Colleges & Universities

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  • Going to college is not for everyone, but it is an option that every student should consider. Why? ...because there are so many types of colleges and college level programs available, opportunities that will suit nearly every need or interest and the various talents and abilities found among individual high school students.

    Who goes to college? Students who:

    • Wish to pursue academic studies in an intellectual environment beyond the high school level;
    • Plan to pursue a career or employment opportunity that requires college-level training and skill development;
    • Want to increase their earning potential;
    • Seek a higher quality of life for themselves and their families;
    • Wish to meet new people, explore new interests, and experience success in a college setting; and/or
    • Desire the social and/or career status and mobility often associated with a college education.


     Types of Colleges & Universities


    Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as institutions of higher education and learning have provided a haven of opportunities for African American educators, students, and graduates to achieve success, and impact lives throughout the United States and internationally. Graduates have left their marks on the culture and politics in the United States and around the globe.

    Ivy League

    Admission to these schools is highly competitive; to be accepted to these universities, students have to achieve standards that are much higher than the ones at any average public university. Before deciding to enter into the Ivy League elite education, you should check the requirements that these schools tend to demand, including test scores (SAT, GRE, LSAT), GPA, recommendations, extra-curricular activities, and other academic achievements. If you aspire to run a major corporation, hold public office in government, or have a strong advantage in research and innovation, these schools have historically been a breeding-ground for accomplished and successful students


    The State University System (SUS) of Florida is comprised of twelve universities, some with branch campuses and centers in different areas of the state. The SUS is committed to providing educational opportunities of the highest quality for the state’s residents. All twelve public universities offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees, although two offer limited advanced degree offerings. New College of Florida is an honors college that offers an individually oriented Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in a variety of disciplines.  For a complete listing of state universities, please visit

    State University System (SUS) Minimum Admissions Requirements Admission into Florida’s public universities is competitive. Acceptance is determined by enrollment limitations and the qualifications of the freshmen applicant pool. Prospective students should complete a rigorous curriculum in high school and apply to more than one university to increase their chance for acceptance.

    To qualify to enter one of Florida’s public universities, a first-time-in-college student must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • High school graduation with a standard diploma
    • Admission test scores
    • 16 credits of college preparatory academic courses – see Bright Futures requirements (FAS and FMS)
    • 2 approved electives

    The university calculates the high school GPA using a 4.0 scale from grades earned in high school academic core courses (additional weights may be assigned for grades in AP, dual enrollment, honors, IB diploma program, AICE program, and other advanced courses). Although the potential for academic success is primary, many other factors may be considered in reviewing a student’s application for admission. These may include, but are not limited to, a combination of test scores and GPA that indicates potential for success, improvement in high school record, family educational background, socioeconomic status, graduation from a low-performing high school, graduation from an IB program, geographic location, military service, special talents or abilities, or other special circumstances.

    For more information on individual Florida public universities, visit universities.

    A SUS Matrix is released each year from the Board of Governors.  This matrix will give students a snapshot of past enrollment history for the university, including mean GPA and test scores of admitted students.  For a look at the latest SUS Matrix, go here: SUS Matrix

    SEAMLESS TRANSITION WITHIN FLORIDA FLORIDA’S 2+2 SYSTEM: Florida’s 2 + 2 Articulation System Florida is nationally recognized for its highly effective articulation between and among institutions. Students can begin their postsecondary studies at a Florida college and, after earning a 2-year associate degree, transfer to a 4-year degree program at a state university, a Florida college that offers 4-year programs, or a private university. Students who choose to transfer to a state university are guaranteed admission, although not necessarily to the university or program of their choice. About 40% of juniors and seniors in the state universities began their postsecondary studies at a Florida college.

    Florida State College System

    The Florida College System offers career-related certificates and two-year associate degrees that prepare students to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program or to enter jobs requiring specific skills. Many also offer baccalaureate degrees in high-demand fields. Florida College System institutions have an open door policy. This means that students who have earned a standard high school diploma, have earned a high school equivalency diploma, or have demonstrated success in postsecondary coursework will be admitted to an associate degree program. Students earning a College Placement Test-Eligible Certificate of Completion will be admitted to an associate degree program upon completing a college placement test but are not eligible for federal financial aid. Florida’s 28 public colleges are open-access institutions. They offer high school general equivalency diploma (GED®) preparation, adult basic education, as well as certificate, associate and bachelor degree programs. Certificate and degree programs offered at Florida College System institutions range from auto mechanics to nursing to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree, which guarantees transfer to Florida’s public colleges and universities. In addition to two-year degrees, many colleges now offer baccalaureate degrees in areas that meet local workforce needs such as nursing, teaching, management and technology. Students who plan to pursue an associate or baccalaureate degree will need to earn a standard high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 reinstated the “Ability to Benefit” provision; however, a student must be enrolled in an eligible career pathway program to be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. Students without a standard high school diploma or its equivalent should be advised accordingly. Students are not required to earn a minimum high school GPA or SAT/ACT score in order to be admitted. While some colleges within the system have dropped “community” from their name and others have added “state,” all colleges retain their open-door admissions policy for students seeking an associate degree. The Florida College System includes 28 colleges with 68 campuses and approximately 2,000 other service delivery centers. For a listing of Florida College System Institutions, please visit

    Broward Technical Colleges

    Broward has three technical collges with a wide variety of programs.  For a complete listing go to This is your chance to enhance your professional future and achieve higher earning power. At Broward Technical Colleges, we make it easy to get a high quality education at an affordable cost.

    Broward College Jumpstart

    For more information on Jumpstart, contact your high school BRACE Advisor

    • Make the college enrollment process easier and more enjoyable for you.
    • Get a jumpstart on college 
    • Enroll in classes for summer or fall
    • Complete the required New Student Orientation now 
    • GOAL: Become a Broward College student!


    College-bound student athletes will need to meet more rigorous academic rules to be eligible to play at a NCAA Division 1 or 2 college or university. For information on the rules, visit

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