Central Florida Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 1388
Ocala, FL 34478-1388
Tel: (352)854-2322; Admissions: (352)237-2111; Fax: (352)237-3747; Web Site: http://www.cf.edu/

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Florida Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 139-acre small town campus. Endowment: $12 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3600 per student. Total enrollment: 6,298. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. Full-time: 2,497 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 3,801 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 41% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I, ACT, or CPT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/3. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $1381 full-time, $49.20 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5123 full-time, $196.80 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $201 full-time, $8.38 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 31 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, African-American Student Union, ROC (Realizing Our Cause), Gay Straight Alliance, Musagettas. Major annual events: homecoming, Student Activities Week, Student Activities Banquet. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 192 college housing spaces available; 152 were occupied in 2002-03. Central Florida Community College Library plus 1 other with 54,491 books, 367 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $606,772. 737 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Ocala, the county seat, is the largest city in Marion County, and the hub of local economic and cultural activity. Service and light manufacturing industries provide the majority of employment opportunities, although agriculture is also important to the area. The 450 horse farms in the Ocala area rival Kentucky as the home of the best American thoroughbreds. Ocala boasts a mild climate, beautiful countryside, and is in close proximity to major tourist and recreational facilities. Numerous lakes provide fishing and other water sports. Ocala has 16 parks and playgrounds, two municipal swimming pools, and an 18-hole public golf course. The Sunshine Christmas Parade is an annual event.