Edison State College

8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL

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Edison State College, located in Fort Myers, Florida, began operation as Florida State College in 1962, providing service and coverage to residents of the southwestern portion of the state. The school operates several campuses, providing additional coverage and acreage for the school to continue its goal of educating  residents and out of state students. The school was originally known as Edison Junior, the Edison COmmunity College and Edison College before settling on Edison State College as it became a member of the Florida College System, which itself has undergone recent changes in promoting previously two year institutions to four year institutions with the addition of a limited number of bachelor's degrees.

Edison State College offers degrees and training in a variety of fields, allowing students to choose a program or course of study that best fulfills their needs and goals. Transfer is made possible through the completion of the general studies program which prepare students for entry into a four year institution to continue their education in their desired area of study at four year institution. This is accomplished through the completion of the first two years of the bachelor's degree at the ESC, followed by transfer of credits and the student to the desired institution assuming transfer requirements are met.Transfer to a Florida College System institution will be easier than private or out of state schools. Students may also choose to participate in a career program that takes one to two years to complete and provides quality training in a vocational or technical field and prepares the student for entry into the workforce as a professional.

Bachelor degrees are obtained over the course of four years through the completion of lower and upper division courses, general education classes and electives. The number of programs available at this level of study are limited, though students may begin their studies in a field not offered at this level through the two year general studies program then transfer to a program at a different college that offers the desired major. Individuals in these programs will have stricter enrollment requirements which will be subject to review prior to enrollment, with a committee determining acceptance.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
As a primarily open enrollment institution, any individual wishing to enroll to participate in one year, two year, continuing education, transfer, or single course studies may do so through the completion and submission of the application for enrollment. Students will be asked to provide standardized test scores and transcripts if applicable, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration to determine the starting level for general education courses. Bachelor degree programs each have their own admissions guidelines and requirements, and as such interested students should contact the school or visit the website to determine if they qualify.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used to determine need, aid program eligibility, and the final awards package. Financial aid must be reapplied prior to the start of each academic year due to changing financial circumstances from year to year for a student and his or her family. Students may be randomly chosen to provide additional financial information in order to verify the FAFSA's accuracy due to new federal regulations for aid. Scholarships from sources other than the school may be applied for separately and are awarded for an extensive of reasons using varying criterion to determine winners. In addition, residents of Florida may be eligible for additional aid through state sponsored programs.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,400-$2,900
    • Out-of-State: $9,800-$11,700
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $81-$97 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $330-$390 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships57%$6,387
Receiving Student Loans24%$3,707

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Edison State College may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Florida, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Edison State CollegeLee CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate30.0%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate15.0%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1999)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1996)
    • Visit our Florida nursing schools page to see all 187 offered through the state
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2012)
    • Visit our Florida nursing schools page to see all 187 offered through the state
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1993)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Security and Protective Services

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