State University System of Florida

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State University System of Florida

Seal of the State University System of Florida
Type Public University System
Established 1905
Endowment $3.5 billion (2014-15)
Chancellor Marshall Criser III
Students 341,000 (2015)
Location Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Campus 12 Member Institutions

The State University System of Florida (SUS, or SUSF out-of-state) is a system of twelve public universities in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2015, over 341,000 students were enrolled in Florida's state universities.[1] Together with the Florida College System, which includes Florida's 28 community colleges and state colleges, it is part of Florida's system of public higher education. The system, headquartered in Tallahassee,[2] is overseen by a Chancellor and governed by the Florida Board of Governors.

The Florida Board of Governors was created in 2003 to centralize the administration of the State University System of Florida. Previously, Florida's State University System had been governed by the Florida Board of Regents (1965–2001) and the Florida Board of Control (1905–1965).

History and governance

Prior to 1905, Florida's state institutions were governed by a Board of Education and even earlier variations thereof, reaching back to the Florida Constitution of 1838 wherein higher education and normal education was established, based on grants of land from the U.S. Congress. From 1905 to 1965, the few universities in the system were governed by the Florida Board of Control. The Board of Control was replaced by the Florida Board of Regents in 1965, to accommodate the growing university system. The Board of Regents governed until it was disbanded by the Florida Legislature in 2001, and its authority was divided between the Florida Board of Education (which was given some authority over all levels of public education in the state), and appointed university boards of trustees, which operated independently for each separate institution. In 2002, Floridians led by U.S. Senator Bob Graham passed an amendment to the Florida Constitution establishing a new statewide governing body, the Florida Board of Governors.

Member institutions

Institution Location Established
Florida A&M University Tallahassee 1887
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton 1961
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers 1991
Florida International University Miami 1965
Florida Polytechnic University Lakeland 2012
Florida State University Tallahassee 1851A
New College of Florida Sarasota 1960
University of Central Florida Orlando 1963[3]
University of Florida Gainesville 1853A
University of North Florida Jacksonville 1972
University of South Florida Tampa 1956
University of West Florida Pensacola 1963

^A In 1851, the Florida legislature voted to establish two seminaries of learning: West Florida Seminary (which later became Florida State University) and East Florida Seminary (which later became the University of Florida).[4] In 1905, when the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in Florida, the three resulting state institutions all adopted 1905 as their founding date. In 1935 the Florida Board of Control changed the founding dates of UF and Florida State to the years their predecessor Seminaries opened: 1853 and 1857, respectively. In 2000, Florida State declared 1851 to be its founding date, reflecting the date the legislature authorized both seminaries. In 1836, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the University of Florida.[5]

SUS Student Enrollment
Year Students
1905 620
1910 835 +35%
1915 1,341 +61%
1920 1,882 +40%
1925 3,688 +96%
1930 4,655 +26%
1935 5,550 +19%
1940 6,395 +15%
1945 7,020 +10%
1950 19,015 +171%
1955 19,847 +4%
1960 27,053 +36%
1965 43,849 +62%
1970 73,676 +68%
1975 115,334 +57%
1980 128,578 +11%
1985 146,692 +14%
1990 179,775 +23%
1995 208,493 +16%
2000 240,753 +15%
2005 287,375 +19%
2010 321,503 +12%
2011 329,737 +3%
2012 334,989 +2%
2013 337,750 +1%
2014 341,044 +1%

See also


  1. "System Accountability Report Summary" (PDF).
  2. "Contact Us." State University System of Florida. Retrieved on August 26, 2011. "Florida Board of Governors State University System 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614 Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0400"
  3. "Facts About UCF". UCF Office of Institutional Research. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  4. "Timeline". The Florida Memory Project. State Library and Archives of Florida. 1851. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  5. Klein, Barry (July 29, 2000). "FSU's age change: history or one-upmanship?". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  6. "State University System of Florida | Board of Governors : Resources". Retrieved 2014-08-23.
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