Private Colleges and Universities in Southwest Florida



Ave Maria School of Law
1025 Commons Circle, Naples, 239-687-5300

An independent law school in the Catholic tradition that is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, located on a 12-acre campus near the Vineyards community

Enrollment: 270
Established: Founded in Michigan in 2000, relocated to Naples in 2009
Tuition: $35,380

Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria, 239-280-2500

A private university in the Catholic tradition with a campus in the town of Ave Maria northeast of Naples offering 33 bachelor’s programs

Highest degrees: Master of Theological Studies, PhD and MA in theology

Enrollment: 1,123
Established: Founded in Michigan in 1998, relocated to Naples in 2003, permanent campus completed in 2007
Tuition: $19,970

Barry University
Sunrise Building, 12381 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste. 502, Fort Myers, 239-278-3041

The second-largest private, Catholic university in the Southeast, with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs offered in Fort Myers and online.

Highest degrees (Fort Myers): MAA, MPA, MSW

Enrollment (Fort Myers): 150
Established: 1940
Tuition and fees:  $29,850

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4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-482-0019 or 800-466-0019

2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, 239-513-1122 or 800-466-8017

A private four-year college with campuses in Collier and Lee counties, with degree programs in career-related disciplines

Highest degrees: MBA, MCJ, MCIT, MIS, MPA, MSM, MPS, MMHC
Enrolled: 2,900
Established: 1990
Tuition: $13,940

Keiser University

Keiser University has 18 campuses in Florida and offers degrees in more than 100 doctoral, specialist, master’s, bachelor’s and associate fields.

9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, 239-277-1336

Established: 1977
Tuition: $11,780

Nova Southeastern University
3650 Colonial Court, Fort Myers, 239-274-6070

Florida’s largest independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education based in Fort Lauderdale offers undergraduate, graduate, and specialist degrees at its Student Educational Center in Fort Myers.

Highest degrees: MBA, DO, JD, DBA, EdD, PhD
Enrolled: 755 in Southwest Florida
Established: 1964
Tuition: $29,930

Rasmussen College
9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Suite 100, Fort Myers, 239-477-2100

Private, regionally accredited college with a focus on business, design, education, health sciences, justice, nursing and technology, as well as professional certifications. It offers some full degrees through online courses. Past college coursework, military transcripts, course waivers, and industry certifications maximize credits and reduce overall costs.

Highest degrees (Fort Myers campus): MH, MS in Data Science, MSHR, MSN
Local enrollment: N/A
Established: 2008 in Fort Myers; 1900 in St. Paul, Minn.
Established: 1974
Tuition: Dependent on program, location

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