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2021 Best Colleges in Florida for Students from Brazil

27 Colleges
$31,473 Avg Tuition & Fees*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, international students have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 27 schools in Florida, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Brazilian students in Florida. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the percentage of international students on campus.

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Top Colleges in Florida for Students from Brazil

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#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

Our analysis found University of Miami to be the best school for Brazilian students in Florida in this year’s ranking. University of Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Coral Gables, Florida that handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.1% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at U Miami are China, Kuwait, and Venezuela.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. U Miami did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Florida is a great place for Brazilian students in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Gainesville, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,663 students in 2018-2019.

Around 8.4% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at UF come from such countries as China, India, and South Korea.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. UF also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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A rank of #3 on our list means University of South Florida - Main Campus is a great place for Brazilian students in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 10.8% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Saudi Arabia come to USF Tampa to study.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, USF Tampa is ranked #5 for overall quality in Florida.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Out of the 27 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Florida State is a public institution located in Tallahassee, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.6% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida State are China, India, and Panama.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Florida State not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Central Florida is a great place for Brazilian students in Florida working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Orlando, Florida, and it awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 4.0% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, India, and Saudi Arabia come to UCF to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UCF also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#6

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Rollins College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.4% are international. Students studying at Rollins come from such countries as Brazil, Venezuela, and India.

Rollins also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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Florida International University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking, coming in at #7. Florida International University is a large public school located in Miami, Florida that handed out 12,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 7.6% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as China, Venezuela, and India come to FIU to study.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#8

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. Florida Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Melbourne, Florida that handed out 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 28.7% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida Tech are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

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Ringling College of Art and Design did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Sarasota, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 298 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 16.6% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as South Korea, China, and India come to Ringling College to study.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Ringling College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida list. Nova Southeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that handed out 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 5.1% are international. Students studying at NUS Florida come from such countries as Venezuela, Canada, and India.

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#11

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

With a ranking of #11, The University of Tampa did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. The University of Tampa is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Tampa, Florida that handed out 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.0% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UT are Kuwait, India, and Saudi Arabia.

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#12

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

With a ranking of #12, Florida Atlantic University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. This large public school is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and it awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.0% are international. Students from as far away as India, China, and Brazil come to FAU to study.

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#13

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. UNF is a fairly large public school situated in Jacksonville, Florida. It awarded 3,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.2% are international. Students from as far away as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Brazil come to UNF to study.

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#14

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

Stetson University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida list. Stetson University is a small private not-for-profit school located in DeLand, Florida that handed out 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 5.5% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at Stetson come from such countries as China, Canada, and Venezuela.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Stetson also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#15

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida list. Lynn University Fighting Knights is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Boca Raton, Florida. It awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 18.8% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Lynn University Fighting Knights are Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia.

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#16

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Eckerd College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking, coming in at #16. Eckerd College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Petersburg, Florida that handed out 507 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.2% are international. Students studying at Eckerd come from such countries as United Kingdom, Spain, and India.

Eckerd also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

With a ranking of #17, Jacksonville University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. JU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jacksonville, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 762 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 7.0% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at JU are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Canada.

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#18

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. Lakeland, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 737 students in 2018-2019.

Around 2.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at Florida Southern are Sweden, Canada, and Spain.

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#19

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking. UWF is a fairly large public school situated in Pensacola, Florida. It awarded 2,410 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 2.5% are international. Students from as far away as Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Japan come to UWF to study.

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#20

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking, coming in at #20. Palm Beach Atlantic is a private not-for-profit institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 541 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.2% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Palm Beach Atlantic are Bahamas, Canada, and Brazil.

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#21

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida list. FGCU is a fairly large public school situated in Fort Myers, Florida. It awarded 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.0% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at FGCU are Jamaica, Brazil, and Canada.

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#22

St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, Florida

St. Thomas University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida ranking. STU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Miami Gardens, Florida. It awarded 192 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 7.9% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at STU are China, Venezuela, and Brazil.

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#23

Barry University

Miami, Florida

Barry University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. Miami, Florida is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 697 students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 5.9% of the total student body at the school. Students studying at Barry University come from such countries as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Bahamas.

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#24

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Saint Leo University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida. St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Leo, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,050 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 2.8% of the total student population at the school is international. The top three countries sending students to study at St. Leo University are Bahamas, Jamaica, and Saudi Arabia.

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#25

Hodges University

Naples, Florida

Hodges University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Brazilian Students in Florida list. Naples, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 170 students in 2018-2019.

The top three countries sending students to study at International College are Vietnam, Brazil, and China.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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