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Lake Mary, Florida (FL) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 2 schools in Lake Mary, there are many schools located within a 15-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest net cost, to find the school for you.

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School Ranking Overview

Lake Mary may have a limited number of schools, but its close proximity to Orlando affords prospective students the opportunity to still attend school in the area. The schools in Lake Mary, Orlando and other towns in a 15-mile radius include four-year private institutions, four-year public universities, and two-year technical colleges. This article focuses on several of these schools and how they rank in these four categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

Lake Mary only has 2 postsecondary schools, but there are about 27 additional postsecondary options within a 15-mile radius of the city. However, the majority of these schools are either for-profit postsecondary schools and/or schools that specialize in specific fields of study. After eliminating for-profit and specialty schools, students can choose from about 5 colleges and universities that offer a variety of programs. To find out which of these 5 schools have the broadest range of programs, read the following summaries.

1 - University of Central Florida (UCF)

This public university in Orlando offers approximately 134 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). According to UCF, the school is at the forefront in several academic and research areas, like optics, business administration, sciences, digital media, and hospitality management. The school also recently added a College of Medicine.

One associate's program is available at UCF. The program is offered in liberal studies, and the NCES reported that 316 students graduated from this program in 2011-2012. The school also awarded 11,514 bachelor's degrees, and the most popular major was general psychology. Business was the most popular discipline for the 2,392 graduates of master's programs. There were also 266 students who earned doctorates in 2011-2012, and education and physical therapy were the most popular study areas. Of the 21 postgraduate certificates that were awarded, 12 were in school psychology.

2 - Seminole State College of Florida

Sanford is home to this 4-year public college that offers around 68 programs, according to the NCES. The college reported that for the past 10 years, graduation rates for its AA and AS degree programs and certificate programs have been higher than the state average. The school also offers a limited number of bachelor's programs.

The majority of awards conferred during 2011-2012 were at the associate's level - 2,811 in total, and 2,280 in liberal arts, according to the NCES. Certificates were the second most conferred award, and business administration and emergency medical technology were the most popular study areas. Of the 17 bachelor's degrees awarded, all were in interior design.

3 - Valencia College

Also a 4-year public college, Valencia College is based in Orlando and has about 56 programs, according to the NCES. While the school offers the majority of its programs at the certificate and associate's levels, 2 bachelor's programs are available in electrical, electronic, and communications engineering technology, as well as medical radiologic technology. Students who plan to earn associate's degrees from Valencia may be interested in participating in the DirectConnect to UCF program, which helps them transition to 4-year programs at UCF after earning associate's degrees.

NCES data from the 2011-2012 school year showed that there were 7,974 associate's degree graduates, and 6,602 of them studied liberal arts. Of the 4,055 certificates awarded, business administration, executive assisting, and computer technology were the most popular fields of study. No bachelor's degrees were awarded during this school year.

Lowest Net Price

The average net prices calculated by the NCES can help students compare the affordability of Lake Mary-area colleges and universities. These figures are found by taking the total cost of attendance for first-time, full-time students and subtracting the cost of scholarship or grant aid. Four of the 5 nonprofit, traditional postsecondary schools near Lake Mary had 2011-2012 net prices around $13,000 or below, according to the NCES.

1 - Seminole State College of Florida

According to the NCES, this school had a 2011-2012 net price of $7,826. During this school year, 1,988 full-time, first-time students received some sort of financial aid, and 1,704 of these students were awarded grant or scholarship aid averaging $4,668. In 2012-2013, the NCES reported that in-state tuition and fees were $3,131, and out-of-state tuition and fees were $11,456. Another $1,430 was estimated for books and supplies, and off-campus room and board costs were approximately $6,464. These rates reflect a 0% change from the 2011-2012 school year.

2 - Valencia College

A 2011-2012 net price of $10,064 was reported by the NCES for Valencia. Of the full-time beginning students who started in 2011-2012, 80% earned an average of $5,206 in scholarship or grant aid. In-state tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 school year were $2,378, while out-of-state tuition and fees were $9,005. Approximately $1,250 was needed for books and supplies. Off-campus room and board costs were about $9,084.

3 - Orlando Tech

At $10,285, this 2-year public school in Orlando had the third lowest 2011-2012 net price. This NCES figure was found using the total cost of attendance for the largest program, licensed practical nursing. About 77% of first-time, full-time students received grant or scholarship aid averaging $2,746. In 2012-2013, tuition and fees for the licensed practical nursing program were $3,956. The books and materials for this program were estimated to be another $940. Off-campus room and board expenses for 2012-2013 were about $19,316.

Highest Graduation Rate

One way to measure the student success rate at a particular school is to check the overall graduation rates reported by the NCES. These rates are found by calculating how many first-time, full-time students complete their degree or certificate programs within 150% of 'normal' completion time (e.g., 3 years for an associate's program or 6 years for a bachelor's program). According to NCES data, all 5 of the Lake Mary-area colleges and universities had overall graduation rates between 35% and 72%.

1 - Rollins College

This private 4-year college in Winter Park had the highest overall graduation rate. The NCES stated that 72% of the full-time, first-time students who started in fall 2006 graduated within 150% of normal time. For bachelor's-degree students who started in fall 2006, 62% of them graduated in 4 years. The retention rate for full-time, first-time bachelor's students was also reported, which can help measure student satisfaction. Among students who started in fall 2011, 84% of them returned in fall 2012, reported the NCES.

2 - University of Central Florida

The NCES reported a 65% overall graduation rate for full-time, first-students who enrolled in fall 2006. Only 35% of full-time bachelor's students who started at this time graduated within 4 years. The retention rate for full-time, first-time bachelor's-program students who started in fall 2011 and returned in fall 2012 was 88%; 70% of part-time, first-time bachelor's students were retained.

3 - Valencia College

About 41% of all full-time, first-time students who started at Valencia College in 2009-2010 completed their programs within 150% of normal time, according to the NCES. Broken down by gender, 39% of male first-time students and 42% of female first-time students completed their programs within 150% of normal time.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

A school's student-faculty ratio is one way to estimate how much individual attention students receive from their instructors. The 2 Lake Mary-area schools with the lowest student populations also had the lowest student-faculty ratios. Likewise, the 2 schools with the highest student populations had the highest student-faculty ratios. The 3 schools below had the lowest student-faculty ratios among traditional schools in the area as of 2012.

1 - Orlando Tech

Orlando Tech showed the lowest student-faculty ratio at 5:1, according to NCES data. As of fall 2012, the school had a population of 802 students. The school also employed 40 full-time faculty members and 23 part-time faculty members during this time.

2 - Rollins College

A student-faculty ratio of 10:1 was reported for Rollins College by the NCES. The college had 3,237 students in attendance as of fall 2012, and there were 216 full-time faculty members. According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly 77% of classes at Rollins had fewer than 20 students, and about 23% of classes had 20-49 students.

3 - Seminole State College of Florida

Although a significantly higher student-faculty ratio of 27:1 was reported for this college, it still came in third, according to NCES data. As of fall 2012, this college had a much higher student population than the previous 2 schools, at 19,450. During this time, Seminole State employed 204 full-time and 579 part-time faculty members.

School Name Location School Type Degrees Offered Area Ranking
Orlando Tech Orlando (14.8 miles from Lake Mary) 2-year, public Less-than-1-year, 1- to less-than-2-year, and 2- to less-than-4-year certificates Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
Rollins College Winter Park (10.7 miles from Lake Mary) 4-year, private, nonprofit Bachelor's and master's degrees Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford (4.1 miles from Lake Mary) 4-year, public Less-than-1-year, 1- to less-than-2-year, and 2- to less-than-4-year certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees Lowest Net Price,
2nd Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
University of Central Florida Orlando (13.2 miles from Lake Mary) 4-year, public Associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Valencia College Orlando (14.8 miles from Lake Mary) 4-year, public Less-than-1-year and 1- to less-than-2-year certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees 2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
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