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 has a 60-year history of "transforming lives and enriching our diverse community through academic excellence, innovation, and meaningful career opportunities."
Broward College is continuously recognized as an institution of excellence. In 2020, the prestigious Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, for the fourth time, named Broward College as one of the Top Ten Institutions in the nation. The Aspen Institute evaluates 1,000 public community colleges nationwide for outstanding outcomes in student learning, certificate, and degree completion. Broward College has also achieved top rankings for the number of degrees conferred to minority students, campus safety, affordability, and low student debt. A 2020 report from Florida TaxWatch showed that for every dollar that a Broward College graduate spends on education, he or she could expect to earn $6.63 in additional personal income over a working career.
Since July 2018, the college has expanded its business model through the launch of Broward UP™ – UP meaning unlimited potential. Broward UP is an innovative community-centric approach to deliver workforce education courses and programs, along with career readiness and related support services for residents facing unemployment or underemployment and who want to achieve a living wage.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Florida Atlantic University is the lead state university serving Broward County with three campuses that offer upper division (junior and senior) and graduate courses in Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach. The Davie campus offers more than 30 “2+2” undergraduate degree programs in partnership with Broward College, and the two institutions share the Davie and Fort Lauderdale campuses. Graduate programs in design, education, nursing, and business, along with several professional development programs are available on the Davie campus. FAU’s Fort Lauderdale campus is part of a growing urban community and is advancing the creative economy with degree programs in Architecture and Multimedia Studies.
The campus is also home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fort Lauderdale serving seasoned adult learners in the area. The 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 and the Freight Mobility Research Institute. FAU is the most diverse institution in Florida’s State University System, with more than 50 percent of its 30,000 students classified as minority or international students. Students can select a major from more than 170 degree programs, with courses taught by over 1,000 full-time faculty members. To download FAU's 2020 Points of Pride, please click here.
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.