The College of Central Florida, located in Ocala, Florida, was established in 1957 as Central Florida Junior College. A public two year institution, the school was founded to serve the counties of Citrus, Levy and Marion. In 1966 the school merged with Hampton Junior College, a two year institution serving black residents, and in 1971 changed its name to Central Florida Community College. As with many two year institutions in the Florida College System, the school began to offer a limited number of bachelor degree programs in 2010, resulting in yet another name change, this time to its current. The school serves nearly 19,000 students a year and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As a public institution, the school is dedicated to providing a quality education at low cost, ensuring that residents in its service area have their educational, cultural and professional needs met.
The College of Central Florida offers a large number of programs resulting in certificates, associate degrees or bachelor degrees. The variety of programs ensures that students will be able to choose one which suits their academic or professional needs. Academic programs allow students to fulfill the first two years of a four year education at a lower cost. Once the program is completed, students may apply to a four year institution to complete their bachelor's degree in their area of study. As the school is part of the Florida College System, transfer to a member school is easier than to private or out of state institutions.
Career training programs provide students an education in given vocation or technical field, providing the skills and knowledge necessary to operate as professionals in their field. Students will be exposed to a mixture of practical courses and classroom education, allowing for the application of skills in a real world setting with education provided by experienced professionals. Upon graduation students will receive a certificate or diploma demonstrating their qualifications and allowing for immediate entry into the workforce at the entry level.
In addition, the College of Central Florida offers bachelor degree programs in Business and Organizational Management and Early Childhood Education. These programs require a separate application for admission and are limited in their enrollment.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any individual who meets the minimum requirements for admission will be accepted. Individuals interested in enrollment must complete and submit the admissions application, and provide all pertinent information, such as transcripts and test scores. Once admitted, students should consult an academic advisor for assistance in outlining one's academic or career goals. Individuals interested in enrollment in one of the bachelor degree programs must complete a separate application for admissions and meet the program's admission requirements.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs offered at the state and federal level. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Students may be asked to provide additional information prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure the accuracy of the information provided.
Clubs and Organizations
A large number of clubs and organization are available at College of Central Florida, focusing on academic, social, cultural or student leadership related activities. Individuals are encouraged to join such clubs in order to explore new interests or develop current ones. Clubs and organizations provide a social atmosphere that allows for the exchange of ideas and the growth of individuals through bonds outside of a classroom setting. Students may also form new clubs reflecting interests not covered by current organizations, or revive clubs that have ceased operations in the past.
Clubs and organizations at College of Central Florida include:
- Brain Bowl
- Bring Your Own Book
- CF Art Club
- Student Ambassadors
- In the Write Mind
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $1,900-$2,300
- Out-of-State: $7,600-$9,170
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $110-$130 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $420-$510 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||81%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||80%||$4,660|
|Receiving Student Loans||16%||$4,434|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, College of Central Florida may provide services to students like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares College of Central Florida against community colleges in Florida.
|College of Central Florida||Marion County||Florida|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2005)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1991)
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The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Other Community Colleges Nearby
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