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]|
|Ave Maria University||Naples|
|Barry University||Fort Myers|
|Eckerd College||St. Petersburg|
|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|