Several colleges and universities serve Greater Fort Lauderdale, including both state and private-sector institutions offering associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs. More than 35 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.
Here are profiles of several leading colleges and universities.
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.
Broward College was recognized as a "finalist with distinction" for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges. Broward College was selected from 1,000 public community colleges nationwide for outstanding outcomes in student learning; certificate and degree completion.
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. 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.
FAU is the most diverse institution in Florida's State University System. More than 50 percent of its 30,000 students are classified as minority or international. Students can select a major from more than 170 degree programs, with courses taught by over 1,000 full-time faculty members.
Keiser University is Florida's second largest, private, not-for-profit university, serving nearly 20,000 students at 20 Florida campuses, online, and internationally. 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 nursing, business, information technology, health care, biotechnology, culinary arts, education, and legal studies.
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 more than 150 programs, including NSU's new College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D. College). NSU is classified as a university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix provides access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their professional goals, improve the performance of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. University of Phoenix has campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Miramar.