Best Small Colleges in Florida 2022

Small colleges in Florida are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small Colleges in Florida 2022

Colleges and Universities in Florida

Coming in under the national tuition average at $6,360, Florida’s colleges and universities make earning your degree affordable. Prospective students in Florida can choose from 40 public and 50 private colleges that award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like anthropology, nursing, law, religious studies, and earth sciences. Nearly 40 colleges and universities in Florida offer online degrees that provide extra flexibility for educational opportunities. With over 165,000 students across eight campuses and 21 outreach centers, Miami Dade College is the largest public college in the state with a tuition of $3,000.

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Students seeking a religious school can choose from 21 colleges and universities that are grounded in Judeo-Christian, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, and Christian principals. Ranked as the top two schools, the University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU) both have large student populations, with just over 45,000 at UF and just under 39,000 as FSU. Both are also affordable, with tuition at $6,000 and $7,000, respectively.

At $50,000, the University of Miami is the most expensive private college in the state and has graduated influential people, such as Gene Roddenberry, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Florida also offers its nursing students up to $4,000 in loan forgiveness through their Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Coastal cities, sandy beaches, orange groves, and vibrant flowers — it’s no wonder Florida is called The Sunshine State. Home to the famous Everglades National Park and Disney World, Florida also boasts 90 higher education institutes.

With so many options and in such a beautiful setting, Florida has a lot to offer higher education students. Check out Florida’s best degree programs and top career paths.


What are Florida’s Colleges & Universities?

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Florida is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified a total of 32 small colleges in Florida. The list below of the 25 best small colleges in Flordia. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine Florida's best small colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

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Best Small Colleges in Florida 2022

  1. #1

    Rollins College

    Winter Park , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Rollins College known for?

    Rollins College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Education
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Stetson University

    DeLand , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Stetson University known for?

    Stetson University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #4

    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1192/26

    What is Florida Southern College known for?

    Florida Southern College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #5

    Eckerd College

    Saint Petersburg , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/26

    What is Eckerd College known for?

    Eckerd College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Anthropology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #6

    Jacksonville University

    Jacksonville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    What is Jacksonville University known for?

    Jacksonville University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #7

    Ave Maria University

    Ave Maria , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    What is Ave Maria University known for?

    Ave Maria University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #8

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    West Palm Beach , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    What is Palm Beach Atlantic University known for?

    Palm Beach Atlantic University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #9

    St. Thomas University

    Miami Gardens , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    What is St. Thomas University known for?

    St. Thomas University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #10

    Lynn University

    Boca Raton , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/23

    What is Lynn University known for?

    Lynn University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • Biology

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  10. #11

    Warner University

    Lake Wales , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Warner University known for?

    Warner University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #12

    Webber International University

    Babson Park , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/18

    What is Webber International University known for?

    Webber International University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #13

    Chipola College

    Marianna , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Chipola College known for?

    Chipola College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #14

    Florida Memorial University

    Miami Gardens , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Florida Memorial University known for?

    Florida Memorial University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Literature
  14. #15

    Hodges University

    Fort Myers , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Hodges University known for?

    Hodges University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Law
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
  15. #16

    Bethune–Cookman University

    Daytona Beach , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    925/16

    What is Bethune–Cookman University known for?

    Bethune–Cookman University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #17

    Flagler College

    Saint Augustine , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Flagler College known for?

    Flagler College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #18

    Northwest Florida State College

    Niceville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Northwest Florida State College known for?

    Northwest Florida State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #19

    Florida College

    Temple Terrace , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/23

    What is Florida College known for?

    Florida College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Education
  19. #20

    City College

    Fort Lauderdale , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is City College known for?

    City College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Business
  20. #21

    Everglades University

    Boca Raton , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Everglades University known for?

    Everglades University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
  21. #22

    Gulf Coast State College

    Panama City , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $2K

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Gulf Coast State College known for?

    Gulf Coast State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. #23

    Trinity Baptist College

    Jacksonville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/19

    What is Trinity Baptist College known for?

    Trinity Baptist College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. #24

    Beacon College

    Leesburg , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Beacon College known for?

    Beacon College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
  24. #25

    South Florida State College

    Avon Park , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    2K

    What is South Florida State College known for?

    South Florida State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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Find Florida’s best small school in your area of interest

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. New College of Florida
  2. Ave Maria University
  3. Eckerd College
  4. Rollins College
  5. St. Thomas University
  6. Stetson University
  7. Flagler College
  8. Florida Southern College
  9. Jacksonville University
  10. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  11. Lynn University
  12. Everglades University
  13. St. Johns River State College
  14. University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
  15. Florida Gateway College
  16. Northwest Florida State College
  17. South Florida State College
  18. Beacon College
  19. Lake–Sumter State College
  20. Chipola College

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