Facts & Figures

Education

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The education system works jointly with business to ensure curriculum and degree programs meet the industry needs of today and tomorrow.  A consortium representing the private sector and K-12 to post-secondary are working together as the Volusia Career Connection Cadre.  Volusia County Public Schools and the Cadre have garnered interest from the Ford Fund for its innovative learning practices.

  • Universities & Colleges
  • Technical/Vocational
  • K-12
 

Volusia County has nine regionally-accredited colleges and universities, with over 30,000 students enrolled in a variety of degree programs. These institutions offer a diverse focus of academic programs, which produces well-educated professionals. Volusia County institutions have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings.

Daytona State College is ranked #2 in Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is ranked #5 in Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide and ranked #10 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Bethune-Cookman University is ranked #35 in Best Regional Colleges (South).

Stetson University is ranked #6 in Best Regional Universities (South).

University of Central Florida is ranked as the #3 Best Up and Coming School and the #50 Best Online Bachelor's Degree Program nationwide.

Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904 as a school for young African-American girls, today Bethune-Cookman University is a nationally recognized, faith-based institution with over 3,600 students. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three historically black, private colleges in Florida, and boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body. With a strong commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement, B-CU offers 35 majors in seven academic disciplines, including a masters program in transformative leadership.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904 with $1.50 and only 5 students.
  • Ms. Bethune was advisor to 5 U.S. presidents and was recognized as a leader on issues related to civil rights, education, women, and youth.
  • B-CU was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top baccalaureate institutions in the South and one of the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities.
  • B-CU’s Performing Arts Center is a $23 million, state-of-the-art facility with seating for 2,500 and has hosted Broadway shows and internationally known performers.
  • The Pride is B-CU’s 325-member marching band that features musicians, a flag corps, and the nationally recognized 14 Karat Gold dancers.
  • Student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and 70% of full-time faculty possess terminal degrees.

Daytona State College

Daytona State College is the region's first choice for education and workforce training, serving more than 36,000 students annually. Students can choose among more than 100 one-year certificate programs, two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor's degrees. The college offers a comprehensive college experience that includes career planning and student support services, varsity athletics, student clubs and a diverse array of cultural events.

  • Daytona State College was founded in 1957 as the state of Florida's first comprehensive community college.
  • The college offers nine baccalaureate degree concentrations in Education, Business and Engineering Technology.
  • Daytona State is home to the acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography, one of America's premier museums devoted entirely to photography.
  • Campus locations in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Flagler/Palm Coast, New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater.
  • Approximately 75 percent of the colleges' associate of arts graduates transfer to universities.
  • Daytona State ranks among the top 10 percent of the nation's institutions in regard to the two-year academic focus that is the heart of its multi-faceted mission, as well as for its track record in generating positive workforce outcomes.
 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world's leader in aviation and aerospace education. Consistently ranked #1 in the country, ERAU provides quality education and research in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and related fields. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, it is one of Volusia County’s largest employers with over $400 million in annual economic impact. Plans are currently underway to build a 140-acre research park next to the Daytona Beach International Airport with space for laboratories, workshops, and offices.

  • Founded in 1925, just 22 years after the Wright Brothers first historic flight. There are 159 campuses in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East.
  • Offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 34,000 students annually, and conducts approximately $30 million a year in applied research.
  • Operates an atmospheric research lab at the South Pole.
  • Has the largest aerospace engineering program and professional pilot program in the nation with a fleet of 92 instructional aircraft and 41 simulators available to its students.
  • Partners with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, NOAA, NTSB, and many other private companies and governmental agencies to provide internship opportunities to its students.
 

Stetson University

Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the oldest private university in Florida, and boasts many other firsts, including Florida’s first Schools of Law, Music, and Business Administration, the first student newspaper, Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and more recently, the first LEED-certified building in Florida. This top-ranked university is located in the county seat of DeLand, and offers majors in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, and music.

  • Stetson is consistently rated one of the Top 3 schools in the South by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The 175-acre DeLand campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Forbes Magazine regularly ranks Stetson on its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges”.
  • Stetson's 2,200 undergraduates come from 37 states and 36 foreign countries.
  • Stetson was the first college in Florida to enroll African-American students and was also the first college to graduate a woman lawyer in Florida.
  • 95 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees with a student/faculty ratio of 11-to-1 at the DeLand campus.

University of Central Florida

Consistently ranked as a top research university, The University of Central Florida is also known as one of the nation’s most affordable schools. The Daytona Beach Campus serves over 1,000 students and offers 16 undergraduate and five graduate degree programs.

Daytona International Airport is the location for UCF’s Business Incubator, one of 9 locations throughout central Florida. Since its inception in 1999, this program has helped more than 200 emerging companies, created over $500 million in annual revenue, and more than 1600 new jobs, and is an important part of Volusia County’s economic development plan.

  • UCF was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University to provide highly trained personnel to the Kennedy Space Center.
  • During its Spring 2010 graduation ceremonies, UCF awarded its 200,000th degree.
  • UCF produces more teachers than any other institution in the state.
  • UCF has nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide.
  • UCF awards its students over $216 million in financial aid.
  • UCF researchers attract more than $100 million annually.

Other Colleges & Universities

  • Florida State University College of Medicine has a regional campus in Daytona Beach, which provides clinical training for third-and fourth-year students and gives them an opportunity to work one-on-one with practicing physicians in the area. The regional campus is located on the Daytona State College campus.
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic is the first and largest chiropractic college in the world. One-third of all practicing chiropractors are Palmer graduates who contribute to the health and well-being of people around the globe. The Florida campus is in Port Orange.
  • Keiser University is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels.
  • The University of Phoenix offers flexible educational options for adults who are busy balancing work, family and otherwise full lives.