Higher Education

For a community of about a half million people, Volusia County has many colleges and universities. Among them are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s leading aviation and aerospace university. Others include Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Keiser University, Nova Southeastern University.

Daytona State College

Daytona State College offers the first two years leading toward numerous bachelor’s degree programs with advising tracks in performing arts, languages, education, liberal arts, math, psychology, business administration, public administration, social work, engineering pre-professional programs (architecture, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, law) and many others. This program results in the Associate of Arts degree for students who wish to transfer to a four-year program at Daytona State or another college or university.

The College also prepares students for careers that require specialized training. Our certificates and Associate of Science degrees prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation. Many college credit certificates and applied technology diplomas can be applied toward an appropriate AS degree for students who wish to enter the workforce quickly and then continue their education.


Daytona State - Postsecondary Adult Vocational Programs (PSAV) 

As Postsecondary Adult Vocational Programs (PSAV) programs, our workforce programs are performance-based and offer training that provides an opportunity for students to earn a variety of industry certifications and credentials sought by local and regional employers, in high demand occupations.
Our students receive expert instruction from our faculty and our curriculum showcases effective teaching and skills integration and engages hands-on practice to promote subject matter and skill mastery.
Some of our programs are offered in a high technology environment at the Advanced Technology College. Many excellent career opportunities in business and industry exist for the motivated student.
Many of our program graduates gain additional experience by working part-time in their field of study while attending classes.
Our students can also apply academic credit while enrolled in most of our workforce programs, qualifying them for the option of pursuing an A.S. Degree in Industrial Management Technology.

As part of Embry-Riddle’s commitment to continuing professional education and lifelong learning, ERAU hosts a variety of aviation-focused short-courses. All courses are offered in a face-to-face classroom setting taught by aviation industry subject matter experts. These courses are tailored for industry professionals involved in the operations, management, and supervision of aviation organizations.

Keiser University 

At Keiser University we are here to help you succeed by providing the professional and academic foundation to meet your educational goals and objectives. Keiser University continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and career.

The Advanced Technology College

The Advanced Technology College offers a wide variety of technological training in engineering, computer science, robotics and simulation, automotive, heating and air conditioning, emergency medical services, paramedic training and criminal justice programs. The state-of-the-art facility includes occupational classrooms and laboratory areas that feature industry-designed, program-specific equipment. It offers science labs, a multi-purpose room, a media center and open computer labs. The two-story classroom area surrounds an enclosed atrium that is the site of numerous exhibits and events. The facility is located five miles from the Daytona Beach Campus, where students enrolled in courses at the ATC can access the full range of student enrollment and development services. On average, more than 2,200 students attend classes at the ATC each year.