South Florida Community College: Narrative Description

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600 West College Dr.
Avon Park, FL 33825-9356
Tel: (863)453-6661; Admissions: (863)453-6661; Fax: (863)453-0165; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Florida Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 80-acre rural campus with easy access to Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando. Endowment: $3.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $1929 per student. Total enrollment: 2,076. Full-time: 813 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 1,263 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 4 other countries, 33% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I, ACT or Florida College Entry-Level Placement Test, CPT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1600 full-time, $52.82 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6000 full-time, $197.04 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $550 full-time. College room and board: $900.

Collegiate Environment: Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Activities Board, Cheerleaders Club, African-American Association, Future Educators. Major annual events: International Jamboree, Back to School Pool Party, Community College Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. Learning Resource Center with 42,000 books, 237 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $376,594. 284 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: An urban area in south central Florida; semitropical climate and a tourist center. Trains and buses serve the area. Citrus production is the main source of income. Part time employment is limited to eating establishments and grocery stores. Recreational activities are numerous; they include golfing, bowling, tennis, shuffleboard, water sports, hunting, fishing and camping. Avon Park has many active civic organizations. The annual International Jamboree and Cultural Series is a special event.

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