Best Colleges in Orlando

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Orlando, Florida is home to unmatched education and endless entertainment

You may have visited Orlando on a Disney-themed vacation, but you'll find a lot more if you stay awhile. Orlando has more than 20 colleges and universities with a wide array of studies — even housing the 2nd largest university in the entire United States. and you can look forward to joining the industrial, technology, film and television, and healthcare industries once you're done with school. or hop on board the tourism and hospitality train, which employs nearly 250,000 local residents. With zero income taxes and a mild 6% sales tax, your hard earned dollars will go further here in Orlando.

Known as The City Beautiful, Orlando consists of thousands of swamps and lakes. If the scenery isn't enough to impress you, the theme park capital of the world has proven beyond fun. It's attracted more than 51 million tourists a year, including international guests. Spend time after class at the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, or one of the performing arts centers. or if you want to avoid the crowds, hop on an airboat and go gator watching or get some exercise biking down the West Orange Trail. or maybe dress in blue and go cheer on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Regardless of how you spend your time, you'll have a college life full of memories from a unique college experience. Bureau of Labor Statistics mydestination.com/Orlando Wikipedia, "Orlando, Florida" www.stateofflorida.com orlandoweekly.com/news

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Best Four Year Universities in Orlando

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

University of Central Florida offers 252 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 17,091 students graduated with students earning 13,669 Bachelor's degrees, 2,463 Master's degrees, 471 Associate's degrees, 470 Doctoral degrees, and 18 Certificates degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews
2 Rollins College Winter Park, FL

Rollins College offers 72 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 957 students graduated with students earning 747 Bachelor's degrees, 210 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
3 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL

Full Sail University offers 42 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 6,316 students graduated with students earning 4,199 Bachelor's degrees, 1,403 Master's degrees, 577 Certificates degrees, and 137 Associate's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
4 Florida Technical College Orlando, FL

Florida Technical College offers 39 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,676 students graduated with students earning 1,137 Certificates degrees, 423 Associate's degrees, and 116 Bachelor's degrees.

5 Johnson University Florida Kissimmee, FL

Johnson University Florida offers 8 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 59 students graduated with students earning 47 Bachelor's degrees, 12 Associate's degrees.

6 Valencia College Orlando, FL

Valencia College offers 101 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 12,504 students graduated with students earning 7,782 Associate's degrees, 4,683 Certificates degrees, and 39 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL

Adventist University of Health Sciences offers 22 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 724 students graduated with students earning 557 Bachelor's degrees, 105 Associate's degrees, 62 Master's degrees.

8 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL

Seminole State College of Florida offers 111 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 7,081 students graduated with students earning 3,996 Certificates degrees, 2,897 Associate's degrees, and 188 Bachelor's degrees.

9 University of Phoenix-Florida Orlando, FL

University of Phoenix-Florida offers 46 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,295 students graduated with students earning 955 Bachelor's degrees, 339 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

10 Beacon College Leesburg, FL

Beacon College offers 16 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 60 students graduated with students earning 37 Bachelor's degrees, and 23 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Orlando

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Golf Academy of America-Altamonte Springs Apopka, FL

Golf Academy of America-Altamonte Springs offers 1 Degree program. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 136 students graduated with students earning 136 Associate's degrees.

2 Southern Technical College - Orlando Orlando, FL

Southern Technical College - Orlando offers 11 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 751 students graduated with students earning 685 Associate's degrees, and 66 Certificates degrees.

3 Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando Orlando, FL

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando offers 4 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 339 students graduated with students earning 263 Associate's degrees, and 76 Certificates degrees.

4 City College-Altamonte Springs Altamonte Springs, FL

City College-Altamonte Springs offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 123 students graduated with students earning 123 Associate's degrees.

5 Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland Maitland, FL

Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 435 students graduated with students earning 406 Certificates degrees, and 29 Associate's degrees.

6 Concorde Career Institute-Orlando Orlando, FL

Concorde Career Institute-Orlando offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 379 students graduated with students earning 305 Certificates degrees, and 74 Associate's degrees.

7 Anthem College-Orlando Orlando, FL

Anthem College-Orlando offers 0 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized city.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Central Florida University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
2/5
41 : 1 62,953
University Logo Rollins College Winter Park, FL
5/5
15 : 1 3,260
Full Sail University Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
4/5
24 : 1 20,025
Florida Technical College Florida Technical College Orlando, FL 39 : 1 4,575
Johnson University Florida Johnson University Florida Kissimmee, FL
3/5
11 : 1 205
University Logo Valencia College Orlando, FL
2/5
48 : 1 44,050
Adventist University of Health Sciences Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
3/5
14 : 1 1,984
University Logo Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
2/5
49 : 1 17,741
University Logo Orange Technical College-Mid Florida Campus Orlando, FL 24 : 1 2,632
Golf Academy of America-Altamonte Springs Golf Academy of America-Altamonte Springs Apopka, FL
4/5
16 : 1 123
University Logo Orange Technical College-Orlando Campus Orlando, FL 23 : 1 1,495
University Logo University of Phoenix-Florida Orlando, FL
3/5
17 : 1 2,369
Southern Technical College - Orlando Southern Technical College - Orlando Orlando, FL 21 : 1 1,254
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando Orlando, FL
3/5
31 : 1 917
Beacon College Beacon College Leesburg, FL
5/5
11 : 1 274
Technical Education Center-Osceola Technical Education Center-Osceola Kissimmee, FL 10 : 1 777
University Logo Orange Technical College-Winter Park Campus Winter Park, FL 25 : 1 1,313
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology Altamonte Springs, FL 38 : 1 223
City College-Altamonte Springs City College-Altamonte Springs Altamonte Springs, FL
3/5
20 : 1 329
University Logo Orange Technical College-Westside Campus Winter Garden, FL 16 : 1 1,250
Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland Florida College of Natural Health-Maitland Maitland, FL 37 : 1 435
Academy of Career Training Academy of Career Training Kissimmee, FL 8 : 1 71
University Logo Hair Design Institute Apopka, FL 12 : 1 81
Herzing University-Winter Park Herzing University-Winter Park Winter Park, FL
3/5
14 : 1 446
Centura Institute Centura Institute Orlando, FL
4/5
8 : 1 77

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Questions About Going to College in Orlando

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Grads interested in the tourism/hospitality industry can’t beat Orlando. The improving U.S. economy means more vacationers headed to the Sunshine State and the need for hot spots such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando to hire additional employees. Overall, economists predict Central Florida will grow faster than other areas of the state over the next three years. They expect construction to be a particularly thriving industry.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Orlando?

Walt Disney World leads the pack, but Universal Studios and SeaWorld also contribute to employment opportunities in the hospitality industry. Teachers and other educational professionals can find work with the large Orange County Public Schools. Adventist Health System, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, and Florida Hospital seek health-science grads. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and technology powerhouse Siemens provide jobs in various STEM disciplines.

Is Orlando more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

While most people think of Orlando as a tourist destination, it also hosts the main campus of University of Central Florida. The institution has a collegiate feel, from innovative research centers to Division I sporting events. The wonderful weather, job growth in the region, and a bounty of recreational opportunities lead many grads to remain in Orlando. Young professionals often choose to live in College Park, which is close to downtown. Incidentally, many senior citizens also call this neighborhood home (this is Florida, after all). The Lake Nona area, which has seen its population skyrocket from 1,500 residents in the year 2000 to over 50,000 in 2015, attracts young families with its good schools, parks, and newly constructed homes.

What do the locals in Orlando like to do for fun?

Yes, some Orlando residents do hold annual passes to Disney World and Universal Studios. But the city has plenty of other things to do. Basketball fans love to cheer on the Orlando Magic. Bargain hunters scour the outlet malls. And with 170 courses, golfers never lack a place to play. For great eats and camaraderie, you can’t beat food truck bazaars. Vendors gather at different locations throughout the month to offer everything from Maine lobster to gourmet cupcakes. Bring your wallet and a lawn chair!

What's the dating scene like in Orlando? Will I meet my perfect mate?

When it comes to the singles’ scene in this city . . . let’s just say it’s complicated. Pew Research reports that the metro area has a gender ratio of 128 single young men to 100 single young women. Still, Orlando came in a respectable 15th on WalletHub’s 2014 list of the best U.S. cities for singles. It scored exceptionally well in the “Romance and Fun” category. Maybe Jiminy Cricket is right: When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.

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