St. Petersburg has a branch of the state university, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This University is the only public university in Pinellas County. USF St. Petersburg opened in 1965, and as of fall 2006, enrolls over 3,900 students.
St. Petersburg College has nine separate campuses spread out throughout Pinellas County; four campuses in St. Petersburg, and one campus each in Seminole, Pinellas Park, Largo, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs serving some 65,000 students annually. The college offers bachelor degrees, associate in arts degrees and associate in science degrees, as well as certificates. You could study everything from English to learning how to calculate an SRED tax credit.
Eckerd College is a private 4-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalism, and is also located in St. Petersburg. It was founded in May 1975 by Nelson Poynter, chairman of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly bearing the name Modern Media Institute.