St Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL

Learn what degree programs St. Petersburg College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About St. Petersburg College

Located less than an hour away from Tampa, FL, St. Petersburg College (SPC) is located in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 1927, SPC was the first 2-year institution of higher education in Florida and now has 10 centers and campuses across Pinellas County.

With the exception of some limited enrollment programs, SPC has open admissions and requires only an application and a high school diploma or its equivalent for admittance. The school primarily offers degrees that can be earned in 2 years or less, but bachelor's degrees are also available. The school enrolled nearly 65,000 students in 2010-2011; roughly 70% were part-time.


SPC offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science programs, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science programs, an applied technology diploma program and 4 types of certificate programs. Students can choose from 17 bachelor's degree programs and more than 200 associate's degree programs in areas such as business, health sciences and legal studies. The school currently enrolls roughly 1,000 nursing students and 600 teaching students.

Additionally, the college offers nearly 70 certificate programs with various levels of education. Some programs, such as those for funeral arts, fire inspectors and paramedics, prepare students to take relevant Florida or national certification exams. Attendees also have access to courses at 16 colleges and universities through the University Partnership Center. Each year, more than 28,000 students take advantage of the school's online eCampus program, which offers roughly 3,500 individual courses and a variety of full programs at the bachelor's, associate's and certificate levels.


Prospective undergraduates can apply on SPC's website. Applications are due by June 13 for bachelor's degree programs and August 3 for associate's degree programs. Some programs, such as those for health sciences, have earlier deadlines. Students applying to bachelor's degree programs may be required to submit additional materials, such as occupational licenses or transcripts of prerequisite courses.

As of fall 2011, approximately 61% of SPC students were female, and 98% were Florida residents. The largest ethnic/racial groups were white (68%), African-American (14%) and Hispanic/Latino (8%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Florida residents pay $105.75 to $116.70 per credit hour, depending on the course level, and out-of-state residents pay $380.90 to $419.79. Additional fees apply for certain courses and are listed on the school's website. A tuition payment plan allows students to make up to 5 payments each semester. Students are also eligible for grants, scholarships and student employment through the college.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 33,128 undergraduates**
Student Housing No on-campus housing*
Schools and Programs Nearly 300 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Studies (2,590)
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (207)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 28% (students who started in Fall 2005)**
Application Due Date June 13 for bachelor's degree programs; August 3 for other programs*
Decision Notification Date Open admissions**
Tuition Base per-credit-hour rate is $105.75 for Florida students and $380.90 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (56%), state and local grants (29%), institutional grants or scholarships (25%), federal student loans (34%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *St. Petersburg College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, St. Petersburg College, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489
  • Phone: (727) 341-4772
  • Website:

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