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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

Education Institutes in Orlando
Total Number of Educational Institutes
22
Total Enrollment in all institutes
130,965
Number of Public Educational Institutes
4
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
13
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
4
Graduation Rate
13.08%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
4,360
On Campus and Online Programs in Orlando
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
N/A
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
1
Number of Institutes Offering both
21
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Orlando
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
University of Central Florida64,088Four or more years4,478192
Orange Technical College-Mid Florida Campus2,909At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A23
Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus1,539At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A18
Valencia College44,515Four or more years1,98495
Florida College of Integrative Medicine92Four or more yearsN/A1
Centura InstituteN/ALess than 2 years (below associate)16,2003
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando355At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A7
American College for Medical Careers535Four or more yearsN/A8
Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology186Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
University of Phoenix-Florida1,323Four or more years11,97946
Florida Career College-Orlando859At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A10
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Orlando405At least 2 but less than 4 years14,3594
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-OrlandoN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
MedTech Institute-Orlando CampusN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
Columbia College - OrlandoN/A(Not available)N/AN/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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