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268 Colleges
69,799 Yearly Graduations
$51,675 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,482 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Florida ranked #2 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 69,799 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $12,919 per year to get their degree at a college in Florida, while out of state students will pay an average of $16,224 per year.

An estimated 66% of college students in Florida take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,871 per year.

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Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,898 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,048 full-time undergraduates at UMA Clearwater, and 7,124 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

98% of UMA Clearwater students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,840 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UMA Clearwater is $23,000.

#2

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,934 Yearly Degrees
$22,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,330 students at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale in total, 18,146 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 10,947 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 25% are men and 75% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $13,574 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is $32,792.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,854 Yearly Degrees
$10,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,328 undergraduates at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, of which 2,811 are full-time, and there are 13,904 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Worldwide is 4.7 years.

About 63% of students who apply get accepted. Around 87% of accepted students are men, and 13% are women.

16% of Embry-Riddle Worldwide students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,352 a year. Embry-Riddle Worldwide has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Embry-Riddle Worldwide with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $62,242 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,530 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,749 students at South Florida Institute of Technology in total, 1,749 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 35 to 1.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,839 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from South Florida Institute of Technology is $23,018.

#5

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,326 Yearly Degrees
$2,830 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 33,243 students at BC in total, 10,715 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,498 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BC is $31,177.

#6

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,320 Yearly Degrees
$6,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Central Florida is 71,881, of which 61,401 students are undergraduates and of those, 43,513 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UCF is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 45% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

24% of UCF students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,325 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UCF with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,759 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,269 Yearly Degrees
$2,474 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,488 full-time undergraduates at Valencia College, and 45,949 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,918 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Valencia College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,785 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,237 Yearly Degrees
$2,657 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Florida State College at Jacksonville is 22,344, which includes 7,053 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $2,704 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,497 during the early-career years.

#9

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,186 Yearly Degrees
$3,050 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,666 students at Palm Beach State College in total, 7,907 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Palm Beach State College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,792 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Palm Beach State College is $31,835.

#10

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
1,118 Yearly Degrees
$2,838 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,950 full-time undergraduates at MDC, and 46,523 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at MDC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,941 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from MDC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,405 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,101 Yearly Degrees
$3,131 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Seminole State College of Florida is 16,298, which includes 5,175 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,832 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Seminole State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,158 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,073 Yearly Degrees
$6,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 50,626 students at USF Tampa in total, 38,582 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,650 are full-time. It takes the average USF Tampa undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 49%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 26% of students at USF Tampa take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,839 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $43,307 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,064 Yearly Degrees
$2,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Hillsborough Community College is 19,532, which includes 8,903 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,944 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from HCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,576 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
963 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,264 full-time undergraduates at UTI Orlando, and 2,264 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 45 to 1.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,103 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,658 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
949 Yearly Degrees
$13,635 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,011 undergraduates at Rasmussen University - Florida, of which 4,275 are full-time, and there are 9,055 students altogether. It takes the average Rasmussen University - Florida undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

82% of Rasmussen University - Florida students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,363 a year. Rasmussen University - Florida has a 7.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rasmussen University - Florida is $32,226.

#16

Tulsa Welding School-Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
870 Yearly Degrees

There are 979 full-time undergraduates at TWS, and 979 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

Roughly 83% of students at TWS take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,704 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,938 during the early-career years.

#17

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
828 Yearly Degrees
$2,764 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,803 full-time undergraduates at Indian River State College, and 15,236 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,522 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Indian River State College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,949 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Sheridan Technical College

Hollywood, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
763 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Sheridan Technical College is 1,350, which includes 1,350 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Students who graduate from Sheridan Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,415 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
763 Yearly Degrees
$3,106 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,992 full-time undergraduates at Daytona State College, and 12,728 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 23% of students at Daytona State College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,270 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Daytona State College is $27,990.

#20

Southern Technical College

Orlando, Florida
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
728 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Southern Technical College is 1,712, which includes 1,712 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Approximately 78% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,084 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southern Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,659 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
690 Yearly Degrees
$2,682 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,152 full-time undergraduates at SPC, and 26,430 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at SPC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,832 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SPC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,606 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
632 Yearly Degrees
$39,066 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,797 students at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach in total, 8,155 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,035 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is 4.6 years.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 73% of accepted students are men, and 27% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $15,636 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $62,242 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
609 Yearly Degrees
$2,791 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,937 students at EFSC in total, 4,508 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at EFSC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,113 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,261 during the early-career years.

#24

Erwin Technical College

Tampa, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
592 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Erwin Technical College is 653, which includes 653 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Erwin Technical College is $31,409.

#25

Manatee Technical College

Bradenton, Florida
Public Public vs. Private
564 Yearly Degrees

There are 923 students at MTC in total, 897 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MTC is $29,900.

Other Florida Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Celebrity School of Beauty 527
27 Aveda Institute - Tallahassee 516
28 Pensacola State College 488
29 Santa Fe College 484
30 Atlantic Technical College 478
31 Florida Career College - Orlando 466
32 La Belle Beauty Academy 447
33 Florida Career College - West Palm Beach 445
34 Aveda Institute - South Florida 439
35 Lively Technical College 435
36 Lorenzo Walker Technical College 433
37 Suncoast Technical College 429
38 Florida Career College - Hialeah 423
39 National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay 420
40 University of North Florida 408
41 Florida Vocational Institute 404
42 Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes 396
43 Praxis Institute 393
44 Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus 388
45 Lake Technical College 387
46 Florida International University 369
47 Florida Career College - Boynton Beach 367
48 Boca Beauty Academy 364
49 Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg 363
50 Florida Career College - Margate 361
51 American Medical Academy 359
52 William T McFatter Technical College 351
53 L3 Commercial Training Solutions Airline Academy 346
54 Florida Atlantic University 345
55 University of Florida 330
56 Marion Technical College 323
57 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 322
58 Florida Career College - Tampa 318
58 Technical Education Center-Osceola 318
60 Fort Myers Technical College 316
61 Florida Career College 313
62 La Belle Beauty School 310
63 Florida SouthWestern State College 302
64 Gulf Coast State College 301
65 Medical Institute of Palm Beach 297
66 Orange Technical College - Winter Park Campus 294
67 First Coast Technical College 293
68 Polk State College 291
69 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers 283
70 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-Casselberry 282
71 Concorde Career Institute - Tampa 274
72 Southern Technical College 273
73 HCI College 272
74 Pasco-Hernando State College 271
75 Orange Technical College - Westside Campus 270
76 Tallahassee Community College 269
77 Altierus Career College - Tampa 259
77 Boca Beauty Academy - Parkland 259
79 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach 256
80 Florida Academy 253
81 J-Tech Institute 248
81 CDA Technical Institute 248
83 American Institute of Beauty 244
84 Saint Johns River State College 243
85 Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater 238
85 Florida Career College - Miami 238
87 Orange Technical College - Orlando Campus 237
88 The University of West Florida 232
89 Beauty Academy of South Florida 230
89 Parisian Spa Institute 230
91 Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville 228
91 Concorde Career Institute - Orlando 228
93 Florida Career College - Jacksonville 227
94 College of Central Florida 225
95 Southeastern College-West Palm Beach 221
96 Concorde Career Institute - Miramar 220
97 Florida Barber Academy 219
98 Tulsa Welding School-Jacksonville 217
99 Ridge Technical College 212
100 Traviss Technical College 203
101 Florida State University 201
102 Bene’s Career Academy 198
103 Florida Gulf Coast University 194
104 Lindsey Hopkins Technical College 192
104 Florida Gateway College 192
106 Latin Beauty Academy 191
107 Withlacoochee Technical College 187
108 Florida Education Institute 186
109 College of Business and Technology-Hialeah 184
110 Okaloosa Technical College 183
111 Charlotte Technical College 182
112 M-DCPS The English Center 180
113 George T Baker Aviation Technical College 177
113 Cape Coral Technical College 177
115 George Stone Technical College 175
116 South Florida State College 173
117 Sunstate Academy 172
118 Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology 171
119 College of Business and Technology-Flagler 163
120 Big Bend Technical College 158
120 Florida Panhandle Technical College 158
122 AdventHealth University 153
123 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota 152
123 Fortis College - Orange Park 152
125 Summit Salon Academy - Tampa 151
126 Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology 149
127 Sunstate Academy 148
128 Tom P Haney Technical Center 147
128 InterAmerican Technical Institute 147
130 Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie 145
131 Fortis Institute - Pensacola 144
132 Kaizen Beauty Academy 142
132 Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland 142
134 Hollywood Institute - Margate 141
135 Florida Institute of Technology 140
136 Florida National University - Main Campus 139
137 Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College 138
138 Northwest Florida State College 134
139 Futura Career Institute 132
140 Aparicio-Levy Technical College 127
141 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Orlando 126
142 Cortiva Institute, Florida 125
143 Paul Mitchell the School Tampa 124
144 The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne 123
145 Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy - Tampa 122
145 Compu-Med Vocational Careers Corp 122
147 Paul Mitchell the School Orlando 121
147 Herzing University - Winter Park 121
149 Locklin Technical College 118
150 Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy - Lakeland 114
150 ATA Career Education 114
152 The University of Tampa 110
153 Paul Mitchell the School Jacksonville 106
154 Daytona College 105
155 University of Miami 101
155 Treasure Coast Technical College 101
157 Nova Southeastern University 99
157 Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty 99
159 Nouvelle Institute 98
159 Chipola College 98
159 North Florida Cosmetology Institute Inc 98
162 Academy of Cosmetology 97
162 Gwinnett Institute 97
162 North Florida College 97
165 Brewster Technical College 96
165 Lake-Sumter State College 96
167 Emerald Coast Technical College 95
168 Flagler Technical Institute 94
169 Fred K Marchman Technical College 91
169 American Academy of Cosmetology 91
171 North Florida Technical College 90
172 South Dade Technical College - South Dade Skills Center Campus 87
173 The College of the Florida Keys 85
174 New Professions Technical Institute 84
174 The Salon Professional Academy - Ft Myers 84
176 American Beauty Schools 83
176 Florida International Training Institute 83
176 Florida College of Natural Health-Pompano Beach 83
179 Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology 81
180 International Training Careers 78
180 Loraines Academy & Spa 78
182 Acupuncture and Massage College 77
183 Academy of Career Training 76
183 Florida Institute of Technology - Online 76
185 Meridian College 74
186 International Academy 72
187 Immokalee Technical College 71
188 Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College 70
188 Bellasa Professional Institute 70
190 Prestige Health & Beauty Sciences Academy 69
190 First Coast Barber Academy 69
192 Everglades University 66
192 College of Business and Technology-Cutler Bay 66
194 Shear Excellence Hair Academy 65
195 Paul Mitchell the School Fort Myers 63
195 Saint Leo University 63
197 South University, Tampa 62
197 Summit Salon Academy - Gainesville 62
199 Tenaj Salon Institute 61
200 Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital 60
201 Pensacola School of Massage Therapy & Health Careers 59
201 Stetson University 59
203 Sarasota School of Massage Therapy 58
204 RIVEROAK Technical College 57
205 New Concept Massage and Beauty School 56
206 Florida Academy of Health & Beauty 55
207 Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations 54
207 Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay 54
209 Empire Beauty School-Lakeland 53
209 Lee Professional Institute 53
211 Fortis College - Cutler Bay 52
212 Empire Beauty School-Tampa 51
213 Paul Mitchell the School Miami 50
213 Full Sail University 50
215 Barry University 46
216 McDougle Technical Institute 43
216 Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc 43
218 PiBerry Institute 42
218 Universal Career School 42
218 More Tech Institute 42
221 The Salon Professional Academy - Delray Beach 40
222 Jacksonville University 39
222 Empire Beauty School-West Palm 39
222 Taylor College 39
222 KCK Beauty & Barber Academy 39
226 Cozmo Beauty School 37
227 City College - Altamonte Springs 36
228 Global Medical & Technical Training Institute 32
228 Hodges University 32
230 South University, West Palm Beach 31
231 Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine 28
232 Med Academy 26
233 Installer Institute 25
234 Suncoast Technical Education Center 24
235 Ave Maria University 22
236 Jose Maria Vargas University 21
237 World Class Academy of Beauty Careers 20
237 City College - Hollywood 20
237 Florida Southern College 20
240 AI Miami International University of Art and Design 18
241 Shear Finesse Hairstyling Academy 17
241 American Advanced Technicians Institute 17
241 SABER College 17
241 Lynn University 17
245 City College - Gainesville 16
245 UR Beauty & Barber Academy 16
247 City College - Fort Lauderdale 15
247 City College - Miami 15
249 The Beauty Institute 14
249 DeVry University - Florida 14
249 Fort Pierce Beauty Academy 14
249 D A Dorsey Technical College 14
253 Florida Memorial University 12
254 Trendsetters School of Beauty & Barbering 10
254 Center for Neurosomatic Studies 10
256 Palm Beach Atlantic University 5
256 NRI Institute of Health Sciences 5
256 Gadsden Technical Institute 5
259 Hope College of Arts and Sciences 2
259 South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary 2
261 Advance Science College 1
261 Johnson University Florida 1
263 Florida School of Massage 0
263 St. Thomas University 0
263 Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico - Orlando 0
263 Southeastern University 0
263 Premiere International College 0
263 Millennia Atlantic University 0

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