Seminole State College of Florida is a public state college with four campuses in Central Florida, United States. Seminole State is the eighth-largest member institution of the Florida College System. The University was founded in 1965, when he Florida State Legislature signed a charter creating "Seminole Junior College." The college opened in August 1966 with 700 students at a former citrus grove in Seminole County, near U.S. Route 17/92 and County Road 427 (Ronald Reagan Blvd.) between the cities of Lake Mary and Sanford. By October 1971, Seminole Junior College's enrollment had exceeded 7,000, and by 1975, Seminole Junior College became "Seminole Community College", with enrollment reaching 14,161. In 2006, Seminole Community College partnered with the University of Central Florida to launch "DirectConnect to UCF", which guarantees Seminole Community College (SCC) graduates admission to the university, as well as academic advising by university counselors. In September 2009, the SCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion to rename the institution "Seminole State College of Florida," eight months after the introduction of the institution's first state-approved bachelor's degree program, the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in interior design. As of 2011, the college serves over 30,000 students, full-time and part-time, and is also one of the largest employers in Seminole County.
According to an October 2007 article from the Florida Department of Education, Seminole State ranked 13 out of 15 Florida community colleges in terms of the number of Associate's Degrees awarded. Seminole Junior College opened in 1966. Seven-hundred students paid $5 per credit hour to further their educations. Initial class offerings included accounting, business, English I and II, journalism, Spanish, math, science and speech, among others. Construction began in 1968 on the Campus’ first permanent structures. On July 1, 1975, Seminole Junior College became Seminole Community College. By the end of the college’s first decade, enrollment had increased to 14,161. After receiving a $2.5 million donation from the Central Florida Auto Dealers’ Association, SCC opened its $10.1 million Automotive Training Center in January 2007. The Center of Economic Development at Heathrow opened in Fall 2007. On September 21, 2009, the Board of Trustees, with permission from the Florida Legislature and input from students, changed the name of the college from Seminole Community College to Seminole State College of Florida, since it is now offering bachelor’s degrees in addition to associate degrees. The college has an endowment of US$24.6 million as of June 2010.
The report ranked United States community colleges by various categories, including total Associate’s Degrees awarded, and Associate's to African Americans and Hispanics. The article stated that 15 Florida community colleges ranked among the top 100 colleges in the United States, in terms of numbers of Associate's Degrees awarded, with Miami Dade College at number 1 and Valencia Community College at number 3. Two other Central Florida schools, Brevard Community College and Daytona Beach Community College, were 27th and 59th respectively. Seminole Community College ranked 71 out of 100 in total Associate's Degrees awarded during the period. Seminole State did not rank in the top 100 with regard to Associate's conferred upon Hispanics or African Americans.
Seminole State offers over 40 clubs and organizations including the Environmental Club, the Hispanic Student Association and the African American Cultural Forum. The college also sponsors a student run Government Association that is the voice of the students.
The school offers a healthy dose of fine arts activities, with an art gallery on campus that showcases work by the students and a dramatic theatre that is open to the public. The Encore! Music Series presented by the school, features performances by the Seminole State Gospel Choir and also the Concert Chorale. Seminole State College of Florida has produced thousands of alumni over the years. The most notable alumni of Seminole State College of Florida are Mikael Pernfors the former professional tennis player, John Hart the former general manager of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, Rob Ducey the former Major League Baseball player and olympian, and Doug Marlette the pulitzer prize winning cartoonist.
Courses provided by the University are as follows:
- Architecture, Engineering and Construction
- Energy and Automotive technology
- Art, digital Cinema and Digital Media
- Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship
- Computer science and Information Technology
- Liberal Arts
- Performing Arts
- Public Safety
- Science and Math
Seminole State College has developed an array of financial aid programs and financing options designed to respond to students' varying economic circumstances. Even with assistance, paying for college is not easy; however, the various programs can make it manageable. Seminole State's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is eager to work with students and their families to develop a strategy for making college affordable.
At Seminole State College of Florida, it takes pride in its student-athletes' performances in the classroom, in the community, as well as on the course or field.
Each year, student-athletes participate in numerous community projects and are consistently named to the All-Conference and All-State academic teams. They also frequently qualify for tournaments at the state and national levels. No matter what happens in competition, our Athletics Program remains committed to helping students succeed in their everyday lives.
Seminole State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Mid-Florida Conference (MFC). Seminole State College's bookstores stock books for all courses. Used and rental textbooks, when available, are offered at a reduced price. Reference books and extra reading materials are carried in open stock. School supplies, computer software, College merchandise and other miscellaneous items are also available.