image showing text Ranked #4 Among Lowest Cost Colleges, blue on black background with blue laurel weath and blue ribbonDAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 8, 2020) – Daytona State College has earned the No. 4 ranking on University HQ’s list of top-50 Lowest Cost Colleges in the U.S. The independent education organization provides students with the necessary resources to prepare and plan their career paths in their chosen fields.

The rankings for Lowest Cost Colleges noted Daytona State’s ideal location in Florida, allowing students to study in a rapidly expanding area. It also noted its bachelor’s degree programs and its dedication to providing substantial resources for college counseling and career development, including a virtual center for student jobs, internships and employment.

University HQ strives to present a fact-based, objective and unbiased view of colleges and universities to help students set reasonable expectations and discover outstanding schools. Data is collected from four government sources, allowing for even and consistent comparisons. Cost of tuition, graduating salary, programs offered (including online programs), percentage of students receiving financial aid, retention rate, graduation rate and admission rate are among the factors considered.

The Florida College System was featured prominently in the rankings with 16 of its members listed in the top-20.

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MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more. 

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.

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Chris Thomes,

Marketing & Communications,

A Member of the Florida College System

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