Tampa Bay’s commitment to excellence in education produces a well-trained workforce for employers. There are opportunities for learners of all ages seeking degrees and technical certifications.
For families with K-12 students, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties have public schools that exceed Florida averages in the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), National Merit Scholar standings, and per-pupil spending. There are also more than 300 independent private K-12 schools in the area. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is a national model for K-12 education.
The International Baccalaureate program is offered at ten area high schools, and many magnet schools at all grade levels have specialized academic offerings. There are also numerous outstanding independent K-12 schools, including Berkeley Preparatory, Carrollwood Day School, and Tampa Preparatory, as well as nearly 150 religious-affiliated and non-denominational private schools and academies.
Adult students can choose to attend one of many major colleges, universities, technical and trade schools. Tampa Bay is home to a respected medical school, top-ranked law school, private national liberal arts college, and several graduate schools.
The University of South Florida has more than 48,000 students across its main campus in Tampa and three other regional locations. It has become one of the largest public universities in the nation and holds the distinction of being a top-tier research institution. USF offers 200 majors and degree programs in every field from business to arts and sciences, engineering and public health.
Situated along the waterfront in downtown Tampa, The University of Tampa is a private institution offering 120 majors and minors, and its MBA is one of the largest in Florida. Also near downtown is the Tampa Law Center of the Stetson University College of Law. Hillsborough Community College has multiple locations across Tampa Bay and proves an array of business, technical, and health sciences programs. Saint Leo University just north of Tampa has a center at MacDill Air Force Base and has been recognized as one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities.