City College (Florida)

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City College
City College, Florida RGB Logo.svg
Official City College logo
Former names
Draughon's College of Business, Career City College
Motto Extraordinary Educational Experience
Type Private, not accredited[1][2]
Established 1984
Officer in charge
President Esther Fike
Vice-president Suzanne Morrison-Williams
Director James L. Howard
Academic staff
61 (Fort Lauderdale)[3]
Undergraduates 721 (Fort Lauderdale)[3]
352 (Gainesville)[3]
291 (Miami)[3]
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Campus multiple campuses

City College is a private coeducational four-year college located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The school was founded in 1984 as a branch of Draughons Junior College, before becoming a separate school in 1989. In addition to its main campus, City College has two branch campuses in Gainesville and Miami, and an affiliate campus in Orlando. The school offers ten associate's degrees and three bachelor's degrees.[4] City College was accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.[1][2]


City College was first established in 1984 as a branch of Draughons Junior College. In May 1988,the school added its first branch campus in Gainesville. In Fall of 1989, the school became an independent college and received approval to begin offering its first Associate of Science degrees; it expanded into Bachelor of Science degrees in July 1999.[5]

The second branch of the school, in Miami, began operations in June 1997.[5] In the same year, the Institute of Specialized Training and Management, Inc was approved to offer associate degrees and renamed itself to City College, becoming an Orlando affiliate of the main City College school.[6][7]


City College offers ten Associate of Science degrees in seven major programs, and Bachelor of Science degrees in their Business Administration program.[4] In order to graduate with an associate degree, students must complete 22-28 courses, including 6 general education courses 14 courses in their major area. For bachelor's degrees, students must complete 45-46 courses, including 14 general education courses and 14-22 major courses. Students must also maintain a 2.0 overall GPA, with some major areas having minimum grade requirements for major courses.[8]


Atrium 2000, the primary campus of City College, located in Fort Lauderdale.

Originally located on Cypress Creek Road, the main campus of City College was moved to its current location in 2005, after the school purchased the Atrium 2000 office building in 2004 for $11.2 million.[9][10] Housed on 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land, the two story building spans 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2).[11] The Gainesville campus is housed in a 21,200-square-foot (1,970 m2) single-story building near downtown Gainesville, while the Miami branch is housed in approximately 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) of two buildings in Dadeland Towers office park.[11]

All three campuses have state of the art computer labs and special working laboratories to allow students to get hands on experience in their respective fields of study.[11] The school does not offer on-campus housing at any of its locations.[12]

Orlando affiliate[edit]

City College Orlando is an affiliate campus of City College. It was originally established in December 1988 as the Institute of Specialized Training & Management, Inc. (ISTM), a school specializing in the education and career development of independent private investigators. In 1989, the school was officially licensed by the State Board of Independent Postsecondary Vocational, Technical, Trade and Business Schools. It began offering vocational programs in 1991, expanding to include associate degrees in 1996. In 1997, the school renamed itself and became an affiliate of City College. The campus obtained accreditation for the Associate of Science degrees it offered in 2000.[6]

As an affiliate, the school has a separate director and board of directors from the other City College campuses,[13] but otherwise has a similar structure and course offerings,[4][14] the same mission,[15][16] and similar education guidelines.[13]

Student life[edit]

City college does not offer organized student activities and has no sports teams, feeling that their students are attending the school "to learn job skills and many are involved with their own families and organizations". Students are allowed to form their own organizations, with faculty sponsorship and approval of the director. The school currently has four student organizations: Allied Health Student Association, the Broadcast Student Association (only for students at the Fort Lauderdale campus), the City College Ambassadors, and the Private Investigator Student Association.[17]


City College was formerly accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. On December 12, 2016, John King Jr., the United States Secretary of Education, finalized the process of revoking the U.S. Department of Education's recognition of ACICS as an accreditor.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Education Department Establishes Enhanced Federal Aid Participation Requirements for ACICS-accredited Colleges". United States Department of Education. Press Release. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Peterson's (August 2007). Peterson's Two-Year Colleges (38th ed.). Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. pp. 138–139. ISBN 0-7689-2401-4. 
  4. ^ a b c "Programs". City College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  5. ^ a b "History". City College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ a b "History". City College Orlando. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Locations". City College. Archived from the original on 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  8. ^ "2007-2008 Catalog" (PDF). City College. pp. 37, 49–71. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  9. ^ D'Alessio, Margaret A. (transcriber) (2004-09-14). "City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Regular Meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board" (PDF). City of Fort Lauderdale. pp. 27–31. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Big Deals". Business Leader Magazine. December 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  11. ^ a b c "2007-2008 Catalog" (PDF). City College. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  12. ^ "2007-2008 Catalog" (PDF). City College. p. 28. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  13. ^ a b "2007-2008 Catalog". City College Orlando. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  14. ^ "Programs". City College Orlando. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Mission". City College. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  16. ^ "Mission". City College. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  17. ^ "2007-2008 Catalog" (PDF). City College. p. 27. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 

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