10 Largest Universities in Florida


Florida features 11 state universities, and several private universities and community colleges. According to a September 2009 article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, enrollment hit record marks at eight of the state's public universities in 2009. Enrollment also increased to record levels at many of the state's public community colleges. U.S. News & World Report provides annual enrollment figures for all of the state's colleges and universities.

Florida State University

  • The university, which is located in Tallahassee, had a 2008 total enrollment of 38,682, but the college has capped enrollment for incoming freshman due to funding concerns.

    The Florida State University
    600 W. College Ave.
    Tallahassee, FL 32306

University of Florida

  • Approximately 50,000 students attended the University of Florida, a major research university located in Gainesville, in 2009.

    University of Florida
    S.W. 2nd Avenue
    Gainesville, FL 32611

University of Miami

  • Approximately 15,000 students attended the University of Miami in 2008. The private research university, which is located in Coral Gables, costs approximately $36,000 for tuition and fees. The cost is based on 2001-2009 figures provided by U.S. News & World Report.

    University of Miami
    1200 Campo Sano Ave.
    Miami, FL 33146

Florida Atlantic University

  • Approximately 28,000 students attended Florida Atlantic in fall 2009. The university's main campus is in Boca Raton.

    Florida Atlantic University
    777 Glades Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33431

Florida International University

  • The university's enrollment hit 39,000 in fall 2009. The university is located in Miami.

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler St.
    Miami, FL 33172

University of South Florida

  • With enrollment of 46,000 in 2008, the University of South Florida has grown to become one of the state's largest public universities. The school is located in Tampa.

    University of South Florida
    42020 E. Fowler Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33620

University of Central Florida

  • Located in East Orlando, the University of Central Florida became the state's largest public university in 2009. Currently, more than 52,000 students attend the school.

    University of Central Florida
    4000 Central Florida Blvd.
    Orlando, FL 32816

Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Although it has been open only since 1997, Florida Gulf Coast has grown steadily. In 2009, student enrollment totaled 11,000 students.

    Florida Gulf Coast University
    10501 FGCU Blvd.
    Fort Myers, FL 33965

Florida A&M University

  • The university, located in Tallahassee, has about 12,000 students. It is a historically black university.

    Florida A&M University
    211 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center
    Tallahassee, FL 32307

University of North Florida

  • Located in Jacksonville, UNF had a student population of 15,280 during fall 2008.

    University of North Florida
    4567 St. Johns Bluff Road South
    Jacksonville, FL 32224


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