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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|University of Central Florida||64,088||Four or more years||4,478||192|
|Orange Technical College-Mid Florida Campus||2,909||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||23|
|Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus||1,539||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||18|
|Valencia College||44,515||Four or more years||1,984||95|
|Florida College of Integrative Medicine||92||Four or more years||N/A||1|
|Centura Institute||N/A||Less than 2 years (below associate)||16,200||3|
|Concorde Career Institute-Orlando||355||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||7|
|American College for Medical Careers||535||Four or more years||N/A||8|
|Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology||186||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||3|
|University of Phoenix-Florida||1,323||Four or more years||11,979||46|
|Florida Career College-Orlando||859||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||10|
|Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Orlando||405||At least 2 but less than 4 years||14,359||4|
|Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando||N/A||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||N/A|
|MedTech Institute-Orlando Campus||N/A||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||N/A|
|Columbia College - Orlando||N/A||(Not available)||N/A||N/A|