State University System of Florida

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State University System of Florida
Florida Board of Governors logo.png
TypePublic University System
ChancellorMarshall Criser III
Students341,000 (2018)
Location, ,
Campus12 Member Institutions
ColorsBlue and Gold
State University System of Florida locations

The State University System of Florida (SUSF or SUS) is a system of twelve public universities in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2018, 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[edit]

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.

Term Chancellor
1954–1968 J. Broward Culpepper
1968–1975 Robert B. Mautz
1975–1980 E.T. York
1981–1985 Barbara W. Newell
1985–1998 Charles B. Reed
1998–2001 Adam W. Herbert
2001 Judy G. Hample
2003–2005 Debra D. Austin
2005–2009 Mark B. Rosenberg
2009–2013 Frank T. Brogan
2014–present Marshall Criser III
Marshall Criser IIIFrank BroganJohn DelaneyMark B. RosenbergDebra Austin (academic)Judy HampleAdam HerbertCharles B. ReedBarbara W. NewellE. T. YorkRobert B. MautzJ. Broward Culpepper

Member institutions[edit]

State University System of Florida
Institution Location Established Enrollment
Florida A&M University Tallahassee 1887[a] 10,031
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton 1961 30,808
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers 1991 15,080
Florida International University Miami 1965 58,787
Florida Polytechnic University Lakeland 2012 1,236
Florida State University Tallahassee 1851[a] 41,551
New College of Florida Sarasota 1960 838
University of Central Florida Orlando 1963 69,525
University of Florida Gainesville 1853[a] 56,567
University of North Florida Jacksonville 1972 17,002
University of South Florida Tampa 1956 51,646
University of West Florida Pensacola 1963 12,850
  1. ^ a b c In 1836, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of a University of Florida in the Florida Territory, to be located on lands reserved in both East and West Florida. 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).[3] In 1905, when the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in Florida, the three resulting state institutions (Florida, Florida State, and Florida A&M) all adopted 1905 as their founding date. In 1935 the Florida Board of Control changed the founding dates of Florida 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. Florida A&M later declared its founding date to be 1885 to reflect when its predecessor, the State Normal College for Colored Students, was founded.[4]
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%
2015 345,672 +1%
2016 352,116 +2%
2017 358,519 +2%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "System Accountability Report Summary" (PDF). Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  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. ^ "Timeline". The Florida Memory Project. State Library and Archives of Florida. 1851. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Memorial of the Trustees of the University of Florida (R.K. Call, John G. Gamble, Thomas Randall, Louis M. Goldsborough, Thos. Eston Randolph, F. Eppes, E. Loockerman, Benjamin Chaires, Turbutt R. Betton, Fitch W. Taylor, J. Loring Woart, Ashbeel Steele, J. Edwin Stewart), p. cxxiii. United States Congress. December 7, 1835. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "State University System of Florida | Board of Governors : Resources". Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Enrollment data". Retrieved May 15, 2019.

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