Daytona State College
Daytona State College (DSC), originally Daytona Beach Community College, hosts 28,000 students every year. These students can attend either on campus or through DSC’s online programs, which consistently rank in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation. With over 100 certificate, associate, and bachelor’s programs, the U.S. Department of Education’s Affordability and Transparency Center ranks DSC as one of the most affordable public 4-year institutions in the country, boasting the cost of less than half the tuition of the national average.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has been a staple of the Daytona Beach
community for decades as the top aerospace and aviation school in the country. While known
for the quality of their aeronautical science programs, they also tout a number of other
impressive fields, such as engineering, business administration, human factors psychology,
computer science, and more. ERAU graduates make up a sizeable amount of the workforce in Daytona Beach and beyond, where they harbor a specialized education desirable to organizations around the world.
One of the most eminent historically black colleges in the nation, Bethune-Cookman University
(BCU) was founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, beginning with just $1.50 and five
students. Hosting over 4,000 students every year, the school offers dozens of undergraduate
programs across the board, along with strong graduate programs in criminal justice, public
health, athletic training, environmental science, counseling, leadership, and student education.
These plentiful degree programs, along with the number of job opportunities at the university
itself, provide a strong avenue for growth in the grand scheme of Daytona Beach economic
A historic and beautiful cultural centerpiece to DeLand, Stetson University hosts around 3,000
undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students every year, with 265 faculty members across four
locations. Stetson’s College of Law, one of the nation’s premier law schools, is also nationally
recognized as the number one school for trial advocacy, and number three school for legal
writing. They also offer an impressively large number of scholarships for driven and high achieving students, where nearly 97% of incoming students receives a merit scholarship based
on high school GPA, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and community service.