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Awards & Recognition

The College of Central Florida is consistently recognized nationally for its high-quality programs, affordability and accessibility.

High Quality

Aspen Prize

CF is ranked among the top 150 colleges in the nation for quality by the Aspen Institute College Excellence program. Rankings are based on performance in student outcomes, including graduation rates, improvement in student success and equitable student success.

For the Aspen Prize, in each two-year cycle, a jury of national experts selects 10 finalist institutions, and, ultimately, one winner of the prestigious award. CF was also recognized and deemed eligible for the $1 million prize in 2011, 2013, 2017, 2021 and 2023.

CF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

CF has consistently high pass rates on certification exams, including 100% for Physical Therapist Assistant (2020); 90% for Nursing (2020) and Surgical Technology (2021); 82% for Radiography (2021); 88% for Paramedic (2017-2019) and 80% for Dental Assisting (2021).

CF ranks No. 7 in the U.S. for Best Online Business Certificate Programs by TheBestSchools.org for 2019.

CF ranks in the top 25 Best Online Colleges in Florida by SR Education Group. The ranking is based on alumni salaries and tuition rates.

CF ranks in the top 30 Community Colleges in Florida for 2022 by Intelligent.com. Among which, CF  was also recognized for Best Scholarships.

In a separate ranking, Intelligent.com ranked CF’s Associate in Business Administration Degree Program among the top 20 in the nation for 2022. Among which, CF was also recognized for Best Certificates.

CF ranks No. 6 for Best RN Programs in Florida by RegisteredNursing.org for 2021.

CF ranks among the top 10 nursing programs in Florida by RNCareers.org for 2019.

CF ranks No. 30 in the nation for Best Colleges for Adult Education, according to GreatValueColleges.net. The ranking was developed from the 50 most affordable colleges on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of 100 colleges and universities with the highest percentage of students over the age of 25. (2017-2018)

CF ranks 27th in the nation for safest small colleges and universities by collegechoice.net. (2018)

Affordable

More than $1.5 million in scholarships is available each year.

CF ranks No. 20 in affordability in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (2019 report)

76% of CF graduates leave the college with no student loan debt.

CF offers tutoring, career guidance, job placement assistance, and more services to students free of charge.

At $112.92 per credit hour, CF is less than half the cost of a four-year degree at a state university.

CF has the third most affordable nursing degree in Florida, according to Collegechoice.net. (2018)

Accessible

Students can choose from a variety of class options: day, evening, online and hybrid classes.

CF has six locations throughout Marion, Citrus and Levy counties.

Pathways and Partnerships

Students can choose from 150+ academic pathways that lead to high-skill, high-wage careers.

CF offers a variety of certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree options.

CF maintains seamless transfer pathway partnerships with University of Central Florida, University of Florida Online, University of South Florida and Florida A&M University.

Return on Investment

95% of CF graduates are found working in their field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.