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Along with the campuses of many nationally known trade schools and technical colleges like DeVry University and ITT, Tampa is also home one of the state university system’s member institutions as well as one of the state college system’s schools. From aeronautics to law, students of every age and interest can find a program that meets their needs.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  |  (813) 828-3772
With locations in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz., Embry-Riddle is one of the aviation and aerospace industry’s preeminent educational institutions. Since 1970, it has operated several Worldwide Campus locations, including one in Tampa. Located at MacDill Air Force Base, Embry-Riddle Tampa offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a variety of certifications. For those looking to further their military career, a degree from Embry-Riddle can help achieve officer status, or can help retired or active members reenter the work force. Military spouses can also enroll in the university’s programs.

Everest University  |  (888) 223-8556
In operation since 1890, Everest University-Tampa has the distinction of being the state’s oldest continuously operating business college. Students have a wide range of degree and program options, with Everest offering associate’s master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Degrees in accounting, criminal justice, medical insurance coding and business administration can be earned at the Tampa campus, online or a through a combination of both. The school also offers career planning, interview preparation and an extensive job search database to its students.

Hillsborough Community College  |  (813) 253-7000
Founded in 1968, Hillsborough is the second-youngest community college within the state’s community college system. Another distinguishing characteristic is that HCC boasts a residence hall—one of the few community colleges to offer students the option to live on campus. The programs options range from arts and science to technical and health science programs. With more than 43,000 students, HCC ranks high, both statewide and nationally, in the total number of associate degrees earned. Its prestigious Honors Institute helps top students transfer to four-year institutions like Columbia University, Yale and Boston College.

Jersey College Nursing School at Tampa  |  (813) 246-5111
Since 2003, the Jersey College Nursing School has been educating highly skilled nurses who serve in hospitals and other medical facilities across the country. While it began in New Jersey, the college and its programs have found strong support in the Tampa community as well as other cities in Florida. The college has accreditation from both the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. Students can pursue either a practical nursing (also known as LPN) or professional nursing (RN) degrees. The curricula were designed to include both clinical and theoretical components, which helps graduates seamlessly enter the profession.

Keiser University  |  (813) 885-4900
Small classes and knowledgeable faculty are just two of the benefits of a Keiser education, whose main campus is in Fort Lauderdale. Another unique feature is the fact that students take just one class at a time during their enrollment. By focusing on a single four-week class at a time, students can earn their degree with the minimum amount of stress. With many associates, bachelor’s and graduate degrees to choose from, students are prepared for a variety of careers. Culinary arts, nursing, video game design, business administration, elementary education and many other programs make Keiser a worthwhile investment.

Nova Southeastern University  |  (813) 574-5200
For 50 years, Nova Southeastern University has been awarding degrees in a wide range of professional fields. This not-for-profit independent institution enrolls approximately 26,000 students each year and is one of only 37 universities in the country to have earned the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes effective collaborations between institutions and the larger communities in which they exist. The conveniently located Tampa campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, speech-language pathology, education, nursing and a host of other programs.

Rasmussen College  |  (813) 246-7600
While the needs of the business community have changed drastically since the founding of the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in St. Paul, Minn., in 1900, the college’s mission of meeting those needs has not. It added campuses, including the Tampa location, and increased its degree offerings to keep up with job placement demand, especially in the field of accounting. The investment has paid off: More than 14,000 students each year take advantage of its online learning opportunities. The Tampa/Brandon campus has earned accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, so students know they are getting a quality education close to home.

Remington College  |  (800) 560-6192
Remington College has helped students in 19 cities to build the skills they need to secure jobs in their chosen field. The Tampa campus offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, computer and network administration, cosmetology, dental and medical assisting and personal training. The school also has strong ties to the community and helps students gain hands-on experience by assisting the Red Cross and other medical organizations run blood drives and health fairs. Information technology students also help local businesses by refurbishing equipment.

South University, Tampa  |  (813) 393-3800
Founded in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah, Ga., South University has a proud history of academic excellence. It has grown from a two-year college to a four-year university while also expanding its locations and programs. The Tampa campus opened in 2006, offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing and health sciences. In 2007, the campus added an RN to BSN degree completion program. Students can take advantage of all that the city has to offer, as the campus is located just five minutes from downtown.

Stetson University College of Law  |  (727) 562-7800
The main campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg was Florida’s first law school when it was founded more than 100 years ago, and it has been ranked No. 1 in trial advocacy and No. 6 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report. The satellite center in Tampa is one of the few law schools that shares space with a working court, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. Fully accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, Stetson was also the first law school in Florida to require pro bono service by both its students and faculty. 

Thomas M. Cooley Law School  |  (813) 419-5100, ext. 5102
With an alumni list that includes current and former state senators and attorneys general, Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School is a name well-known and respected in the legal profession. Fortunately, as the only campus outside of Michigan, Tampa residents also have access to an outstanding legal education. The only state that boasts more Cooley resident graduates than Florida is the school’s home state of Michigan. The state-of-the-art 132,000-square-foot campus is conveniently located near I-75 and it has 24 classrooms, a computer lab, library, trial courtroom and a 96-seat appellate level courtroom.

University of South Florida  |  (813) 974-2011
Serving nearly 48,000 students in more than 240 degree programs, the University of South Florida is one of the state’s preeminent public research institutions. The school’s main Tampa campus, which was established in 1956, includes USF Health and the College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. It is one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the country and is annually awarded more than $400 million in research awards. More than 5,600 students live on campus in the school’s 34 residence halls. USF graduates have gone on to hold positions at firms as diverse as SeaWorld, FedEx and Google.

The University of Tampa  |  (813) 253-3333
This private, co-ed university was founded in 1931 as a junior college. In 1933, the school relocated into a historic hotel and changed its name to The University of Tampa. Now one of the region’s best private universities, UT boasts an annual economic impact of about $750 million. UT offers its student population of around 7,700, including students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, degrees in more than 150 programs of study. In 2010, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit the campus.