State University System

The State University System of Florida is composed of 12 public universities and has more than 341,000 students, making it the second largest system in the country. Each institution has its own distinct mission, but all have one thing in common: They are committed to building relationships with the business community. To learn more, you can contact the Board of Governors’ office at or 850- 245-9724.

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL)


FAMU is a land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities. It is classified as a “doctoral/research” institution by Carnegie. As an HBCU, the university is committed to its historic mission of educating African Americans. FAMU embraces persons of all races, ethnic origins and nationalities as life- long members of the university community. Its vision is to be internationally recognized as a premier land grant and research institution committed to exemplary teaching, research, and service preparing transformational graduates with high ethical values dedicated to solving complex issues impacting our global society.

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)


FAU is classified as a “high research activity” institution by Carnegie. Its strategic plan is built around four goals to: 1) enrich the educational experience, 2) inspire research, scholarship and creative activity, 3) increase FAU’s community engagement, and 4) leverage momentum toward achieving FAU’s strategic goals by being good stewards of its human, technological, physical and financial resources. In setting the goal of attaining “very high research activity,” the University is striving to enhance its role as an intellectual leader and take its ability to serve as a creative force to new heights. As such, FAU has identified the following as three signature themes for the institution: marine and coastal issues; biotechnology; and contemporary societal challenges.

Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)


Florida Gulf Coast University, a comprehensive institution of higher education, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs of strategic importance to Southwest Florida and beyond. FGCU seeks academic excellence in the development of selected programs and centers of distinction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, health professions, business, and marine and environmental sciences. Outstanding faculty and staff supported by a strong community of advisors prepare students for gainful employment and successful lives as responsible, productive and engaged citizens. FGCU emphasizes innovative, student-centered teaching and learning, promotes and practices environmental sustainability, embraces diversity, nurtures community partnerships, values public service, encourages civic responsibility, and cultivates habits of lifelong learning and the discovery of new knowledge.

Florida International University (Miami, FL)


FIU is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. It is classified as a “high research activity” institution by Carnegie. Most alumni live and work in the three county area of South Florida. Nationally, FIU is the largest producer of minority degrees at the bachelor’s level, and the largest producer of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, including STEM degrees. These facts drive the FIU strategy for our regional and national markets. FIU is committed to improving early employment-related matching of student interest and aptitudes with available academic majors and jobs to ensure a more efficient and timely progression to degree and employment thereafter.

Florida Polytech University (Lakeland, FL)


As Florida’s newest university, FPU’s mission is to educate students emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in an innovative, technology-rich, and interdisciplinary learning environment. The University collaborates with industry partners to offer students real- world problem-solving, work experience, applied research and business leadership opportunities. Florida Polytechnic prepares students to assume available leadership positions in the dynamic technological landscape in Florida, the nation, and the world.

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)


The vision FSU as adopted in its recent strategic plan states that “The Florida State University will be one of the world’s premier institutions of higher education, devoted to transforming the lives of our students, shaping the future of our state and society, and offering programs of national and international distinction in a climate of inquiry, engagement, collegiality, diversity, and achievement.” FSU is classified by Carnegie as a “very high research activity” institution and competes in national and international markets for faculty with a student- centered education provided by an outstanding faculty defining the frontiers of research and creativity. As a top- tier research university, it is crucial to offer the full breadth of disciplinary excellence, and FSU seeks continual improvement in its position in retaining and educating the most promising students in the State of Florida. Recruitment and retention of faculty is essential to maintain market competitiveness, and FSU’s strategy is to leverage its long-standing and well-developed strengths in the physical sciences and fine arts with emerging opportunities for innovation and problem-solving in the sciences and the professions.

New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)


New College offers an undergraduate liberal arts education of the highest quality in the context of a small, residential public honors college with a distinctive academic program that develops the student’s intellectual and personal potential as fully as possible; encourages the discovery of new knowledge and values while providing opportunities to acquire established knowledge and values; and fosters the individual’s effective relationship with society. New College aspires to be the first choice of students who value academic rigor and intellectual exploration in equal measure; maintain ranking within the top ten public undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the nation; increase its percentage of under-represented students; increase its endowment (capital campaign goals), diversify our sources of revenues; and integrate student life and academic life so that they are not competing realms but working together to support student success.

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)


UCF is a public multi-campus, metropolitan research university that anchors the Central Florida city-state in meeting its economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental, and societal needs. UCF is one of the nation’s largest university and is classified by Carnegie as a “very high research activity” institution. The university is focused on the future by leveraging innovative partnerships, effective interdisciplinarity, and a culture of sustainability highlighted in everything that it does. UCF plans to sustain programs in its areas of historic strength – such as engineering, business, computer sciences, the natural sciences, and teacher education – and have the confidence and nimbleness to exploit strategic opportunities in areas as diverse as medicine, the performing arts, and emerging fields.

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)


UF is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university and encompasses virtually all academic and professional disciplines. It is a member of the Association of American Universities. UF is classified by Carnegie as a “very high research activity” institution and competes with the top 20 public universities in the nation for student and faculty talent. To rise into the top ten, UF will assume a leadership position in a strategically selected subset of disciplines and endeavors through investment of recently appropriated state resources into new faculty. The university will also strengthen undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, doctoral education, and research programs. UF will increase access to high quality online education for undergraduates. These thrusts will be supported by vigorous outreach and public relations efforts, technology transfer and licensing programs, and economic development initiatives.

University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL)


UNF is a regional university dedicated to providing intellectual, cultural, and civic capital for the betterment of Northeast Florida and indeed the entire State. The following features characterize UNF’s market: 1) a diverse metropolitan population in excess of one million residents with a projection of steady growth into the future; 2) a large population of freshmen and AA transfer students along with a graduate population of approximately 13%; 3) a complex economy whose main drivers are the State’s second largest health care industry; shipping, trade, financial services and logistics resulting from Jacksonville’s prominence as an international port and transportation center; and a large technology-intensive corporate sector; 4) a unique physical environment (the region is coastal, estuarine, and bisected by a major river); 5) a strong relationship between the university and its many public and private partners throughout the region consistent with the university’s commitment to serve as a “steward of place.”

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)


USF is a global research university dedicated to student success and positioned for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). USF is classified by Carnegie as a “very high research activity” institution attracting students and faculty of the highest caliber. In moving towards AAU eligibility, USF measures its progress by setting clear annual targets for a series of metrics and compares itself to peer and aspirational peer institutions. USF uses national benchmarks to monitor, among other things: performance indices through the Association of American Universities; ranking of research universities through the National Science Foundation; ranking of the scope and quality of graduate programs through the National Research Council; technology transfers, start-ups and patents; endowment standings and other key metrics.

University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)


UWF is a public university based in Northwest Florida with multiple instructional sites and a strong virtual presence. It is classified as a “doctoral/research” institution by Carnegie. UWF delivers a range of high-quality baccalaureate and master’s programs—as well as targeted doctoral offerings—that are responsive to regional and state needs. The majority of UWF’s students come from the Panhandle, but UWF is helping to address higher education access needs by enrolling an increasing number of students from the Florida peninsula and beyond. A significant number of UWF’s students come from families with a military connection. The university will manage growth strategically at the Pensacola campus, at other sites, and online, and will target recruitment efforts to incorporate an appropriate balance of first-time-in-college, transfer, and graduate students; residential and commuter students; traditional and older adults; military personnel and veterans; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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