Indian River State College (IRSC)

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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 healthcare 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 successful 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.

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.

Indian River State College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (772) 462-4772
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 16,942
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 9,401 (55% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $2,764
Out-of-state Tuition: $10,201
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 67%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,165

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Indian River State College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 43
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 963
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 531
Construction Trades 5
Education 125
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 106
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 15142
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 531
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 91
Precision Production 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Transportation and Materials Moving 2
Visual and Performing Arts 32
Grand total 824316

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Indian River State College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $2,764
Out-of-state $10,201
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 709 67%
Grant or scholarship aid 676 64% $6,165
Student loan aid 56 5% $3,575

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,313 38% $4,718
Federal student loans 964 6% $4,415

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Indian River State College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Indian River State College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Indian River State College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 16,942
Undergraduate enrollment 16,942
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Indian River State College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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