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Central Florida College and University Options

Jul 28, 2020

Using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we'll be looking at the colleges within Central Florida based on their campus settings, student populations, net prices, and graduation rates.

Central Florida Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the colleges set in large cities in Florida are located in the northern or southern parts of the state. The most urban campuses found in central Florida are set in midsize cities, with a few smaller city options as well. Here are five schools set in more urban campuses within Central Florida:

  • Keiser University-Orlando (Orlando)
  • Orange Technical College (Orlando)
  • Valenica College (Orlando)
  • Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach)
  • Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)

Largest Schools in Central Florida

The presence of Orlando in central Florida gives the region a couple of very well-populated college options, with smaller cities providing more medium-sized populations as well. The five biggest schools in the region are:

  • University of Central Florida (68,475 students)
  • Valencia College (46,521 students)
  • Seminole State College of Florida (18,104 students)
  • Daytona State College (13,737 students)
  • Saint Leo University (11,808 students)

Net Price

The NCES calculates an average net price for attending a college by subtracting average financial aid and scholarship amounts from the total cost of attendance for undergraduates (tuition, fees, books, room and board). For the 2018-2019 year, the lowest net prices around central Florida were:

  • Valencia College ($4,484)
  • Lake Technical College ($7,442)
  • Daytona State College ($7,732)
  • Withlacoochee Technical Institute ($8,933)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are based on 150% of the time students typically require to complete their program of study. Looking only at rates applying to full-time undergraduate students in 2018, the best graduation rates in Central Florida go in this order:

  • Lake Technical College (74%)
  • University of Central Florida (72%)
  • Withlacoochee Technical Institute (66%)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach (62%)

Students will find a somewhat limited selection of schools in Central Florida, though there are a few solid options located in and around Orlando and Daytona Beach, as well as some smaller cities.

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