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Educational Information

Charlotte County has twenty area colleges and universities within driving distance offering undergraduate and master degree programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, nursing and medicine. Two schools, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College, are within the Charlotte County limits. Additionally, there are schools that offer associate degrees.

 The Charlotte County Public School System consists of 4 high schools, 4 middle schools, and 10 elementary schools.


Charlotte County also boasts two technical schools: Charlotte County Technical Center, ranked #8 in Community Colleges by Bankrate,  offers programs in Business and Office Technology, Health Sciences, and Service and Construction Occupations. The Charlotte Aerospace Institute at the Charlotte Technical Center is a partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Charlotte County Public Schools and is designed to enhance a student’s future success in college or professional trade schools.

Charlotte County also hosts a number of private elementary and secondary education schools. Information regarding these schools can be found at the Florida Schools Choice web site. Complete information regarding all aspects of education in the State of Florida can be found at the Florida Department of Education web site.

Charlotte County's Educational Attainment is considered high, with 19.3% of the population having a bachelor's degree or higher and 33.3% having an associates degree or some college education.


Area Colleges and Universities [back to top]
Educational Institution Location
Argosy University Sarasota
Ave Maria University Naples
Barry University Fort Myers
Eckerd College St. Petersburg
Everglades University Sarasota
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers
Florida SouthWestern State College Punta Gorda/Fort Myers
Hillsborough Community College Tampa
Hodges University Fort Myers/Naples
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine & School of Pharmacy Bradenton
Keiser University Sarasota, Fort Myers
New College of Florida Sarasota
Southwest Florida College Port Charlotte
Rasmussen College Ft. Myers/Tampa
Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota
State College of Florida Venice/Sarsota/Bradenton
St. Petersburg College St. Petersburg
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee North Port/Sarasota
University of South Florida Tampa
University of Tampa Tampa
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Charlotte, North Port among fastestgrowing areas in US
April 03, 2017 - By ANDREA PRAEGITZER   SUN CORRESPONDENT      Two of the fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas in the country include Punta Gorda/Charlotte County and North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau… more 
Entrepreneurs awarded VenturePitch SWFL cash
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Florida-Michigan alliance may attract younger folks
March 27, 2017 - By SOMMER BROKAW STAFF WRITER CHARLOTTE SUN      CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A Florida SouthWestern State College/Western Michigan University alliance may turn the tide on the area’s aging population.      New… more