Universities & Colleges offer plenty of options


At campuses throughout Central Florida, there is a wealth of knowledge, whether one seeks a degree, a career change, or just wants to sharpen job skills. Here’s a sampling of the options available:


The UCF and its 12 colleges serve 60,000 students. Located in Orlando, UCF is the nation’s second-largest university. UCF is called a “Top Up-and-Coming” national university by U.S. News & World Report, a ‘Best-value University” by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and “one of the nation’s most affordable colleges” by Forbes Magazine.

UCF is an academic and research leader in modeling and simulation, optics, computer science, nanotechnology, education, business administration, hospitality management, digital media and other disciplines. It offers 212 degree programs and recently awarded its 250,000th degree. In addition to the 1,415-acre main campus, UCF operates 9 campuses throughout Central Florida. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus is located on Universal Boulevard in the heart of one of the world’s top tourist destinations. UCF has a 45,000-seat football stadium and a 10.000-seat convocation center and hosts basketball games, commencement ceremonies, concerts and other events.

UCF College of Medicine

Part of the nation’s second largest university, the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona includes the College of Medicine and has now entered it’s sixth year with nearly 400 med students enrolled.


Full Sail is a leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment and media industries. Its 212-acre campus in Winter Park serves more than 15,700 students tackling 48 degree programs. According to their web site, “education is delivered via immersive teaching methods, both in Full Sail’s real world production studios and classrooms, as well as through our online learning environment.” Their “accelerated degree programs not only serve to get students out into the industry in half the time of traditional schools, but by using 40-hour weeks and 24-hour schedules, our programs prepare them for the tough deadlines and intense creative demands of the entertainment field.”


Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest recognized college and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s best colleges.” A comprehensive liberal arts college, Rollins provides strong and distinctive degrees and programs. The school offers 49 majors, 15 minors and a variety of interdisciplinary programs. The College’s Hamilton Holt School provides evening and weekend graduate and undergraduate programs to adults seeking professional advancement or personal enrichment.


The Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business is recognized among the nation’s top regional business schools. Among its honors: being ranked as the No. 1 “Best Colleges in the South” by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking was given for the last 10 consecutive years. Forbes and Bloomberg BusinessWeek both ranked the college as No.1 in Florida and have both consistently ranked the college in the top ten in the nation during previous years. The school offers three different affordable Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees to fit students’ lifestyles and needs.


Valencia College is the third largest of Florida’s community colleges, boasting an enrollment of 77,000 students at several campuses. Valencia College has 33 Associate in Science career programs that offer the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree or go directly into a new career with a job placement rate of 93-95 percent.

Barry University School Of Law

The Barry University School of Law is committed to providing graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to aid society through the competent and ethical practice of law. The 20-acre Orlando campus, established in 1999, is in east Orlando just off East Colonial Drive. The main campus of Barry University in Miami was founded by a Dominican Order of Catholic Nuns in 1940.


FAMU law school is the only public law school in Orlando. According to its web site, the college is affiliated with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, historically a black university where the law school dates back to 1949. The school was fully accredited since July 2009 and serves as an attractive option for law school.


FSU College of Medicine provides third- and fourth year clinical training through affiliations with local physicians, ambulatory care facilities and hospitals, such as at the Regional Medical School Campus-Orlando. Medical students work through eight different rotations in family, internal and emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery, geriatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics-gynecology.


SSC offers two-year college credit degrees and five four-year Bachelor degrees. The school also offers specialized career certificates, as well as professional development, personal enrichment and adult education courses. In all, SSC offers more than 190 degrees and programs. The college has been named 28th out of the top 100 community colleges in the U.S. for Associate Degrees awarded in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Other higher education institutions with facilities in the region include:

Other higher education institutions with facilities in the region include:
Ana G. Mendez Metro Orlando University  //  Barry University  //  Beacon College  //  Belhaven College  //  Columbia College  //  DeVry University  //  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University  //  Florida A&M College of Law  //  Florida Institute of Technology  //  Florida Southern College  //  Florida State University College of Medicine  //  Full Sail University  //  Keller Graduate School of Management  //  Keiser University  // National-Louis University //  NOVA Southeastern University  //  Polytech University  //  Stetson University  //  Troy State University  //  University of Phoenix  //  University of South Florida  //  Webster University


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