Florida is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. Many people want to spend time in the Sunshine State, including college students. Here are the top reasons to consider Florida universities for your education.
1. Warm weather during the winter months.
When the Northeast is knee-deep in the fifth snowstorm of the winter, chances are Floridians will be visiting the beach in their shorts, tank tops and bathing suits.
“Cold” in Florida is still generally t-shirt weather and the beaches are beautiful even in January. You won’t have to shovel snow or rake leaves and scarves are a fashion accessory rather than a way to keep out icy winds.
2. The variety of landscapes.
Florida isn’t just all beaches – there are woods, hiking trails, lakes and many other scenic locations that can satisfy the need for different kinds of activities and destinations. From Walt Disney World to Miami Beach, the state is big enough to encompass any kind of warm-weather wish you could have while attending one of Florida’s universities. Florida Tech even has it’s own, on-campus, botanical garden.
3. It’s close to NASA.
Cape Canaveral is home to NASA and the U.S. space program because of its location close to the equator. You may value the opportunities that being close to NASA can offer, especially if you’re interested in science and technology. Many students from Florida Tech are offered internships – and employment with NASA.
4. It has a great sports teams.
From the Miami Dolphins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, great sporting events abound. The Miami Heat won NBA championships in both 2012 and 2013 and the state even has two professional ice hockey teams – the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightening. College sports are also extremely popular, so no matter where Florida universities are based, you can enjoy supporting the team.
5. Three words: key lime pie.
All throughout the state, diners and restaurants offer key lime pie made from key limes grown in Florida. Every one of them claims to have the “best” key lime pie, which is generally made from egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. As you explore the state, you can try this delicious dessert out for yourself.
6. The Everglades ecosystem.
Florida’s Everglades represents the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America. There are more types of animals and plants in Florida than any other state, and a large number of them are located in the Everglades.
7. Low taxes.
Florida has no state income tax, so if you live there, you won’t have to give up any of your work study earnings to the state government. Cost of living is also pretty reasonable. Who knows? You may decide to come to Florida for college and end up living there on a more permanent basis.
Florida has 28 public colleges on 68 campuses, employing over 45,000 people to teach over 800,000 students each year. Florida Institute of Technology is located in Melbourne, close to Cape Canaveral, with beaches and waterways nearby. Learn more about undergraduate admissions to find out whether FIT is right for you.