Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences

Adventist University of Health Sciences Enrollment Information

Located in Orlando, Florida, Adventist University of Health Sciences is a 4-year, private, hospital-run university focused on health services. It offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admissions information.

Is Adventist University of Health Sciences the School for You?

Formerly known as Florida Hospital College, Adventist University of Health Sciences takes advantage of its proximity to and relationship with the Florida Hospital in downtown Orlando. It's a private school that offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in nursing and health fields including sonography, radiology, anesthesia, and more.

Pros

  • Total cost, including room and board, was $14,697 less than the national average for students living on campus
  • Room and board for those living on campus during the 2012-2013 school year was $3,751 less than the national average for comparable schools
  • Acceptance rate is 32 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts dual and Advanced Placement credits

Cons

  • 4-year graduation rate for students starting a bachelor's degree program during 2005 was 23 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Low number of academic programs

Rankings & School Analysis

Adventist University of Health Sciences offers a good value for students interested in pursuing a career in the health services. The total cost for the 2012-2013 school year was $23,274 for those who chose to live on campus, reported the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This is much less than the average total cost for private, 4-year schools ($39,518) during that year.

While the school has a low number of academic programs, its focus on the health sciences allows students to immerse themselves in their chosen fields. The school also admitted 96% of students who applied in 2012, which is much higher than the average national acceptance rate of 63.8%.

Of the Adventist University students who started a bachelor's degree program in 2004, 50% finished within four years, reported the NCES, while only 17% of those who started in 2006 finished within four years. The average 4-year graduation rate is 40%.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Adventist University of Health Sciences

To gain admittance to the Adventist University of Health Sciences, you need to submit an application and a fee, a high school diploma, and transcripts from any schools previously attended. If you haven't completed 24 or more credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you also have to submit ACT or SAT scores. Applicants must also meet minimum GPA requirements: you need an unweighted high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and an unweighted cumulative GPA on any college coursework you've completed.

The application process is two steps. First, students apply to the general school, and once accepted, they apply to their desired program. To be admitted to a professional degree program, a career essay and letters of recommendation are required. Certain programs may also require applicants to pass a test.

To apply for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This helps schools and lending and granting agencies determine students' financial needs. Options include federal and state grants, work-study programs, and student loans. The school also offers several institutional and private scholarship options.

Application & Tuition Info
Application Deadline (2014-2015)July 1***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2014-2015)April 12***
Application Fee (2013)$20***
Acceptance Rate (2012)96%*
Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013)$23,274 on-campus
$29,000 off-campus*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011-2012)$3,9812 in grants
$7,294 in federal student loans*
% of Students with Needs Fully Met (2012) 1%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $25,362***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009)4.4%*

Life at Adventist University of Health Sciences

As a faith-based school, Adventist University of Health Sciences emphasizes ministry and service-learning work as part of their curriculum. Service-learning is a graduation requirement for associate's and bachelor's degree programs, and projects must be approved by the school. Each program has a minimum number of hours that must be completed.

A full 80% of Adventist University students were female in 2012, and most attend part-time, reported the NCES. While most programs are intensely hands-on, the school offers a couple of online or blended programs.

Student Life Info
Campus SettingMidsize City*
Student Population (2012)2,671 undergraduate, 95 graduate
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012)20% to 80%*
% of Full-Time Students (2012)23%*
% of In-State Students (2011)82%*
% of International Students (2011)0%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012)50% for full-time students*
Campus Housing AvailableYes*
Number of Libraries1**

Article Sources: National Center for Education Statistics*, Adventist University of Health Sciences**, College Board***

School Contact Information

  • Address: 671 Winyah Dr., Orlando, Florida 32803
  • Phone Number: (407) 303-9798