The Sunshine State College Tour

Home To Great Colleges, Mickey Mouse And Warm Sunny Days

Because no artist should be a "starving artist"

Ringling College of Art & Design takes their mission seriously: shattering the myth of the “starving artist.” Located in Sarasota Florida, Ringling is a small school, approximately 1,400 students, with an intimate atmosphere where you will be blown away with the friendliness of both staff and students. The campus is pristine and spread out over 50 acres. Popular majors include Illustration, Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects, and Game Design and Interactive Media. Highly recommend for students who thrive in a smaller environment. The education and skills learned lead to careers and industry leaders. “It’s always sunny in Sarasota” and in addition to being the home of Siesta Beach, students are also immersed in a community of visual and performing art artists and all the venues, galleries, and events that go along with that. The following 3-minute video, from Ringling is a great introduction to what the school has to offer:
Admissions Sizzle


Flagler College is a small, private college located in the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. Flagler is a breath of fresh air, boasting stunning Spanish architecture, small classes often held on the sunny outdoor lawn, and nooks for curling up with a book or catching up with friends. Each student has a personalized experience, with direct access to advisors and professors. At this school, the focus is clearly centered on the needs of each student.

When they aren’t studying or in class, students walk right outside Flagler’s doors to the downtown area, which is lined with shops, cafes, historical landmarks, and plenty of photo opportunities. Students also make the trip to the beach in just minutes, giving them a place to socialize, exercise, study, and relax year-round. They even have a Surfing class for PE credit!

Flagler offers a variety of ways for students to get involved and make their passions matter. Flagler students participate in study abroad trips and athletic events (they are Division II); work directly with businesses in the community; participate in hands-on, local, environmental research; and win awards in art, design, and journalism.