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Orlando Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Colleges in Orlando Area

As Florida's largest inland city, Orlando is one of the top tourist spots in the United States. Popular attractions include Walt Disney World, the Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios, and a slew of water parks and outdoor recreation areas geared at young families and adventurous adults.

In addition to an established tourism industry, Orlando is currently targeting growth in business services, advanced technologies, film and digital media, life sciences and healthcare, and aviation, aerospace, and defense. Known as "the happiest place on Earth," Orlando offers both a healthy and growing economy for workers and a dose of good, old-fashioned family fun.

Colleges and Schools in Orlando, Florida

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 25 colleges, universities, trade schools and career centers currently operate in the Orlando area. Included on that list is the University of Central Florida, which is one of the largest public, four-year schools in the nation, all the way down to trade schools and less-than-two-year institutions.

National Center for Education Statistics enrollment figures show that approximately 145,906 students were enrolled at Orlando colleges and schools that reported that data in 2014. Read on to learn about tuition and graduation rate, keeping in mind that the graduation rate for these schools is calculated for students who began their studies in 2009-10.

Orlando Colleges and Schools

Everest University - South Orlando

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $$13,752
  • Graduation rate: 34%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 15 career programs

Everest University in South Orlando offers a wide range of career-focused associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and Master's degrees. Enrollment included 22,535 students in 2014, and popular degree options were in nursing, medical assisting, business administration, and paralegal studies.

Florida Technical College

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $16,964
  • Graduation rate: 54%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5 bachelor's degrees, 9 associate degrees, 5 diplomas

Florida Technical College is a career-oriented technical school with a focus on preparing students for careers in computer technology, business, criminal justice, and health care. The student population included 2,977 students in 2014, and popular degrees were in allied health management, computer information science, network administration, and health information technology.

Mid Florida Tech

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $5,382
  • Graduation rate: 33%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 30 career certificate programs

With an enrollment of 1,826 students, Mid Florida Tech aims to prepare students for quick intro into the workforce. Popular certificate programs offered to students include those in advanced automotive technology, digital media and multimedia design, hotel and resort business management, and wastewater treatment technologies.

Southern Technical College

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $32,910
  • Graduation rate: 51%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 18 associate degrees, 6 bachelor's degrees, 4 diploma programs, 7 online degree programs

Southern Technical College is a private, for-profit institution that offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and diplomas in a slew of popular career fields. Meanwhile, the school also offers online degree options that can be pursued from anywhere in the state. Enrollment for both online and on-campus students was made up of 1,445 individuals in 2014.

University of Central Florida

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $6,368
  • Graduation rate: 70%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 108 undergraduate degrees, 117 graduate degrees, 112 certificates

As the largest school in the state of Florida, the University of Central Florida offers one of the widest selections of undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificate programs. As of 2014, enrollment included 60,767 students, and popular degrees were in accounting, civil engineering, computer science, nursing, and other popular disciplines.

Valencia College

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $2,474
  • Graduation rate: 44%, although another 12% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 34 Associate of Science degrees, 28 transfer plans, and numerous certificate programs

Valencia College offers students a wide range of standalone associate degrees, plus transfer programs that prepare students for the transition to a four-year school. Located in Orlando, Valencia College boasted an enrollment of 43,217 students in 2014. Popular degree programs that year were in fields such as criminal justice, health care, business administration, and paralegal studies.

Facts for Students of Orlando Colleges and Schools

Economics

With plenty of economic activity and opportunities for entertainment and family fun, Orlando has become a popular place for young families. A low median housing value of just $165,800 through 2013 also makes this city an excellent place to build a future. Meanwhile, a relatively high level of educational attainment makes Orlando popular with employers. Through 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 32.9 percent of Orlando adults held at least a bachelor's degree.

Demographics

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Orlando had a population of 262,372 in 2014. Only 18.2 percent of Orlando's population was foreign-born in 2013, yet 32.5 percent spoke a language other than English at home. In 2013, 19.2 percent of Orlando's population lived below the poverty level, which is higher than the state average of just 16.3 percent that year.

Fun Facts

In addition to its theme parks and tourist attractions, the Orlando area is also home to more than 100 lakes. Add to that over 100 parks and 21 community centers and you'll see why Orlando is the perfect place to enjoy life and raise a family.

Sources:

  1. City of Orlando Official Website, http://www.cityoforlando.net/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. Fun Facts, City or Orlando Official Website, http://www.cityoforlando.net/blog/40-fun-orlando-facts/
  4. Industries, Orlando Economic Development Commission, http://www.orlandoedc.com/Industries.aspx
  5. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Orlando, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/1253000.html

Featured Colleges in the Orlando Area (QuickSchools™)

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South University


Orlando, FL

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Liberal Arts
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Florida College of Natural Health


Maitland, FL

Prepare for a Career in Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry, or Skin Care!

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

American College for Medical Careers


Orlando, FL

Pursue your education with American College for Medical Careers.

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

Keiser University Campus


Orlando, FL

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.

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

Universal Technical Institute


Orlando, FL

At UTI, you won’t just train for a career. You’ll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you’ll get at UTI will put you on the fast track to a rewarding career as a professional technician.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • 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

Southern Technical College


Orlando, FL; Sanford, FL

Get the hands-on training you need for career success at Southern Technical College.

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

City College


Altamonte Springs, FL

City College of Florida is focused on providing the best in business and career education.

  • Program Categories: Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate

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

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
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Orlando Colleges with Open Admissions

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

Audio Recording Technology Institute
4525 Vineland Rd Ste 201B
Orlando, FL 32811-7231

  • Programs: recording arts tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 78 students, 85 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Centura Institute
6359 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32810

  • Programs: medical assistant, computer networking, legal assistant, medical office management, massage therapy, various nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 97 students, 119 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Mid Florida Tech
2900 West Oak Ridge Road
Orlando, FL 32809

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: fire-fighting, security and loss prevention, EMT paramedic, construction trades, truck and bus driver, electrician, automobile mechanics, chef training
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 2,910 students, 2,788 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Orlando Tech
301 W Amelia Street
Orlando, FL 32801-1197

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: child care provider, child care management, nursing assistant, health unit coordinator, licensed practical nurse, medical lab assistant, accounting technology, apparel and textile courses
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 1,079 students, 694 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville in Orlando
1636 W Oakridge Rd
Orlando, FL 32809-3908

  • Programs: court reporting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 208 students, 68 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Valencia Community College
190 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business management, EMT paramedic, registered nursing, computer systems tech, criminal justice and police, executive secretary, corrections
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 32,870 students, 23,568 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Colleges in Orlando with Selective Admissions

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

Florida College of Integrative Medicine
7100 Lake Ellenor Dr
Orlando, FL 32809-5721

  • Programs: acupuncture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 134 students, 332 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.

Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

  • Programs: registered nursing, radiographer, occupational therapist assistant, sonography and ultrasound tech, nuclear medical tech, health service and sciences, general studies, nurse anesthetist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,207 students, 2,133 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 199 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: psychology, liberal arts and sciences, elementary school teaching, hospitality management, criminal justice and safety, registered nursing, business, finance
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 48,398 students, 42,534 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 10,098 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 530-630. Math: 550-640. Writing: 510-600.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
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Altamonte Springs Colleges 2 41,200 537  
Casselberry Colleges 2 22,629 383  
Longwood Colleges 1 13,745 96  
Sanford Colleges 2 38,291 12,745  
Winter Garden Colleges 1 14,351 866  
Winter Park Colleges 5 24,090 11,114 1,251

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