-state)
  7. Florida Gulf Coast University
    10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965
    Acceptance Rate: 54 percent
    Tuition: $6,118 (in-state), $25,162 (out-of-state)
  8. Florida Polytechnic University
    4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805, Phone: (863) 583-9050
    Acceptance Rate: 55 percent
    Tuition: $4,940
  9. University of North Florida
    1 UNF Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224, Phone: (904) 620-1000
    Acceptance Rate: 59 percent
    Tuition: $6,394 (in-state), $20,798 (out-of-state)
  10. Florida Atlantic University
    777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431, Phone: (561) 297-3000
    Acceptance Rate: 60 percent
    Tuition: $4,831 (in-state), $17,276 (out-of-state)
  11. Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199
    Acceptance Rate: 64 percent
    Tuition: $6,546 (in-state), $18,954 (out-of-state)
  12. New College of Florida
    5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, Phone: (941) 487-5000
    Acceptance Rate: 69 percent
    Tuition: $6,916 (in-state), $29,944 (out-of-state)

Last Updated on May 13, 2020