Everest University - South Orlando Campus
Everest University - South Orlando
Everest University’s South Orlando campus is located in the Greater Orlando metropolitan region in Florida and serves both Orange and Osceola counties. This vibrant, active campus aims to create a successful learning environment not only for its students, but also for its employees by understanding that if employees are happy, students can benefit from a quality education.
Opened in 1987 as the former Orlando College, this campus is one of Everest's largest facilities with 60,000 square feet on just one floor and is approximately a quarter-mile long from one end of the facility to the other.
Another vital campus initiative is to connect with local neighborhoods in an effort to impact at the community level. It begins with dedicated members of the Everest team and its students by working in every direction to be a partner in the community.
Each year the staff and students, including the student ambassadors, observe and participate in a variety of awareness and fundraising activities including:
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Toys for Tots
- Holiday food drives for students and those in need in the community
- Orange County Education Foundation's Golf Tournament (platinum sponsor)
- Orange County Education Foundation's Read to Succeed(Ambassadors go into the elementary schools and read to the kids)
- When available, participation in the Florida Workforce Development program for those trying to re-establish themselves in a new career
- And more…
High School Initiatives
In an effort to bring awareness of Everest University programs and activities, the South Orlando campus is working with local and alternative high schools with presentations by campus representatives as well as busing students to the campus for a day of activities and tours.
Tutoring sessions are scheduled to help Everest students with general education efforts, review of classes for special certifications and licensing, and college algebra. Tutoring is also available on an as-needed basis for specific classes and programs.
Community and Program Related Initiatives
Efforts by South Orlando's health care students participate in a variety of efforts within the community. In addition to observing several health care observances, both in October, the campus supports the community in other ways as throughout the year.
- Medical Assistant students work with local physicians to perform physicals for a variety of health activities
- Massage Therapy students provide massages at such events as Make A Wish Foundation where kids and parents stay
- Massage Therapy students also provide a courtesy service to local high school track and field events
- Employees participate in the annual OUC Half Marathon & 5K and the Elf Classic Running Festival events each year
- Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce)
- Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
- West Orange Chamber of Commerce
- Central Florida Better Business Bureau
- Florida Education Foundation
- Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC)
- Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (formerly Career Colleges Association)
- February: Valentine’s Day — cards and candy passed out
- March: Saint Patrick's Day — "Wearing of the Green" with themes or costumes
- October: Halloween Spooktactular costume party for campus and high school students
- October: Fright Night Haunted House inviting students from local high schools
- November: Thanksgiving potluck for employees
- Various campus-based Holiday activities
- Angel Tree Toy Drive by the student ambassadors (sponsoring local families)
- Everest's version of American Idol with winner performing at graduation
The campus is located very close to a number of interesting theme parks, sports franchises, and other regional interests including:
- Downtown Orlando
- Orange County Convention Center
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Sea World Orlando
- Walt Disney World Resort and Theme Parks
- Amway Center and Arena — Home of the Orlando Magic NBA Franchise and the Orlando Predators’ Arena Football Team
- Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge, home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament
Public Transportation and Routes
Online Courses AvailableWhether on campus, online or both, Everest has program options to fit your schedule. (Not all programs are available online. Programs and schedules vary by campus.)
- Lynx Bus System, part of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, provides three different routes — Link 37 (Park Promenade Plaza/Florida Mall), Link 42 (International Drive/Orlando International Airport), and Link 57 (John Young Parkway) — with transfer points along the routes.
- Major freeways and access routes include:
- Florida Turnpike
- Florida 528 / Martin Anderson Beachline (B-Line) Expressway) Toll Road
- Interstate 4 (I-4)
- W. Sand Lake Road
- S. John Young Parkway
- Orlando International Airport
- Kissimmee Amtrak Station
Programs offered at this campus: