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About Florida

During Florida’s early days, only wealthy and famous people could afford to vacation there. Some were so fond of Florida that they decided to stay and farm or start another business. Henry S. Flagler was one of those people who fell in love with the Sunshine State and he decided to invest in Florida after a visit in 1883. He began to invest his wealth by building hotels and railroads in Florida. As the railroads grew, it was easier for people to travel to Florida. By 1890, the railways were completed and travel to Florida was made easy for people as far away as New York.

In the early 1900s, thousand of tourists were coming to Florida. They came to stay in the new hotels, rest in the warm weather, enjoy the natural beauty, and some even came to recover from illnesses. Many wealthy people, such as Thomas Edison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Ford, built winter homes in Florida and visited for months at a time.

The invention of the automobile also made travel easier for people. As cars became less expensive and people had more leisure time, more people had time to go on vacation. Hotels and resorts were still expensive, so some travelers brought their own beds and food. They slept in their cars. Since their food was usually in tin cans, these travelers were known as “tin-can tourists.”

In the 1930s, airlines opened up travel schedules to Florida. This provided the way for even more tourists to travel to Florida. Airports were built in major cities, making travel easier for tourists into and around Florida.

    State University System

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee)
  • Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers)
  • Florida International University (Miami)
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee)
  • Indian River State College (formerly “
  • Indian River Community College”) (Ft. Pierce)
  • New College of Florida (Sarasota)
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa)
  • University of West Florida (Pensacola)
  • Religiously Affiliated Institutions

  • Ave Maria University (Ave Maria)
  • Baptist College of Florida (Graceville)
  • Barry University (Miami Shores)
  • Clearwater Christian College (Clearwater)
  • Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Florida Christian College (Kissimmee)
  • Florida College (Temple Terrace)
  • Florida Memorial University (Miami)
  • Florida Southern College (Lakeland)
  • Hobe Sound Bible College (Hobe Sound)
  • Hindu University of America (Orlando)
  • Miami Christian University (Miami)
  • Palm Beach Atlantic College (West Palm Beach)
  • Pensacola Christian College (Pensacola)
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)
  • Saint John Vianney College Seminary (Miami)
  • Saint Leo University (St. Leo)
  • St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens)
  • South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary (Deerfield Beach)
  • Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God (Lakeland)
  • Trinity College (Temple Terrace
  • Warner Southern College (Lake Wales)
  • Other Private Institutions

  • Beacon College (Leesburg)
  • Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach)
  • Carlos Albizu University (Miami)
  • DeVry University (Orlando)
  • Edward Waters College (Jacksonville)
  • Flagler College (St. Augustine)
  • International Fine Arts College (Miami)
  • Jacksonville University (Jacksonville)
  • Jones College (Jacksonville)
  • Lynn University (Boca Raton)
  • Nova Southeastern University (Davie)
  • Rasmussen College (formerly “Webster College”) (Holiday)
  • Rollins College (Orlando)
  • Schiller International University (Largo)
  • Stetson University (Deland)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables)
  • University of Phoenix (no primary Florida campus)
  • University of Tampa (Tampa)
  • Virginia College (Jacksonville, Florida)
    Old Bradford County Courthouse, now part of theSanta Fe Community College

  • Florida Community College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
  • Florida Keys Community College (Key West)
  • Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City)
  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
  • Lake City Community College (Lake City)
  • Lake-Sumter Community College (Leesburg)
  • Manatee Community College (Bradenton)
  • Miami Dade College (Miami)
  • North Florida Community College (Madison)
  • Northwest Florida State College (Niceville)
  • Palm Beach Community College (Lake Worth)
  • Pasco-Hernando Community College (New Port Richey)
  • Pensacola Junior College (Pensacola)
  • Polk Community College (Winter Haven)
  • St. Johns River Community College (Palatka)
  • St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
  • Seminole Community College (Sanford)
  • South Florida Community College (Avon Park)
  • Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee)
  • Valencia Community College (Orlando)
  • Trade/Technical Institutions

  • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Digital Media Arts College (Boca Raton)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach)
  • Everest University (formerly “Florida Metropolitan University”) (Pompano Beach)
  • Everglades University (Boca Raton)
  • Florida Career College (Miami)
  • Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (Orlando)
  • Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne)
  • Florida Technical College (Jacksonville)
  • Full Sail University (Winter Park, Florida)
  • Hodges University (formerly “International College”) (Naples)
  • Johnson & Wales University (North Miami)
  • Keiser Career College (Greenacres)
  • Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Miami International University of Art & Design (Miami)
  • Northwood University (West Palm Beach)
  • Orlando Culinary Academy (Orlando)
  • Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota)
  • Springfield College School of Human Services (Tampa)
  • The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School (Orlando)
  • Webber International University (Babson Park)
  • Florida Community Colleges

  • Brevard Community College (Cocoa)
  • Broward College (Davie)
  • Central Florida Community College (Ocala)
  • Chipola College (Marianna)
  • Daytona Beach College (Daytona Beach)
  • Edison State College (Fort Myers
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