An Introduction to Colleges & Universities in Fort Lauderdale

by April L. Karbowsky
An Introduction to Colleges & Universities in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is located approximately 23 miles north of Miami and 42 miles south of Palm Beach and is the seventh largest city in Florida. The Atlantic Ocean, New River and many inland waterways give the city of Fort Lauderdale miles of coastline and, due to this, the city is called the "Venice of America."

The variety of cultural activities in the city is broad – people can view top-notch performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, tour the Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection, or check out the spectacular waterways of the area with the Sea Experience Glassbottom Boat Tours. History lovers will find plenty of opportunites as well. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum presents the life and customs of a Seminole tribe from the area and the Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum offers a unique insight on the development of the city from 1870 to 1930.

Once known primarily as an ideal location for tourists, the city is now drawing a diverse range of new companies to the area. An fabulous climate coupled with efforts on the part of local government to make the area more business friendly have resulted in a surge of corporate expansion or relocation. Top companies in Fort Lauderdale include AutoNation, Republic Services, Inc., DHL/Airborne Inc., Spherion, and BFC Financial. Industries affected by this growth include manufacturing, film and television production, insurance, finance, marine, real esate, high technology, and avionics/aerospace.

Going to School in Fort Lauderdale

To meet the educational demands of Fort Lauderdale businesses, individuals are turning to area schools to further their education. The city has seven private colleges and universities, one public college, and twelve professional schools within the city limits to choose from:

Private Colleges & Universities

Public Colleges & Universities

Career & Technical Schools

There is a very interesting and broad range of topics for students to major in at schools in Fort Lauderdale, some of which include: Legal Assisting, Computer Science, Medical Assisting, Mental Health, Nursing, Culinary Arts, Video Game Design, Phlebotomy, Computer Animation & Design, Fire Science, Crime Scene Technology, Paralegal, Aquatic Engineering, Homeland Security, Massage Therapy, Radiology, Information Technology, Business Administration, Law, Dentistry, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Visual Communications, Instructional Technology, Broadcasting, Emergency Medical Services, Hospitality, Oceanography, Journalism, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Education, Interior Design, Physical Therapy, Ultrasound, Marketing, Zoology, Women's Studies, Statistics, Dietetics, Accounting, Fashion Marketing & Design, and Psychology.

Financial Aid

Often students find that they need to obtain monetary assistance to go to school. Student loans and tax savings programs are helpful, though often not enough given the high tuition costs that can be incurred. Scholarships and grants (which are based on financial need) should be considered as well and future students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which helps in determining their eligibility for such assistance.

Other scholarships and grants have to be sought out by students. For example, scholarships specific to students attending school in Fort Lauderdale are as follows:

To get more information on these and other sources of financial aid for Florida students, check out the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Florida Department of Education.


Gaining hands-on experience in the field of study is one of the most important things that any student can do to enhance their education and increase their chances of finding a good job once they've graduated. The diversity of business types in Fort Lauderdale offers many good internship opportunities.

To find more information about internships in Fort Lauderdale, students should check with the career center of their institution, contact the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for listings of local companies so they may be contacted directly, or check out sites such as Yahoo! HotJobs or MonsterTrak where they can find current listings for internships in the Fort Lauderdale area.


Fort Lauderdale is a wonderful place for students to earn their education, with an excellent climate, diverse cultural activities, and a solid and growing base of businesses to explore.

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