St Petersburg College (SPC)

6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL

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St. Petersburg College (formerly St. Petersburg Junior College) is a state college that ranks among the top 10 community colleges in the Nation. Formerly a two-year institution, it now offers both associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees through its University Partnership Center (UPC).  St. Petersburg College (SPC) has nine learning sites in St. Petersburg and throughout Pinellas County.

SPC offers traditional on-campus programs as well as an "eCampus" program, allowing students to take hundreds of accredited courses online.

In addition to its academic degree programs, SPC offers Applied Technology Diplomas and professional certificates to prepare students for the workforce in more than 60 fields.


St. Petersburg College was founded in 1927 as Florida's first two-year college.  The college gained full accreditation in 1931. The private college became public in 1948.  It merged with Gibbs Junior College, which served African-American students, in 1965.


The SPC academic calendar follows the semester system, with a fall, spring and summer "term."

Colleges and Schools

The SPC has nine learning centers, but is not divided into academic colleges or schools.  It offers more than 200 majors as well as continuing education for professionals in the areas of health care, public safety, and teacher training.

Student Life

There are many resources for students at SPC, including student advising, tutoring, and career development.  Additionally, there are opportunities for volunteer service and study abroad programs.  There are numerous student clubs to join, and arts and culture events to enjoy; so interested students should consult the events calendar for upcoming performances and shows. The Clearwater, Downtown and EpiCenter campuses have campus cafes.  

There are Wellness Centers, which are workout facilities open to all students, available at the Allstate, Clearwater, St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs sites.


SPC athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including men's baseball and basketball, and women's basketball, softball, volleyball, and tennis.  Students may also try out for cheerleading.  Intramural sports are also available.  Interested students should visit the Student Life and Leadership Office on their campus.

Satellite Campuses

SPC has nine satellite campuses, or "learning sites," in and around St. Petersburg, as follows:

  • Tarpon Springs Campus (Tarpon Springs, FL)
  • Clearwater Campus (Clearwater, FL)
  • Epicenter (Largo, FL)
  • Seminole Campus (Seminole, FL)
  • Health Education Center (Pinellas Park, FL)
  • St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • SPC Downtown (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • SPC Midtown (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Allstate Center (St. Petersburg, FL)

Community Life

St. Petersburg College is proud of its many community partnerships.  There are joint-use libraries available at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Seminole campuses, which are made available through partnerships with the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole.  Through partnerships with local businesses, there are many collaborative professional programs available at the EpiCenter campus.  

The SPC Downtown Arts Cultural Center at the college's Downtown Center features the American Stage Theatre Company.  The Florida International Museum in downtown St. Petersburg is part of SPC.  Other SPC campus-based community offerings include the Florida Orchestra, The Palladium Theatre, The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, The Music Center, CoMotion Dance Theatre, The Crossroads Gallery, and the Planetarium.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 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 estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,500-$3,000
    • Out-of-State: $10,000-$12,150
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $110-$130 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $390-$470 per 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 Aid75%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$4,733
Receiving Student Loans29%$5,740

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, St Petersburg College may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for St Petersburg College, versus those community colleges in Florida, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 SPCPinellas CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate29.0%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate15.1%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1965)
  • Funeral Service Education Program
    • Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1994)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1970)
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  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2007)

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,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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