Formerly known as Central Florida Community College, the College of Central Florida is a public state school in Ocala. It is a member of the Florida College System and operates the following campuses and centers throughout Citrus, Marion, and Levy counties:
- Ocala campus (main campus)
- Citrus Campus
- Hampton Center
- Levy Center
Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are offered in over 75 programs of study. Students can earn specializations in health care management, agribusiness management, management information systems, or public safety administration. The college presents two-year A.S. programs in the most demanding career fields which will prepare students to enter the industry with specific technical skills or get a transfer into particular bachelor’s degree programs. Associate in Arts Degree prepares the students for transfer into the junior year of a bachelor’s degree program. Associate in Science Degree trains students to excel at job or get a transfer into bachelor’s degree programs.
Students can complete certificate programs at CF in a year and gain job specific technical skills. It will also enhance the job skills and help students earn credit towards an A.S. degree. The non-degree seeking students can take the adult enrichment or career exploration course.
The school is into partnership agreements with seven higher education institutes to provide baccalaureate, graduate and doctorate level programs. These institutes are Capella University, Florida State University, Barry University, University of Central Florida, Saint Leo University, University of Florida, and Webster University. Students can now earn bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree without having to commute. However, each university partner has its own set of requirements for admission.
CF also provides several online e-Learning courses to the students seeking flexible and accessible academic programs. These online classes permit the student to complete courses through the Internet. Some online courses may require the students to attend the on-campus meetings. Online learning also includes hybrid classes, which is a mix of on-campus and online format. Students just need a computer/ laptop and access to Internet to be able complete an online course.
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Admissions are open. All high school graduates, home school completers and GED recipients can apply. Students must take anyone of the following tests authorized by the state: ACT, SAT or CPT. The college also offers CPT on its campus. The placement tests assess the reading, English, and mathematics skills of the students.
International students (whose native language is not English) must take a test to prove their English ability. They do not have to take a TOEFL test. However, all new students have to take the Florida Computerized Placement Test (CPT) to establish their English and mathematics expertise. There is an Intensive English as Second Language (ESL) Program to meet the needs of international Students. Students who have taken any one of the TOEFL, IELTS, or STEP/ EIKEN test (with satisfactory scores) within 12 months will get a direct entry to the college level degree course.
The testing centers at the Ocala, Citrus and Levy campuses provide an array of testing services needed for admission into academic and vocational programs. Some of the tests offered at the testing centers include aptitude tests, employment development inventories, career assessment, occupational skills tests, computer skills tests, achievement tests, academic skills tests, professional employment tests, and personnel tests.
There are basically three types of financial aid available: scholarships, grants, and student loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in order to receive financial assistance. The deadlines for completing the financial aid application are:
- First week of June (Fall)
- First week of October (Spring)
- First week of February (Summer)
College of Central Florida takes part only in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP) where the federal government offers loans to deserving students directly. The loans include Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct Parent Loans.
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The Student Activities Board is the central governing student organization on the campus. It initiates, coordinates and organizes diverse activities that are tailored to make students’ campus experience more enjoyable. Students can either join an organization or start a new one.
Some of the student clubs and organizations are Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK), African American Student Union (AASU), Campus Christian Ministries, Club of Educational Opportunity (CEOs), Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA), Gay Straight Alliance, Hispanic-American Association (HACER), Horseman’s Society, International Club, Levy Student Advisory Committee, Pantheist, Agnostic, Non-Theist Society (PANTS), Patriot Dancers, Patriot Fan Club, Patriot Politics, Practical Nurse Student Association, Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program (PREP), Realizing Our Cause (ROC), Skills USA, Student Nurses Association (SNA), and Student Physical Therapist Assistant Club.
Media and Publications:
Imprints is the award winning literary magazine on campus. It is published every spring featuring the best student art, photography, and creative writing.
In The Write Mind is the forum for college students and staff inspiration. It is published every spring. Students are encouraged to contribute poetries, fiction or essays, and artwork such as paintings, drawings, or photography.
The Patriot Press is the online news portal of the college. It covers all information regarding sports, entertainment arts and living.
Residence Life offers excellent housing facilities in the College Square apartments, located adjacent to the Ocala Campus. The classes and college facilities are within walking distance from the college apartments. These apartments are spacious and well-furnished with private bedroom and a shared bath, living area, kitchen and dining space. The College Square residences blend the best aspects of apartment living with on-campus facilities and convenience in a friendly ambience.
Students can stop by the Patriot Cafe or Cyber Cafe at Ocala campus for a quick bite between the classes. Other campuses also have cafes, bookstores, libraries, computer lab and student centers. The Career Center provides you a one-stop solution for finding a job while you are in school, or for entering that career of your choice upon graduation.
Art & Culture:
The Appleton Museum of Art exhibits over 18,000 objects ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to the international contemporary fine art. The permanent collection in Appleton Museum’s displays items that reflect European and American sculpture, painting, and decorative arts; Pre-Columbian and African artifacts; Mediterranean antiquities; and Asian art and artifacts.
The Webber Center Gallery, the center of art and cultural programs is located on the Ocala campus. The regional and national exhibits at the gallery appeal to the diverse student body. These exhibits include modern art and photography that explore history, science, and culture.
The Visual Artists’ Society comprises a mix of student artists from the Visual and Performing Arts program and other professional artists from north central Florida.
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The athletic department fields men’s and women’s teams that compete in different varsity sports such as basketball, baseball, fast-pitch softball and volleyball. The sports teams are nicknamed as the Patriots. The Patriots participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida Community College Activities Association.
The athletics program has annually produced NCAA student-athletes. It has given a start to the careers of several professional athletes. Some of the notable athletic alumni include Brian Buscher, Mike Figga, and Bill Hurst – all former Major League Baseball players. The National Football League veteran, Clinton Hart started his athletic career as an outfielder for the Patriots baseball team.
The Intramurals program started in the spring of 2009 to cater to the diverse needs and interests of students, at the same time enriching their academic experience. A variety of sports opportunities are available for the students, faculty and staff. They can participate in a game of soccer, basketball, flag, football and volleyball. These intramural programs are open to all students.
Notable alumni include:
- Deanna Wright, actress of Passions
- Kurt Kelly, member of the Florida House of Representatives
- Charles Dean, member of the Florida Senate
- Todd Lickliter, NCAA men’s basketball coach at Butler University and University of Iowa
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