St. Petersburg College (SPC) alumni rank first in Florida for earning the highest entry wages among state community college graduates. SPC was founded in 1927 as St. Petersburg Junior College, Florida's first two-year college. Access, excellence and student support are the hallmarks of St. Petersburg College. Regionally accredited and nationally recognized, SPC was the first state college in Florida to offer bachelor’s degrees. St. Petersburg College offers more than 180 degree and certificate programs of study, and many high-demand, high-skill industry-recognized workforce certifications. We offer a career-focused curriculum created in conjunction with industry experts to ensure our students are able to meet the needs of today’s employers.
St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Certain academic programs are also accredited or approved by individual state and national organizations.
SPC is one of 28 state colleges in Florida. Learn more about the college's leadership, initiatives, budgets, legislative updates, committees and professors emeriti.
Community and Civic Partners
St. Petersburg College is proud of its strong partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, municipalities and non-profit groups.
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By the Numbers
With 11 learning sites and more than 53,000 students enrolled annually, SPC serves a diverse base of students. See the college's latest enrollment statistics or download our annual Fact Book.
St. Petersburg College (SPC), founded in 1927, is Florida's first two-year college. Regionally accredited and nationally recognized, SPC was the first community college in Florida to offer bachelor’s degrees.
SPC offers 11 locations throughout Pinellas County to meet the needs of a varied and growing population.
Mission, Visionary Commitments and Values
Learn about the college's mission, visionary commitments and values.
Titus the Titan Mascot
At SPC, we prepare people for greatness so that they can go on to be titans in their fields, hence our mascot, the Titan.
SPC is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities and employment. Learn more about other policies and laws the college complies with.
Awards and Honors
St. Petersburg College ranked among Top 10 in Florida in 2020 U.S. News & World Report for Best Online ProgramsSt. Petersburg College (SPC) is ranked in the top tier of Florida schools listed by U.S. News & World Report as the 2020 Best Online Programs for Veterans and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The college placed second in both categories among Florida College System (FCS) institutions that participated in the rankings. In Florida, SPC was […]
Growing up in Syracuse, New York, St. Petersburg College’s Engineering Technology Program Director Lara Sharp came from a science-minded family. Her mother and grandmother were nurses, her father a science teacher and grandfather a math teacher. So when her seventh-grade math teacher invited her to take an exam that would allow her to take a […]
On September 5, 2019, St. Petersburg College (SPC) held its first Grant Manager Award ceremony. Five grant managers were recognized for their leadership on projects ranging from federal to locally funded projects. “Implementing a grant-funded program adds a level of complexity, as one faces challenges that can be difficult to manage, especially at an institution […]
SPC is ranked first in Florida and sixth in the nation among associate colleges for sending students abroad, according to the Institute of International Education 2018 Open Doors Report. Over the last year, more than 150 SPC students have traveled to other countries while earning college credit.
Dr. Ramona Kirsch, Director of the Center for International Programs, celebrated the report naming SPC among leading institutions for study abroad education and emphasized the importance of out-of-classroom experience for students.