Best Colleges in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville's slogan shouldn't be "Where Florida Begins", but rather "Where Your Education Begins." Jacksonville has over 20 colleges and universities offering degree programs from accounting and criminal justice to chemistry and nursing. The city is also home to several institutions offering certifications in beauty, barbering, court reporting, and welding. Named by Forbes as one of the top three cities to relocate to find a job and also home to 4 Fortune 500 companies, Jacksonville can help you take the next steps for your education and your career.

From downtown to the beaches, Jacksonville has unique areas to take a break from school. Walk along the river or cheer on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Soak up the sun at one of 4 beaches with enough distance to feel the sand beneath your toes for 22 miles. Here you can swim, snack on fresh fish, watch anglers pull in their catch, or see a movie or concert. At Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, you can enjoy 20 miles of scenic mountain biking trails, a freshwater lake, camping, and beachfront access to the best surfing spot in the area. The views are amazing wherever you are, not to mention warm temperatures and sunny skies year-round. With great options for school and plenty of places to enjoy the sun, there really is no better place to start school than Jacksonville. and don't forget the SPF.

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Best Four Year Universities in Jacksonville

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida offers 122 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 4,480 students graduated with students earning 3,561 Bachelor's degrees, 580 Master's degrees, 261 Associate's degrees, and 78 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
2 Flagler College-St Augustine Saint Augustine, FL

Flagler College-St Augustine offers 65 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small suburb. In 2015, 618 students graduated with students earning 618 Bachelor's degrees.

3 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL

Jacksonville State University offers 100 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,676 students graduated with students earning 1,358 Bachelor's degrees, 274 Master's degrees, 44 Certificates degrees.

4 Edward Waters College Jacksonville, FL

Edward Waters College offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 125 students graduated with students earning 125 Bachelor's degrees.

5 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville University offers 171 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,437 students graduated with students earning 944 Bachelor's degrees, 469 Master's degrees, 15 Certificates degrees, and 9 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Illinois College Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College offers 77 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 271 students graduated with students earning 267 Bachelor's degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

7 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers 179 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 8,428 students graduated with students earning 4,633 Associate's degrees, 3,106 Certificates degrees, and 689 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Trinity Baptist College Jacksonville, FL

Trinity Baptist College offers 23 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 55 students graduated with students earning 42 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 4 Associate's degrees.

9 ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville offers 17 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 178 students graduated with students earning 145 Associate's degrees, and 33 Bachelor's degrees.

10 MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL

MacMurray College offers 29 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 142 students graduated with students earning 142 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Jacksonville

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Southeastern College-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Southeastern College-Jacksonville offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 193 students graduated with students earning 174 Certificates degrees, and 19 Associate's degrees.

2 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC

Coastal Carolina Community College offers 65 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,490 students graduated with students earning 774 Certificates degrees, and 716 Associate's degrees.

3 Fortis College-Orange Park Orange Park, FL

Fortis College-Orange Park offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 199 students graduated with students earning 164 Certificates degrees, and 35 Associate's degrees.

4 Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville offers 13 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 472 students graduated with students earning 320 Certificates degrees, and 152 Associate's degrees.

5 Heritage Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Heritage Institute-Jacksonville offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 169 students graduated with students earning 133 Associate's degrees, and 36 Certificates degrees.

6 Jacksonville College-Main Campus Jacksonville, TX

Jacksonville College-Main Campus offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a far away town. In 2015, 76 students graduated with students earning 75 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

7 Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC

Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a small city. In 2015, 513 students graduated with students earning 433 Certificates degrees, and 80 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University Logo University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
2/5
27 : 1 15,675
Flagler College-St Augustine Flagler College-St Augustine Saint Augustine, FL
4/5
18 : 1 2,701
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
2/5
23 : 1 8,314
Edward Waters College Edward Waters College Jacksonville, FL
3/5
34 : 1 2,254
Jacksonville University Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
5/5
21 : 1 4,048
Illinois College Illinois College Jacksonville, IL
5/5
11 : 1 955
Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
2/5
42 : 1 26,164
Southeastern College-Jacksonville Southeastern College-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
4/5
5 : 1 125
University Logo Trinity Baptist College Jacksonville, FL
3/5
25 : 1 441
Coastal Carolina Community College Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
2/5
17 : 1 4,186
ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
4/5
20 : 1 616
Tulsa Welding School-Jacksonville Tulsa Welding School-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 36 : 1 822
University Logo Parisian Spa Institute Jacksonville, FL 35 : 1 104
MacMurray College MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL
5/5
15 : 1 570
CDA Technical Institute CDA Technical Institute Jacksonville, FL 17 : 1 326
University Logo First Coast Technical College Saint Augustine, FL 12 : 1 525
North Florida Academy North Florida Academy Orange Park, FL 11 : 1 11
Fortis College-Orange Park Fortis College-Orange Park Orange Park, FL
3/5
22 : 1 362
University Logo Jacksonville Beauty Institute Jacksonville, FL 3 : 1 22
University Logo American Academy of Cosmetology Orange Park, FL 4 : 1 19
Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 25 : 1 483
University Logo Trendsetters School of Beauty & Barbering Jacksonville, FL 16 : 1 32
University Logo Florida Career College-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
4/5
25 : 1 346
Heritage Institute-Jacksonville Heritage Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 18 : 1 230
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-Jacksonville Regency Jacksonville, FL 10 : 1 30

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Jacksonville

Questions About Going to College in Jacksonville

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Northeast Florida is home to three Fortune 500 companies (CSX, Fidelity National Financial, and FIS) and more than 80 corporate, regional, and divisional headquarters. In fact, Forbes ranked Jacksonville fifth on its list of the Top Cities to Find a Job in 2015. Hot industries include construction, durable goods, transportation, utilities, and wholesale and retail trade. Tourism, a staple of much of Florida’s economy, remains important to the Jacksonville area.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Jacksonville?

Jacksonville places third among cities with the largest military presence in the United States. Naval Air Station Jacksonville alone employs more than 25,000 people, and another 9,000 work at Naval Station Mayport. Education majors get hired by Duval County Public Schools, the 15th largest district in the nation. Baptist Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, and Mayo Clinic look for health-care professionals. Grads with financial backgrounds often find work at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, or JP Morgan Chase.

Is Jacksonville more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

The areas around Florida State University at Jacksonville, University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University certainly cater to the student population. But with more than 850,000 residents, Jacksonville as a whole is much more than a college town. Families and retirees often settle in Yellowbluff and Oceanway – riverfront communities still convenient to downtown. Young professionals flock to bungalows and brownstones in trendy Riverside. All enjoy the more than 131 square miles of city, state, and national parks that make Jacksonville the largest urban park system in the nation.

What do the locals in Jacksonville like to do for fun?

Golfers stay busy playing on North Florida’s more than 80 courses. Cheering on the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars is another popular weekend activity. Foodies like to explore the city’s eclectic mix of restaurants, especially the fresh seafood served everywhere from upscale establishments to casual fish shacks. Catch your own if you prefer—water-related activities rule in Jacksonville. In fact, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are two of the main ways residents exercise!

What's the dating scene like in Jacksonville? Will I meet my perfect mate?

With so many recreational activities, chances seem high for finding your perfect Southern belle or gentleman. Get to know your date while strolling on the gorgeous white sand at Jacksonville Beach. If you’re not into outdoor fitness, maybe you’ll encounter your cultured sweetie at the Downtown Art Walk held in the evening on the first Wednesday of every month. Jacksonville makes it easy for you to put yourself out there.

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