Kissimmee Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Kissimmee Colleges and Schools

Kissimmee, Florida is a city with tons to offer both in terms of recreation and higher education. With a prime destination south of Orlando, the city is known for having an endless supply of sunshine and a family-friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, those who visit the area can enjoy easy access to world class theme parks and recreational activities, options for eco-tourism, and fishing.

Because of the many educational options in the Kissimmee area, many residents are pursuing college degrees. During the 2014-15 school year there were 3,818 Kissimmee residents enrolled in graduate or college-level education.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were three Kissimmee colleges and schools in 2014, with a total enrollment of 1,032. Because of the disparity between the number of students enrolled in Kissimmee schools and the number of Kissimmee residents enrolled in college during the 2014-15 school year, it's safe to assume that some Kissimmee residents commute to schools in nearby Orlando or elsewhere, or perhaps pursue their degrees online.

Colleges in Kissimmee, Florida

Academy of Career Training - Kissimmee

  • Tuition (2014-2015): $10,950
  • Books and Supplies: $910
  • Overall Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 75%

The Academy of Career Training is a barbering and beauty school aimed at preparing locals for careers in cosmetology. By giving a solid foundation in both creative and technical beauty and barbering skills, the school prepares students for industry careers in hair, makeup, and fashion. The current roster of programs includes courses in cosmetology, barbering, skin care, nail technology, body wrapping, hair braiding and massage therapy.

Johnson University Florida

  • Tuition for (2014-2015): $14,270
  • Books and Supplies: $1,000
  • Overall Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 35%

Nestled on a 40-acre campus in Kissimmee, Johnson University boasts an enrollment of 222 students and small class sizes with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school currently offers 15 bachelor's degree programs and 3 associate degree programs, with some of their most popular including degrees in business administration, intercultural studies, musical arts and biblical studies.

Technical Education Center - Osceola

  • Tuition for (2014-2015): $4,108
  • Books and Supplies: $500
  • Overall Graduation Rate (2011-2012): 67%

As the only public, adult technical center in Kissimmee, the Technical Education Center focuses on providing training that relates directly to local careers. As a school that offers technical diplomas, the Technical Education Center offers training in fields such as health science, criminal justice, culinary arts, and human services. Popular programs include nursing assistant, home health aide, licensed practical nursing, digital design, and network support services.

Facts for Kissimmee College Students


Kissimmee's targeted industries include aeronautical employers, clean technology, manufacturing, medical specialties, and higher education. Median household income in Kissimmee was $35,541 through 2013, and the median housing value came in at $114,400.


With 64,365 residents in 2014, Kissimmee made up only a small percentage of the state's total population. Many of Kissimmee's residents have earned a high school diploma or pursued some form of higher education, however. As of 2013, 81.1 percent of Kissimmee's adults ages 25-64 held at least a high school diploma while 14.8 percent held a bachelor's degree. 45 percent of the city's adults owned a home through 2013.

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Kissimmee residents enjoy the best of both worlds -- access to Orlando's gaggle of world class parks and recreational opportunities, plus an impressive education system, a wide range of beautiful parks and outdoor areas, and a high standard of living. And with the beach just a few hours away in any direction, many would say Kissimmee is in an ideal location for both families and singles.


  1. City of Kissimmee, Florida, http://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx
  2. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Kissimmee, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/1236950.html
  3. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Featured Colleges in the Kissimmee Area (QuickSchools™)

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Keiser University Campus

Orlando, FL; Lakeland, FL

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

  • Program Categories: Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Liberal Arts
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Master

Keiser Univ. Center for Culinary Arts

Melbourne, FL; Sarasota, FL

Your Culinary Career Starts Here

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  • Degrees: Associate

National Aviation Academy

Clearwater, FL

National Aviation Academy is a nationally recognized Aviation Maintenance training school, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Our programs prepare students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate

The F.I.R.S.T. Institute

Orlando, FL

F.I.R.S.T. College offers educational programs specializing in the exciting fields of Recording Arts and Film and Video Production.

  • Program Categories: Communications and Media
  • Degrees: Diploma

Southern Technical College

Orlando, FL

Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enable graduates to obtain entry-level employment.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma

Argosy University

Sarasota, FL

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Program Categories: Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Universal Technical Institute

Orlando, FL

At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. 

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma, Certificate

Florida Career College

Orlando, FL

Train for the real-world skills that help you launch a successful technology or healthcare career with a degree, or diploma from Florida Career College.

  • Program Categories: Computers and Technology, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma

Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Casselberry, FL

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate
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Colleges in Kissimmee with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Florida Christian College
1011 Bill Beck Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34744

  • Programs: bible studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 226 students, 190 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 160 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

Kissimmee Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Technical Education Center-Osceola
501 Simpson Rd
Kissimmee, FL 34744

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: EMT paramedic, criminal justice and police, licensed practical nurse, phlebotomy, pharmacy tech, medical assistant, corrections, accounting and related services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 382 students, 595 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
Students Dorms
Orlando Colleges 23 185,951 87,981 10,297
Winter Garden Colleges 1 14,351 866  
Winter Park Colleges 5 24,090 11,114 1,251

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