Indian River State College

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Indian River State College (abbreviated IRSC) is a public, four-year, state college located in Fort Pierce, Florida that offers a large selection of undergraduate degree programs. Most students at IRSC come from the surrounding counties of St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee. In addition to its main campus in Ft. Pierce, IRSC has campuses in St. Lucie West, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Vero Beach, and Stuart.

IRSC offers several associate degree programs and nine bachelor's degrees in various fields of study including teacher education, exceptional student education, nursing, public safety administration, nursing, and health care management. Indian River College is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.

Established in 1959 as Indian River Junior College, the college moved to its current digs in 1963 after the city of Fort Pierce donated the site for that purpose. The name was changed in 1970, when the Board of Trustees decided that it should be more reflective of the college's service to the community; this was part of a greater national trend for public junior colleges to eschew the word "junior" for "community". The name was changed to Indian River Community College and amended to Indian River State College in 2008 as part of a transition into a four-year institution.

The school's mascot is the Pioneer. Its campus occupies an 87-acre site that was formerly the Fort Pierce landfill site.


IRSC offers both associate and bachelor's degrees, having recently added nine of the latter in the following fields:

  • Middle and secondary school teacher education in math and science
  • Exceptional student education
  • Nursing
  • Organizational management
  • Public safety administration
  • Healthcare management

Accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school also offers educational programs, including applied technology diplomas, and technical certificates, in addition to an adult high school program.

IRSC's dual enrollment program, in conjunction with the state, lets students take college classes at a discounted rate while attending a public high school. The school is the site of the Clark Advanced Learning Center, a technology-based high school that is a joint effort with the Martin County School District.

The American Association of Community Colleges and the Center for Digital Education tapped the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies as no. 1 in technology in the nation for mid-sized colleges.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A wide range of financial aid options is offered to IRSC students. These include:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Florida Student Assistance Grants
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Work-Study Program
  • Federal Direct Student Loans

All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Federal aid recipients are subject to satisfactory academic progress guidelines and must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.


Known as the Pioneers, IRSC college athletic teams are particularly known for their diving and swimming athletes. Indian River men's swimming has won 39 straight National Junior College Athletic Asociation swimming championships and the women's team has garnered 31 straight national championships.

Alumni now in the Major Leagues include Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants, John Venters of the Atlanta Braves, and Steve Pearce of the Houston Astros.

Library System

The Miley Library serves as IRSC's main library. The Chastain Campus Morgade Library is a joint-use facility operated in cooperation with the Martin County Library System. The Dixon Hendry Library Collection houses a wide range of frequently used materials, while the Mueller Campus Brackett Library is a joint-use facility operated with the Indian River County Library System. Finally, the Pruitt Campus Library is a joint-use library operated with the St. Lucie County Library System.

Student Housing

There is no on-campus housing at IRSC. Students are responsible for arranging their own living quarters.

General Information

Admission Office
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
(772) 462-4740
(866) 866-4722
Fax: (772) 462-4699
Contact: Karen Chapdelaine
Director of Admissions
Main Address
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
(772) 462-4700
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,464

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements
Testing and academic records determine admission to health science programs.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $1,756 $1,983 $2,246 $2,452 +9.17%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,756 $2,983 $3,246 $3,452 +6.35%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 872 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 782 59% $2,994,697 $3,830
– Federal grants 459 35% $1,715,669 $3,738
– Pell grants 459 35% $1,578,556 $3,439
– Other federal grants 217 16% $137,113 $632
Local and state government scholarships or grants 481 36% $916,275 $1,905
Institutional scholarships or grants 188 14% $362,753 $1,930
Student loan financial aid 198 15% $685,853 $3,464
– Federal student loans 198 15% $685,853 $3,464
– Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOC/PHD AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 137 1883 1219
Agriculture, General 11 7
Aquaculture 6
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 5 1
Turf and Turfgrass Management 6
Architecture and Related Services 6 4
Interior Architecture 6 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 95 65 144
Accounting and Related Services, Other 7
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 5
Business Administration and Management, General 46
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 95
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 103
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 5 1
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 23
Office Management and Supervision 8
Restaurant/Food Services Management 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12 1
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 1
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 12
Construction Trades, General
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Education 31 103
Biology Teacher Education
Education, Other 103
Mathematics Teacher Education 9
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 12
Engineering Technology, General 69 32
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 3 2
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 6
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 3
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 7
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 8 5
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 40 24
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 2
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 11 264 332
Blood Bank Technology Specialist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 10
Dental Assisting/Assistant 9 10
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 10
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 7
Dietitian Assistant
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 29 203
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 5 8
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 69
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 6
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist 10
Medical/Clinical Assistant 12
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 7
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 17
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 18
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 11 136 6
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 11
Surgical Technology/Technologist 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 60 390
Corrections 78
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 36
Criminal Justice/Police Science 63
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 24
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 141
Security and Loss Prevention Services 108
Human Services, General 1
Public Administration 1
Legal Studies, General 22 3
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1334
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1334
Mechanics and Repairers, General 23
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 23
Personal and Culinary Services 77
Barbering/Barber 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 38
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 19
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 19
Precision Production Trades, General
Welding Technology/Welder
Transportation and Materials Moving 83
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 83
Visual and Performing Arts 15 3
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art 15 3
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Work and Family Studies 24 17
Child Care Provider/Assistant 24 15
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 2
Housing and Human Environments, Other

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business Technology A
Turf Management A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General A
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Interior Design A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business Administration/Management A
Hospitality Administration/Management A
Information Processing/Data Entry C
Management Information Systems A
Office Management A
Organizational Management Specialization B
Sales and Distribution A

Communications & Journalism
Public Relations A

Communications Technologies
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Graphics A
Computer Programming – General A
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Computer Systems Analysis A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Data Processing Technology C
Information Technology A
Web/Multimedia Design A

Construction Trades
Carpentry C
Electrician C
Plumbing C

Early Childhood Education A
Education – General A
Elementary Education A
Exceptional Student Education B
Middle Grades Mathematics B
Middle Grades Science B
Secondary Education A
Secondary Biology B
Secondary Mathematics B

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Drafting A
Civil Engineering/Technology A
Construction/Building Technologies A
Electrical Engineering Technologies A

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management C
Child Development C
Institutional Food Production C

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Assistant C
Dental Hygiene A
Dental Laboratory Technology A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Health Care Management Specialization B
Medical Administrative Assistant C
Medical Assistant C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Administration A
Medical Records Technology A
Medical Transcription A
Nursing (RN) A,B
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistant C
Physical Therapy Assistant A
Predentistry A
Premedicine A
Prepharmacy A
Preveterinary Medicine A
Respiratory Therapy A
Surgical Technology C

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies
Legal Administrative Assistant A
Paralegal/Legal Assistant A
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Library Science
Library Assistant A

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies A

Personal & Culinary Services
Aesthetics/Skin Care C
Barbering C
Cosmetology C
Culinary Arts/Related Services C
Manicure/Nails C
Restaurant/Catering Management A

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Physics A

Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services
Human Services A

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies A
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A
Fire Science/Firefighting C
Police Science C
Public Safety Administration Specialization B
Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Economics A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Transportation & Materials Moving
Construction/Earthmoving Equipment C
Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Operation C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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