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995 E Memorial Blvd Suite110
Lakeland, FL 33801
p. 863-686-1444
w. www.everest.edu/campus/lakeland

Everest University-Lakeland

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Everest University-Lakeland is part of the Everest University system and offers students the opportunity to earn degrees in Accounting, Accounting (BS), Associate of Applied Management, Bachelor of Applied Management, Business, Business (BS), Computer Information Science, Computer Information Science (BS), Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice (BS), Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assisting, Medical Insurance Billing & Coding, Paralegal and Pharmacy Technician, with most of these programs being completed in around nine months.

The university can, under federal law, enroll nonimmigrant alien students and train veterans.

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Prospective students wanting to transfer credits from their previous school must provide an official transcript as part of their application package.

All applicants must complete an application and enrollment agreement before beginning classes.

Although the university strives to admit anyone, regardless of their situation, applicants must have at least one of the following: a high school diploma, or the equivalent (GED), and successfully complete an entrance exam or a personal interview with an admissions representative.

Financial Aid

Students can take advantage of free consultations to help decide the best financing arrangement for their needs. As an accredited post-secondary institution, the school offers federal financial assistance programs to eligible applicants, as well as numerous state, local and private funding opportunities.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1129th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Florida.


Students have the choice to take day, evening and online classes to allow flexibility for commuters with careers and families.

The campus offers large classrooms, but small class sizes, state-of-the-art laboratories and a communal student lounge.

The school is located in Lakeland, the largest city in Polk County, which is halfway between Tampa and Orlando.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

Students at either campus may choose to complete part or all of a degree online. Online learners complete classes at their own pace and schedule. A 24/7-phone number is available for technical help. Students meet a variety of people from all over the country who are also studying online and also have one-on-one interaction available with the instructor and a Student Services Coordinator. The only requirements for online learning are a computer, an internet connection, and an e-mail address. Students can choose from 6 different degrees to earn online:

  • Accounting (Associate’s)
  • Business (Associate’s)
  • Business Administration (Bachelor’s)
  • Criminal Investigations (Associate’s)
  • Criminal Justice (Associate’s or Bachelor’s)


Accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges Schools to award associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and diplomas.

The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants endowment (AAMAE).

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.37
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 36 0.04
Robbery 140 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,333 1.35
Larceny 3,612 3.66
Vehicle theft 202 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lakeland, FL 33801
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population31,593 (31,589 urban / 4 rural)
Households13,347 (2.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,120
Families7,879 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1215

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2507th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $15,156 $15,156 $15,156
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $421 $421 $421
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,619 $16,619 $16,619
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,400 $28,400 $28,400
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,804 $20,804 $20,804

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $16,452 $15,336 $16,452 $15,336 $16,452 $15,336
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,275(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,227 $7,470
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,202 $4,077
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,202 $4,077

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 46 41 1 2 101 2 196
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 3 2 1 1 7
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 5 1 6 12
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 4 6
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 2 7 1 11
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 2 7 11
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 7 2 16 1 26
Medical/Clinical Assistant 13 24 1 1 34 75
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8 5 11 25
Securities Services Administration/Management 5 3 12 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2585th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,389 ($20,946 male / $13,559 female)
Number of FT Faculty 10 (2 male / 8 female)
Number of PT Faculty 32
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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