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The Orlando region offers more than 35 colleges, universities, technical schools and private institutions as well as continuing education programs that offer on-going opportunities for workers sharpening their skills.
Exceptional Universities Nearby
The exceptional quality of technology research and training at Central Florida colleges and universities is increasingly recognized as an extraordinary community asset. Working in tandem, the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of South Florida in Tampa anchor Florida’s High Tech Corridor, providing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral program options in specialties ranging from microelectronics to bio-med. In addition to the multitude of specialized high tech curriculums, graduate degrees in business administration and law are also available through local universities.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is a public research university ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one the nation’s 20 most innovative institutions. UCF offers more than 200 degree programs and confers almost 17,000 degrees each year with a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to grow, learn and succeed.
UCF Online is a trusted source for innovative education technology with 20 years of experience providing top online degrees that offers more than 90 programs designed to make education affordable and accessible for everyone.
UCF Continuing Education provides more than 400 credit and non-credit programs that connect the university’s resources with the Central Florida community to support re-education, training, professional development and personal growth.
Recognized as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review, Rollins is the top regional university in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. The college’s Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business is noted for excellence in graduate management education and lifelong learning programs. Rollins currently has an enrollment of nearly 3,500 students from more than 40 states and 30 nations.
Full Sail University
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. With over 70,000+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors.
Full Sail offers Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees and Professional Certifications entirely online in the areas of Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports and Technology.
Local State College Offerings
Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College, all members of the Florida College System, combined serve more than 66,000 students in Orlando. The three institutions also have a combined $1.6 billion economic impact on the region.
These colleges all partner with the University of Central Florida to offer DirectConnect to UCF. Through DirectConnect, associate (A.A. and A.S.) degree graduates of Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College receive guaranteed admission to UCF as juniors. Aimed at improving local access to higher education, DirectConnect has helped thousands of students earn their bachelor’s degrees in a convenient, affordable way close to home.
Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC)
During the last four decades, Lake-Sumter State College has earned the reputation as one of the best two-year institutions in Florida. There are three convenient campuses: Leesburg, Clermont, and Sumterville. The LSSC mission statement says it best …”Lake-Sumter State College provides excellent student-centered academic and career-oriented education that is proactive, accessible, and responsive to our community’s needs”. With this goal in mind, LSSC continues to provide a quality, personalized, economical, and flexible environment for Lake and Sumter County students.
Seminole State College of Florida
Named by the Aspen Institute in 2019 as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States, Seminole State serves a diverse population of nearly 30,000 students at four campuses in Central Florida as well as online. Seminole State offers seven bachelor’s degrees, two-year university transfer (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; specialized career certificates; continuing professional education and adult education.
Seminole State College offers a wide range of continuing education and professional development courses through Education To Go (ed2go). Entirely online, these courses are designed for professionals seeking knowledge or skills for career advancement.
The college offers a two-year A.A. parallel program that prepares students to transfer to an upper-division college or university; college-preparatory courses that help first-year students excel; and technical programs and continuing education courses that prepare students to meet the needs of business and industry.
Valencia College Continuing Education offers a wide selection of extension courses for both personal and professional growth. Taught by experts in their fields, the courses provide practical, hands-on experience.
Specialized Technical Schools
In direct response to the needs of local companies, the region’s technical schools offer a variety of courses for the local workforce and industry-oriented curricula that are mainstays of our higher education system.
Lake Technical College (Lake Tech)
Lake Tech, a public post secondary technical charter school, meets the educational needs of the community by offering a variety of high quality vocational and technical training opportunities. Lake Tech’s main campus is in Eustis, FL, and the Institute of Public Safety is in Tavares, FL. Lake Tech offers 29 certificate Workforce Education programs plus two apprentice programs in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education.
Orange Technical College (OTC)
Throughout five technical college campuses and numerous community learning centers, Orange Technical College teaches the industry skills needed to start a whole new career through industry certifications/licensures, become an apprentice, learn English, attain your high school diploma or expand current skills.
Osceola Technical College (oTECH)
Osceola Technical College (oTECH) offers training programs in business technology, industrial education, electronics, electrical wiring, building systems and maintenance technologies, among a variety of post-secondary, training alternatives.
There are even more higher education options
Additional Institutions with Facilities in Orlando
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 Career College // 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 // Florida Polytechnic University // Rasmussen University // Stetson University // Troy State University // University of Phoenix // University of South Florida // Webster University