Daytona State College (often called Daytona State and DSC, for short) is a comprehensive public college located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school offers associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees along with various technical and career certificates and continuing education programs.
Daytona State is comprised of seven campuses and centers. In addition to the main Daytona Beach location, six other sites can be found throughout Volusia and Flagler counties. These include:
- DeLand campus
- Deltona campus
- New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater campus
- Flagler/Palm Coast campus
- Advanced Technology College
- News-Journal Center
A member of the Florida College System, DSC serves approximately 30,000 students each year. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Established in 1957 as Daytona Beach Junior College, the institution merged with Volusia County Community College in 1965 and became known as Daytona Beach Community College in 1971.
The community college received four-year college status when its first bachelor’s degree was offered in 2006. Yet another name change was approved in 2008, when the school received its current name of Daytona State.
Daytona State is comprised of the following departments:
- College of Business Administration
- College of Technology
- College of Health and Public Services
- College of Workforce and Continuing Education
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Education
- Online Programs
- Honors College
Students can pursue a wide variety of programs and degrees, including the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science certificate, Associate of Science degree, Applied Tech diplomas and Vocational Certificates, Bachelor of Applied Science, and the Bachelor of Science.
DSC is a true pillar of its community. Adult Education programs, such as adult high school, GED preparation, and English for Speakers of Other Languages, are also offered at the college.
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Eligible Daytona State students have the chance to study abroad for college credit. Study abroad programs to exciting destinations such as Haiti and Spain are arranged by DSC’s Global Education and Affairs office.
Current high school students who meet GPA and standardized test score requirements may be eligible for the college’s Dual Enrollment program, which offers the ability to earn high school and college credit concurrently at no cost. Dual enrollment courses are offered during school, after school, and in the summer.
DSC became a tobacco-free college on August 1, 2013. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited on all campuses and properties owned by the college.
Daytona State has an open admissions policy that gives all students the ability to pursue higher education. Admission is granted to all applicants with a Florida public high school diploma, GED equivalent, or documentation of home schooling. Applicants who attended private schools or out-of-state high schools will be considered for admittance if the diploma is considered equivalent.
Applicants must submit a completed admissions application online or by mail, fax, or in person. Official high school transcripts or GED transcripts are also required. Current high school students must submit current transcripts and supply DSC with final transcripts upon graduation.
Transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. International students will need official grade transcripts, proof of English proficiency, and an official bank letter verifying that the applicant has enough finances to cover tuition and other college expenses.
Applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree must possess an associate’s degree must have 60 college credit hours and a minimum of 15 hours of transferable credits. Prospective students to the bachelor’s program will also need at least a 2.0 grade point average in their associate degree program courses.
Most admitted students are required to take a placement test to ensure appropriate class placement. Students may be excused from this requirement if they have earned specific standardized test scores determined by DSC or completed college-level English and/or college-level math courses.
All students seeking financial assistance paying for their education must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be completed online.
Grants, loans, scholarships, and work study programs are types of financial aid offered at Daytona State. Some of these specific programs include the Pell Grant, Federal Supplement Education Opportunity Grant, Florida Student Assistance Grant, Daytona State Need Grant, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant. The Florida Work Experience Program is just one example of the work study offers available.
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A variety of clubs and organizations are available on campus. Students can work out at fitness center and aquatic center or participate in intramural sports. The co-curricular activities department, which collaborates with professors and instructors to enhance learning outside the classroom, provides a variety of leadership and student success activities throughout the year.
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The Daytona State Falcolns compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Suncoast Conference. Sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and women’s golf, softball, and volleyball.
In addition to competitive sports, DSC also offers an extensive intramural sports program.
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