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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

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Colleges in Orlando with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Architecture and related services, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 62953
  • In-State Tuition: 4478
  • Out-of-State tuition: 19810

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

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 95

Adventist University of Health Sciences
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Education, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Biological and biomedical sciences, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Seventh Day Adventists
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 1984
  • In-State Tuition: 12450
  • Out-of-State tuition: 12450

Sanford-Brown College-Orlando
6039 South Rio Grande Avenue
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Visual and performing arts, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 98
  • In-State Tuition: 13995
  • Out-of-State tuition: 13995

Concorde Career Institute-Orlando
3444 McCrory Place
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 333

Orlando Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Orange Technical College-Mid Florida Campus
2900 West Oak Ridge Road
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Construction trades, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Precision production, Transportation and materials moving, Visual and performing arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 2632

Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus
301 W Amelia Street
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Personal and culinary services, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 1495

Valencia College
1768 Park Center Drive
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Education, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Legal professions and studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 44050
  • In-State Tuition: 1984
  • Out-of-State tuition: 7933

Centura Institute
6359 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 77
  • In-State Tuition: 16200
  • Out-of-State tuition: 16200

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando
550 N Econlockhatchee Tr
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Engineering, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 128
  • In-State Tuition: 10620
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10620

Florida Technical College
12900 Challenger Parkway
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Legal professions and studies, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 4575

Everest University-North Orlando
5421 Diplomat Circle
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 307
  • In-State Tuition: 10980
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10980

Universal Technical Institute-Auto Motorcycle & Marine Mechanics Institute Division-Orlando
9751 Delegates Dr
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 2766

Everest University-South Orlando
9200 Soutpark Center Loop
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 9057
  • In-State Tuition: 10980
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10980

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando
8511 Commodity Circle
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 917
  • In-State Tuition: 14078
  • Out-of-State tuition: 14078

Southern Technical College
1485 Florida Mall Avenue
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Engineering, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Precision production, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 1254

American College for Medical Careers
5959 Lake Ellenor Lake
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 508

Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology
2309 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Visual and performing arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 140

MedTech Institute-Orlando Campus
2000 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 600

University of Phoenix-Florida
8325 S Park Circle
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Multi/interdisciplinary studies, Psychology, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Public administration and social service professions
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 2369
  • In-State Tuition: 11063
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11063

Florida Career College-Orlando
989 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 469
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