Lakeland, Florida (FL) Colleges and Universities

Of the eight not-for-profit schools in and around Lakeland, four are public schools, and four are private schools. Learn about various aspects of these schools by comparing info pulled from the National Center of Education Statistics, including how close the schools are to the center of Lakeland, how many students are enrolled, standard course costs and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Lakeland, Florida

The six schools based in Lakeland are all within four miles of the city center. There are three schools located directly in Lakeland, so if proximity is important to you, then these might be where you look first.

  • Everest University - Lakeland (in Lakeland)
  • Florida Southern College (in Lakeland)
  • Southeastern University (in Lakeland)
  • Traviss Career Center (1.6 miles from city center)
  • Florida Polytechnic University (4.0 miles from city center)

Largest Schools Near Lakeland, Florida

A large student population offers many opportunities to students, so you might want to opt for a school with a large student body. Lakeland's largest school is Polk State College, which enrolled 10,657 students, all undergraduates, in the fall of 2015. Polk State College has over two times the students of the next largest school.

  • Southeastern University (4,538 students)
  • Florida Southern College (2,869 students)
  • Florida Polytechnic University (924 students)
  • Ridge Career Center (863 students)
  • Traviss Career Center (825 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is determined by subtracting students' average financial aid from the schools' attendance costs like tuition, fees, and books. Three of the Lakeland-area schools had a net price below $20,000 as of the 2014-2015 academic year. The following schools have the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduates in the area:

  • Traviss Career Center ($6,381)
  • Polk State College ($8,915)
  • Florida Polytechnic University ($15,261)
  • Ridge Career Center ($20,669)
  • Southeastern University ($21,342)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

Graduation rates can be an indicator of a school's success as they show what percentage of full-time undergraduates graduated within 150% of 'normal time' for their programs (i.e. three years for a two-year program). The schools below had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Ridge Career Center (97%)
  • Traviss Career Center (86%)
  • Florida Southern College (57%)
  • Everest University-Lakeland (45%)
  • Southeastern University (39%)

Your choice of school may depend on what factors are most important to you, whether it be the school's proximity to the city center, its student numbers, its net price or its graduation rates.

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