Awards & Recognition

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The website Schools.com has ranked the College of Central Florida the No. 5 community college in Florida. The website used a 10-point scale to calculate each school’s score in six categories: percentage of students enrolled in distance education, total cost of attendance, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, acceptance rate of transfer student into the State University of Florida System and flexibility.

CF was ranked among the top 150 colleges in the nation for quality in 2011, 2013 and 2017 in by the Aspen Institute College Excellence program. Rankings are based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and their success in the job market upon graduation

The college has been gifted a 103-acre farm on County Road 475 by a longtime Marion County supporter of education and agriculture. Valued at more than $2.9 million, the farm provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in the college’s Agribusiness and Equine Studies programs.

The Marion County Hospital District has pledged $6 million in support of a state-of-the-art health science center at the Ocala Campus. The college is requesting $23.7 million in matching funds from the Florida Legislature.

The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County, opened for classes in fall 2017.

The CF Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by ACEN, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. CF has the only BSN program in Marion County endorsed by ACEN.

CF has received a $2.1 million grant to improve student success. The five-year Title IIIA Strengthening Institutions Grant will improve retention of first-year students, increase the success rate for first-year classes, and increase four-year graduation and transfer rates.

CF is ranked No. 20 in affordability in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (2017 report)

CF is among the top five four-year colleges in Florida with the lowest tuition cost, according to OnlineColleges.com. The website states: "These schools are good options for students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree but also don’t want to break the bank." (2018-2019)

CF ranks No. 17 in the nation for Best Community Colleges, according to College Choice.net. The rankings were developed with data from Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Payscale and individual community colleges. (2017)

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’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is ranked No. 6 in Florida by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com. (2018)

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

CF has a student-to-teacher ratio of 24 to 1.

CF has an economic impact of $349.7 million in Marion, Citrus and Levy. The college enriches lives of students and increases lifetime incomes. CF contributes to the vitality of local and state economies by generating increased tax revenues from an enlarged economy and reducing demand for social services.

CF is No. 5 in Florida for affordable four-year online colleges according to onlinecolleges.com. (2018)

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

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