Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Univerities of North Florida

Florida State University
For a state normally thought of as a tourist attraction and retirement destination, Florida has a great deal of higher education going on. Take for instance the fact that the state run university system boasts 12 fully accredited universities and almost half of those are in North Florida. Then there are the private universities, of which there are 4 (in NF) and those are just the universities. On top of that Florida has state-wide, 28 community and state colleges, 21 Trade and Tech institutions, 30 private universities and colleges, and 35 religiously-affiliated institutions. That equals a total of 126 higher learning institutions in the state. The vast majority of these have visually stunning campuses and are worth a visit, just to see the grounds if nothing else!
State Universities in North Florida:
University of Florida, Gainesville
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida State University, Tallahassee
University of North Florida, Jacksonville
Florida A & M University, Tallahassee
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Private Universities in North Florida:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville
Stetson University, Deland
Webster University, Ocala

Just a little trivia, my grandfather went to U of F and was on the football team. My father and mother went to FSU and met at a car rally there.  I once got to see Steve Martin LIVE at Stetson University!
Stetson University

Jacksonville State University

University of Florida

University of North Florida

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  1. Wow! Such grand and majestic seats of education! Awesome!
    Co-Host AJ's wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2015

  2. Anonymous3:24 AM

    One of the highlights of our visits to Florida was the commencement ceremony.of my great-granddaughter (long story - don't ask). I had no idea what it was until I looked it up. I imagined something called a commencement would involve something starting, not finishing.
    My own schooling having been at a grammar school in England which, with 400 pupils spread over seven years, we thought to be rather large, you can no doubt imagine how I felt to be at the graduation of a single class of significantly more than that number.

  3. I have to say, from the photos, Florida State looks the most impressive :). I went to a red brick university in Canterbury so our campus was not much to look at really when it came to architecture. Went back recently and they have done parts of it up really nicely.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  4. After braving Iowa winters growing up, I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. :)

  5. Simply stunning photos. Who knew education could be so pretty!

  6. Didn't know Florida was so full of higher learning establishments. Those are quite some buildings. The Uni of North Florida is extremely modern. You didn't say, where did you go? Or did you skip that part?

    1. Go figure, I went to Miami-Dade! In South Florida!

  7. So where do students in Florida Universities go for spring break?

    1. Those on the west coast go to the east, those on the east coast go to the west!

  8. Such beautiful buildings - how do the students concentrate in class!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

  9. I bet there are a lot of high school kids with Florida as their dream state to attend college. Looks beautiful.

  10. My daughter is nearing college age.
    I just want to hide under a rock. >.<

  11. Steve Martin - wow!
    That last building is really cool.

  12. Hmm, going to college in Florida...why didn't I think of that? I grew up in Illinois and hated the winters.

  13. The architecture is amazing on these campuses.

  14. Oh to be in Florida right now...I am snowed here yesterday! I like the picture of Stetson U because it looks like people need to choose a path but which one? The next pixture almost looks like something I have seen in films but it could be just me-Love the colour in that picture

  15. Those buildings really look awesome. And that Stetson University shot. Wow.

  16. When we first married, home was in Rockledge/Viera (close to Melbourne) and it's where I was first introduced to the whole support your school team.... Floridians really, really like supporting their schools/universities... it was fun to watch... even if I had no clue what was going on :)

  17. These are amazing campuses!

  18. Hi Lisa - what a great range of universities ... and such a great idea to take to visiting the campuses - some of them appear to be stunning .. interesting about your family not appearing to leave their State ... then you marrying a French man and copping the whole thing up!! Still you get the best of both worlds .. travel to France and the in-laws ..

    Cheers Hilary

  19. Beautiful buildings. Florida State University looks so grand. Thanks for sharing.
    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

  20. I'm actually going to a University of Florida graduation this upcoming weekend. It's a little funny because I graduated from UGA and my husband from GA Tech so aren't we basically FSU's enemies come football season? It will be fun though. We're planning a mini trip to the beach afterward. YAY!


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