A wide range of colleges and universities serve Greater Fort Lauderdale, including both state and private-sector institutions offering associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs. More than 40 institutions offer associate's degrees or higher within 30 miles of Fort Lauderdale, including eleven with MBA degrees. Many institutions also offer certificate or custom training programs that focus on workforce development and the needs of Broward employers. Broward’s post-secondary institutions feature state-of-the-industry equipment, an informed and skilled faculty and accommodating facilities with flexible class schedules compatible with student and employer requirements.
Here are profiles of several leading colleges and universities.
Ana G. Mendez University System
The Ana G. Mendez University System features an accelerated dual language (English-Spanish) higher education program for adults. Its bilingual instructors teach a curriculum that is presented 50 percent in English and 50 percent in Spanish, ensuring that graduates will have developed advanced skills in both languages. Bilingual professionals graduate with bachelor or master’s degrees in several professional areas including management, human resources, accounting, finance and criminal justice.
Broward College is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Greater Fort Lauderdale, serving more than 68,000 students annually. With campuses throughout the region, it is the principal provider of undergraduate higher education for county residents, while attracting scholars from throughout the U.S. and more than 175 nations. It offers a dynamic learning environment with campus-based and online educational and career programs, including certifications, associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as technical and occupational training. Recent highlights:
- Broward College graduates make more money their first year of employment than those completing the same degrees at other schools, according to a recent study, “Labor Market Experiences After Postsecondary Education” by the State of Florida and College Measures.
- Broward College ranks third in the U.S. in awarding associate degrees to minority students overall – fourth in African American graduates and sixth in Hispanic degree-holders.
- The college recently hosted its first 24-hour “hackathon” for code-writing students from Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and other institutions located in Broward.
- Broward College received a $24.5 million grant to lead a consortium of 13 schools in developing and training future supply chain managers.
With two locations in Greater Fort Lauderdale, DeVry University helps students prepare for workplace challenges by bringing the real world into the classroom, enabling them to receive an education that can lead to meaningful career success. Students may select from associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the university’s Colleges of Business & Management, Engineering & Information Science or Media Arts & Technology at either local campus and/or online. DeVry University was ranked among "Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs" by U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Florida Atlantic University's Davie campus offers more than 40 “2+2” programs in partnership with Broward College. The two institutions share the same campus, which is home for the innovative Teaching & Leadership Center. FAU places a high priority on offering the complete upper-division portion of high-demand undergraduate programs, and is sensitive to the needs of students of nontraditional ages and culturally diverse backgrounds. Graduate programs in education, public administration, and business are available on the Davie campus as well. FAU's Dania Beach campus, also known as SeaTech, serves as a research and educational center for programs in ocean engineering. It is headquarters for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center. Recent highlights:
- FAU was ranked as the top-performing public university in the state by the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.
- FAU's College of Business MBS in Sport Management program is among the best in the world and first in Florida, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness International.
- FAU has been named to Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings for the fifth year in a row.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which provides more than 125,000 students with a practical, student-centered education online and in classrooms at more than 70 campuses across the U.S. and in Europe. Kaplan is one of the largest for-profit providers of post-secondary education in the U.S. It offers a spectrum of academic opportunities in over 100 programs from certificates and undergraduate degrees to graduate, professional and law degrees. Kaplan’s varied programs include business, criminal justice, fashion design and graphic arts, health care, information technology and paralegal studies. Recent highlights:
- Ranked among "Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs" by US News & World Report, 2015.
- More than 9,000 students are active military, veterans, or military spouses or dependents.
Founded in 1977, Keiser University is a leading statewide provider of career-focused, post-secondary education. Students benefit from the school’s philosophy of a practical, hands-on approach to education, with small class sizes ensuring a more personal learning experience. Classes are offered during the day, evening and online to accommodate students’ schedules. Keiser offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in high demand, career-related fields such as business, information technology, health care, biotechnology, culinary arts, education, and legal studies. Recent news:
- Approximately 62 percent of Keiser University students graduate in the science, technology, engineering, math, (STEM) and health care fields.
- After finalizing its acquisition of Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Keiser now has 21 campuses in Florida.
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
Nova Southeastern University is the nation’s ninth largest independent university with 24,000 students, more than 172,000 alumni, a sprawling 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus, regional locations around Florida and the Caribbean, and a presence in nine countries around the world. NSU awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, graduate, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. Classified as a university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU offers 150 degree programs including arts and sciences, education, health professions, law, and business and entrepreneurship. Recent highlights:
- NSU scientists are using more than $82 million in externally provided funding for interdisciplinary research projects in health care, biotechnology, life sciences, environment and social sciences.
- NSU provides cultural enrichment to the community through the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, the Miniaci Performing Arts Center and academic programs in the performing and visual arts.
- NSU's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the NCAA's Sunshine State Conference.
- The College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched a Master of Science in Nutrition degree program, adding to the university’s array of healthcare degree options.