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State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota

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About the State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota

The State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota (SCF) is a 4-year public institution operating 3 Florida campuses. The main campus is located in Bradenton, and the auxiliary campuses are in Lakewood and Venice. The school was established in 1957, and SCF has awarded roughly 40,000 certificates and degrees to its students since 1960. The college is focused on training students for the workforce and for transfer to other institutions.


The State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota offers more than 50 certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees through 13 academic divisions. The divisions cover a wide variety of areas, including health fields, humanities, music, business, social and natural sciences and theatre. The school operates career and technical education programs in construction management, computer science, education and graphic and digital media. SCF also has online and blended courses available. For the class graduating in 2010-2011, the most popular fields of study were liberal arts and health professions.


SCF has an open admissions policy. Students can apply for admission on the college's website. In addition to the application, students must submit their high school transcript and any transcripts from other institutions at which they have studied. Particular programs may have additional admission and application requirements.

While standardized test scores are not required for admission, students can submit them to the admissions office instead of sitting for placement testing. Standardized test scores must be from within 2 years of applying to SCF. If students do not submit test scores, they must schedule and sit for testing prior to enrolling. An orientation session is also mandatory for incoming students. For the Fall 2012 semester, applications were accepted until August 13, 2012, and classes began on August 20.

The school accepts certain Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits as long as a student meets specific score requirements.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at SCF varies by residency and course level. For the 2012-13 school year, Florida residents paid $102.48 per credit hour for 2-year programs and $113.64 per credit hour for baccalaureate programs. For the same year, nonresidents paid $386.52 per credit hour for 2-year programs and $443.64 per credit hour for baccalaureate programs.

Financial aid is available to students through federal loans and grants as well as various scholarships. There are a variety of scholarships available through the SCF Foundation. Students must fill out a separate application to apply for these scholarships. In 2011, only 1% of full-time beginning undergraduates received aid through the college. A full list of available scholarships and corresponding requirements and deadlines is available on the SCF Foundation website.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 11,349 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs 13 departments, about 55 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (1,312)
Bachelor's: Registered nursing/registered nurse (33)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For the class beginning in 2005: 32% within 150% of the normal program time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Undergraduate Application Deadline August 13, 2012 for the Fall 2012 semester; selective programs have varying deadlines**
Entering Class Size 1,973 students in 2011*
First Year Retention Rates For students enrolled in an Associate of Arts program: 64.1% in 2011*
Tuition (2012-2013) For Florida residents: $102.48 per credit hour for 2-year programs, and $113.64 per credit hour for baccalaureate programs
For non-residents: $386.52 per credit hour for 2-year programs, and $443.64 per credit hour for baccalaureate programs**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (56%), state/local government grants and scholarships (56%), institutional grants and scholarships (1%), student loan aid (30%)*
Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid of Any Type 84% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota.

School Contact Information:

  • Address: 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207
  • Phone: (941) 752-5050
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