Doral College is a private non-profit institution of higher learning based in Doral, Florida. Since inception, Doral College has sought to make early college more accessible to minority high school students in South Florida. The College seeks to completely integrate the high school experience of qualified students by allowing them to earn Associate in Arts degrees in conjunction with their high school diplomas. Doral College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
The College opened on the campus of Doral Academy Charter High School to fulfill its mission of permitting students to make a seamless transition to college while still attending high school. The College entered into an agreement with the high school to provide college services through its Associate in Arts Degree Program. Students began to attend Doral College classes concurrently with their high school classes, working simultaneously toward both their high school diplomas and AA degrees through three instructional delivery models: face to face, online, and hybrid.
This program provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary to adapt to the career challenges of the 21st century. Its success is enhanced by its location within the nurturing environment of the students’ current school community and by the close, personalized attention given to the students.
To provide increased access to students of other high schools in settings comfortable to them, Doral College has also offered courses to students at other high-performing charter schools including Mater Academy Charter High School, Pinecrest Preparatory High School; Mater Academy Lakes High School; Sports Leadership and Management Academy Charter High School, Somerset Academy Silver Palms, International Studies Charter High School, and others.
Recently the College has further expanded its services—enrolling students from 20+ schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Jefferson, St. Lucie, Hillsborough and Monroe counties in the 2018-2019 academic year. What began with 70 student enrollments in Fall 2013, has now grown to 1,692 (Spring 2019 enrollment).
As enrollment has grown, and student and faculty needs evolved, so has the College’s emphasis on use of technology. Over 80% of the College’s student enrollments the 2018-2019 academic year were taken in an online or hybrid format–an increase of roughly 10% over the previous year. In addition, 75% of its academic program is offered online.
In response, the College has worked diligently to foster a digital learning ecosystem that connects faculty, staff, and students to enhance learning, collaboration, and community. The College has adopted and promoted modern learning tools and platforms that ensure digital connectivity and facilitate access to learning.
In 2014, the College graduated its first class of 22 students with Associate in Arts degrees. The second graduating class followed in 2015 with 11 students. The Class of 2016 included 29 students, while the Class of 2017 grew to 50. In 2019, the College graduated its largest class with 67 students from six different charter schools, including the first event graduates from iMater Middle/High School and Hialeah Educational Academy. Most recently, 49 students from seven affiliate schools became the Doral College Class of 2019.
All graduates have gone on to attend four-year institutions, many of which are considered some of the most prestigious in the country. Currently, Doral College graduates attend schools including Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, New York University, Cornell University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, and many others.
The first president of Doral College, who served from its inception until July of 2015, was Anitere Flores. The current president is Douglas Rodriguez.
Doral College is located in the city of Doral within Miami-Dade County. In 2019, the College moved to its new home at Doral Hall, a state-of-the-art facility with new labs, performance spaces, and administrative offices. It is located at 2525 NW 112th Ave Doral, FL 33172 on a multi-acre campus shared with Doral Academy Preparatory School. DAC is an award-winning public charter “A” school. Many of its students participate in the College’s dual enrollment program.
Doral College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).