Florida's colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 65 percent of the state's high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida's 28 colleges.
Honors and Early College/Dual Enrollment programs attract some of the best and brightest minds and the colleges' open-door policies allow students who need remediation to get the skills they need for college-level courses. Many FCS students are the first in their families to attend college. Adult learners take college courses for personal and professional development, or to prepare for a new career.
More students enroll at Florida’s colleges to retool and retrain during economic downturns. We are more committed than ever to keeping our doors open, and to helping students get the training they need to improve their lives and help boost our state’s economy.
To learn more about the Florida College System, visit http://www.floridacollegesystem.com/. For more information about the Division of Florida Colleges, visit www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/.
The Commission for Independent Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.