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The Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF) is a diverse association of 28 private, educational institutions. These colleges and universities award 26 percent of Florida’s bachelor degrees and one-third all degrees. ICUF institutions are non-profits, Florida-based and (like Florida’s public universities and community colleges) accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). They serve more than 120,000 students at 180 sites around Florida. They offer bachelor degree opportunities on 18 community college campuses. Their enrollments vary from less than 100 to nearly 25,000 students. Their average class has 19 students.

These institutions are funded through student tuitions that can be paid using: federal loans; federal Pell Grants; Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and other merit scholarships; pre-paid tuition plans; need-based assistance; institution awards; scholarships from the Florida Independent College Fund; and the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG). ICUF institutions award financial aid to 85% of their students. Independent colleges or universities offer access to opportunity.


If the 28 members of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida were one university, it would have:

  • More than 128,000 students
  • Nearly 52% of students Florida residents
  • 45% of Florida students are minorities
  • 108 education sites around Florida — 36 sites on community college campuses
  • 97% of all classes with fewer than 40 students
  • Students finish bachelor degrees in 4.1 years
  • More than 17,000 bachelor degree graduates a year, 26% of Florida's total awards
  • More than 12,500 graduate and first professional degrees (doctors, lawyers, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists and podiatrists) a year,
  • Campuses with less than 100 students and campuses with nearly 25,000 students
  • Nearly all community college transfers admitted to the program they choose
  • 159 women's sports programs and 146 men's sports programs
  • Nearly 3,000 arts scholarships in music, voice, dance, theatre, art and writing
  • Nearly 800,000 alumni
  • Financial aid for more than 80% of undergraduates, averaging $7600 per student
  • Budget more than $1.3 billion
  • Received only 3% of the state's higher-education budget, but awards nearly 1/3 of all degrees.
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