Oakland Park, Florida (FL) Colleges and Universities
There are over 20 different public and private non-profit schools within the Oakland Park area. Read about the schools with most program variety, highest graduation rates, lowest student-faculty ratios and lowest costs to find the school for you.
School Ranking Overview
While Oakland Park, FL, itself isn't home to any schools, the 25-mile radius surrounding the city boasts many postsecondary institutions, including health career training centers, for-profit universities, community colleges, technical institutes and much more. However, for the benefit of those Oakland Park-area students looking for a more traditional college experience, we focus solely on private non-profit and public colleges and universities in this article. We compare and contrast these schools, and then we rank the top three in the following categories:
- Most Program Variety
- Lowest Net Price
- Highest Graduation Rate
- Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Program Variety
Traditional Oakland Park area schools with the most program variety are located in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Miami. Students will find an assortment of programs at these schools, ranging from about 127 offerings to somewhere in the vicinity of 103. Profiled below are the top three schools for program variety.
1 - Nova Southeastern University
A 4-year private not-for-profit college located in Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is attended by roughly 28,457 students and offers about 127 different certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. The most popular fields of study, based on degrees earned by 2011 graduates, were business, health professions and related programs, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology, and education, according to U.S. News & World Report. Several of the school's graduate programs appeared in U.S. News's 2013 Best Grad School rankings including audiology (#64), occupational therapy (#47), pharmacy (#80), and physician assistant (#70).
2 - Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton, has close to 29,246 students and approximately 104 different academic programs. U.S. News & World Report's national rankings for graduate programs put this school at #161 in best education schools, #97 for its public affairs program, #130 for its social work program, #229 for its graduate speech-language pathology program, #177 for is psychology program, #139 in nursing programs, and #177 in fine arts programs. In addition, Florida Atlantic State University's online graduate business program was ranked at #114 nationally. Business administration, elementary education, criminal justice/safety studies, and marketing/marketing management were the most popular majors among 2011 graduates, according to U.S. News & World Report.
3 - Barry University
This 4-year private not-for-profit university, located in Miami, has nearly 103 programs to offer its student population of 8,9051, per NCES. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked some of Barry University's graduate programs as #63 in nursing-anesthesia, #102 among physician assistant programs, #127 among occupational therapy programs, and #104 among social work programs. According to NCES, 1,121 bachelor's, 1,068 master's, 293 doctoral degrees were awarded in the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition, 46 postgraduate certificates were conferred. The most popular bachelor degrees were in business, health professions, liberal arts, and public administration, per NCES. The university offers distance learning for its public administration and business administration graduate programs, based on information published by NCES.
Lowest Net Price
NCES calculates the average net price by subtracting the average financial aid received by a school's students from the total cost of attending that school. The net prices of the schools below apply to the 2010-2011 academic year and range from $6,484 to $8,713. The locations are scattered with one school in Hollywood, one in Fort Lauderdale, and the third in Davie.
1 - Sheridan Technical Center
Located in Hollywood, Sheridan Technical Center is the most affordable traditional school in the area, with a net price of $6,484 in 2010-2011. During this period, 54% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. Total expenses at this 2-year public school were $16,380 in 2012-2013, per NCES. According to NCES, Sheridan Technical Center has close to 1,224 students. The school offers less than 1-year, between 1- and 2-year, and between 2- and 4-year certificates.
2 - Broward College
Broward College of Fort Lauderdale is located about 4 miles outside of Oakland Park. With a net price of $7,356 in 2010-2011, this 4-year public college is the second most affordable school in the Oakland Park area, according the NCES. NCES reports that total expenses in 2012-2013 were $21,354 for Florida residents and $27,476 for nonresidents. According to NCES, the college offers its student population of roughly 42,198 primarily associate's degrees. Several programs have distance learning options.
3 - William T. McFatter Technical Center
With a net price of $8,713, third place in this category belongs to Davie's William T. McFatter Technical Center. This 2-year public college has a student population of about 689, per NCES. NCES figures also show that 65% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received some type of financial aid in the 2010-2011 academic year. The same source estimates that expenses in 2012-2013 totaled $14,952. The institution awarded 450 less than 1-year, 315 between 1- and 2-year, and 43 between 2- and 4-year certificates in the 2011-2012 academic year, per NCES.
Highest Graduation Rate
NCES calculates an overall graduation rate indicating the percentage of students who finish their program within 150% of the 'normal' time (e.g., six years for bachelor's degrees and three years for associate's degrees). The schools profiled below have graduation rates clustered around 58% and represent the area's mainstream schools with the highest graduation rates.
1 - William T. McFatter Technical Center
William T. McFatter Technical Center's overall graduation rate was 61% and its four-year rate 51% for first-time undergraduates in the 2008-2009 academic year. First-time full-time students in the fall of 2010 returned for classes in the fall of 2011 72% of the time.
2 - City College - Fort Lauderdale
With a rate of 58% among students who began their studies in 2005, City College - Fort Lauderdale, comes in second place, per NCES statistics. NCES figures also show a wide graduation rate gender gap with a rate of 69% for women and 33% for men. This private 4-year private not-for-profit colleges confers mostly associate's degrees.
3 - Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale
Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is the parent institution of several others with the same name located in the state of Florida. The school's overall graduation rate was 57% and its 4-year graduation rate was 60% among first-time 2005 students. NCES reports that 84% of the first-time undergraduate students and 35% of the part-timers in 2010 returned to the school in Fall 2011.
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
According to some, the ratio of faculty members to students influences student success and satisfaction. In the Oakland Park region the majority of the schools have a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 or higher. Still, it is possible to attend a mainstream school with a ratio of 5:1. The mainstream schools in the area with the lowest student-faculty ratio are profiled below.
1 - William T. McFatter Technical Center
William T. McFatter Technical Center boasts a student-faculty ratio of 5:1. NCES figures also showed that in the fall of 2011, the college had 106 full-time and 163 part-time faculty members.
2 - Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale
Several schools within a 25 mile radius of Oakland Park have a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, but Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is the largest, per NCES. NCES also reports that in Fall 2011, the university had 795 full-time and 551 part-time faculty members.
2 - Barry University
Barry University is the second largest university in the Oakland Park vicinity with a 14:1 student-faculty ratio. The university had 370 full-time and 4468 part-time faculty members in Fall 2011, based on NCES figures.
Oakland Park Area Schools at a Glance
|School Name||Location||School Type||Degrees Offered||Area Ranking|
|Barry University||Miami Florida (20.2 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees|| Tied for 2nd Highest Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,|
3rd Most Program Variety
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, Florida (4.1 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Public||Less than 1-year, 1-year and less than 2-year, 2 but less than 4-year certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees||2nd Lowest Net Price|
|City College - Fort Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2.4 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's, bachelor's degrees||2nd Highest Graduation Rate|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, Florida (14.3 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Public||Less than-1-year, 1-year and less than 2-year, 2 but less than 4-year, post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||2nd Most Program Variety|
|Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2.4 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Private not-for-profit||1-year and less than 2-year, post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's and doctoral degrees|| Tied for 2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,|
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
|Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale, Florida (9.5 miles from Oalkand Park)||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Less than 1-year certificate and post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Most Program Variety|
|Sheridan Technical Center||Hollywood, Florida (11.3 miles from Oalkand Park)||2-year, Public||Less than-1-year, 1-year and less than 2-year, 2 but less than 4-year, certificates||Lowest Net Price|
|William T. McFatter Technical Center||Davie Florida (6.7 miles from Oalkand Park)||2-year, Public||Less than-1-year, 1-year and less than 2-year, 2 but less than 4-year certificates|| Highest Graduation Rate,|
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
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