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East Coast Colleges with School Overviews

Ranging from public to private, there are hundreds of post-secondary schools on the East Coast, making the possibilities seem endless. See how four of these schools compare to find the right fit for you.

School Ranking Overview

The East Coast has a plethora of options to offer prospective students seeking to advance their educational credentials. This guide will review the four schools with the highest enrollment rates. The top three out of four will be ranked in the following:

  • Program Variety
  • Net Price
  • Graduation Rate
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Program Variety

Having a large variety of programs gives students the chance to explore a multitude of majors to choose from. Of the four schools used for this review, these three have the most program variety:

1. University of Central Florida

Situated in Orlando, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has the greatest program variety, offering their students 134 different academic disciplines. Students have the opportunity to enroll in a large assortment of programs, including biotechnology and business administration.

2. Miami Dade College

Located in northern Miami, is Miami Dade College with 131 distinct academic programs. Some of the majors available to students at this school include marketing, massage therapy, and music technology.

3. Liberty University

Liberty University allows its students to pursue their academic interests in 90 distinct disciplines. Situated in the small city of Lynchburg, this school provides majors in biology, English language and literature, and mathematics, to name a few.

Net Price

Students should always consider the cost of attendance before enrolling at an institution. Thankfully, the NCES College Navigator provides the average net price paid by students for the 2013-2014 school year, allowing prospective applicants to estimate the costs they will incur. Listed below are the three schools with the lowest average net price:

1. Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College ranks first in this category with an average net price of $8,606 for its students. To help with the cost of college, 81% of their first-year, full-time students utilized some form of financial aid.

2. Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) students paid an average net price of $8,898. Within the suburb of Annandale, 38% of all NVCC students received some sort of grant or scholarship to help reduce the cost of attendance.

3. University of Central Florida

Ranking third in this category is the University of Central Florida with an average net price of $14,745. To help ease the cost of enrollment, 44% of all first-year, full-time students received an institutional grant or scholarship.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates help prospective scholars gauge how determined a university is to seeing that its students can complete their academic programs. Listed below are the three schools with the highest graduation rates, based on statistics from the NCES, for 2013-2014 academic year:

1. University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida has a graduation rate of 70%, placing them at the top of this ranking. The graduation rate for this school could be even higher, as only 45% of this university's students could participate in the survey.

2. Liberty University

Second in this ranking is Liberty University with a graduation rate of 50%. The university is also seeing a majority of their first-year students return for their second year of instruction, registering a retention rate of 69%. It is important to note that with this university also, only a small percentage (30%) of students fit the criteria to participate in the NCES survey.

3. Miami Dade College

With a graduation rate of 31%, Miami Dade College ranks third within this category. Like the two previous schools on this list, the percentage presented is not entirely accurate for the university, as only 59% of their students qualified for the survey.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Universities with smaller class sizes can offer their students a more intimate learning environment. Outside of the classroom, a low student-to-faculty ratio can give students a better chance to meet with instructors, to get any additional help that they may need. Of the four East Coast schools considered, these are the three with the lowest student-to-faculty ratios:

1. Liberty University

Liberty University has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. This university employs 2,812 full and part-time faculty members to assist its 81,459 students. This school also has 75 graduate assistants that can lend a helping hand.

2. Miami Dade College

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1, Miami Dade College can provide medium class sizes for its 66,046 students. Miami Dade College staffs 2,684 faculty members to help students achieve their scholastic goals.

3. Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24:1, which places it third in this ranking. With 2,707 faculty members on hand to assist their 51,487 students, NVCC is adequately staffed to provide additional assistance to students who need it.

East Coast Schools: At a Glance

School NameLocation School TypePrograms OfferedArea Ranking
Liberty University Lynchburg Private, not-for-profit Less than one year, one but less than two years, and post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #3 in Program Variety, #2 in Graduation Rate, #1 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Miami Dade College Miami Public Less than one year, one but less than two years, two but less than four years certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees #2 in Program Variety, #1 in Net Price, #3 in Graduation Rate, #2 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Public Less than one year and one but less than two years certificates; associate's degrees #2 in Net Price, #3 in Student-to-Faculty Ratio
University of Central Florida Orlando Public Post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees #1 in Program Variety, #3 in Net Price, #1 in Graduation Rate

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