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3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
p. 772-462-4772
w. www.irsc.edu

Indian River State College

Indian River State College Rating: 4.0/5 (15 votes)

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Introduction

Indian River State College, known to students and locals as IRSC or the pronunciation of the acronym, “the ersk,” is a state college based in Ft. Pierce. It is a member of the Florida College System.

While the school’s main campus is located in Ft. Pierce, branch campuses can be found in the nearby towns of Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and Vero Beach. Classes and training are also offered at other facilities in the surrounding area as well as online.

History

Founded in 1959 as Indian River Junior College, the institution went through multiple name and location changes before beginning its transition to a four-year college. IRSC received its current name in 2008.

Academics

IRSC is committed to student success. The school offers over 150 programs that can lead to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates, and Applied Technology Diplomas. Recently-added programs of study that have become popular with students include math and science teacher education, exceptional student education, nursing, management, public safety, and healthcare administration.

The college offers a Dual Enrollment program that allows local area high school students to get a head start on their college careers. An impressive 70% of the area’s college-bound high school seniors also attend IRSC following their high school graduation.

Working adults with established careers attend classes for continuing education and training purposes, or to pursue new career paths.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Adult Education Program gives adult learners the chance to earn a high school diploma or GED or learn how to speak English.

The Knight Center for Emerging Technologies has become known as one of the best technology learning centers in the nation.

Admissions

The college has an open admissions policy that accepts all students with a high school diploma or its equivalent, allowing anyone who is interested in pursuing higher education to do so at a reasonable cost.

Prospective students must fill out the IRSC application, which can be completed online, and submit official transcripts from all high schools or post-secondary institutions attended along with official ACT or SAT scores. All Indian River students are assigned a counselor upon acceptance and required to attend a new student orientation.

Requirements may vary for international students and students wishing to take classes for the simple benefit of learning rather than college credit. The college’s Student Success Services staff prides itself on assisting all applicants with his or her admissions, advising, career choice, and financial aid needs and can help answer questions that prospective students may have.

Financial Aid

The school has been named one of the most affordable regional colleges in the South by U.S. World and News Report and ranked as one of the most affordable colleges in the nation by the Department of Education. Despite its affordability compared to the cost of most four-year universities, financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Students looking to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. The FAFSA must be completed each year that students are in school, and it is advisable to fill it out as soon as possible when it becomes available each January.

IRSC students may be able to receive aid in the form of grants, student loans, and scholarships. Grants may include the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. State-funded scholarships offered through the college include Florida Bright Futures, the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, the Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund, and the Seminole/Miccosukee Indian Scholarship. Students may also be able to receive private scholarships.

Special types of aid are available for active military personnel and veterans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5846th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Florida.

Students

The college serves over 32,000 students each year. In addition to academic classes and career training, students can also benefit from their time at IRSC outside the classroom. There are numerous school-recognized clubs and organizations for students, including a student government that acts as the voice of the students.

Facilities on campus are also enjoyable for students as well as the local community. The school hosts a fine art gallery where students may showcase their own works of art. The McAlpin Performing Arts Center is a great place to catch the annual arts series. The Hallstrom Planetarium is also located on the Indian River campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Indian River Pioneers participate in intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Aquatics Club

The swim teams at Indian River have won more than 30 consecutive NJCAA swimming championships. Several Indian River alumni and former student athletes have gone on to play professional sports.

Local Community

Fort Pierce, Florida is located on the Atlantic Ocean. The city offers many points of interest including the Heathcote Botanical Gardens and the St. Lucie County Historical Museum.

Accreditation

The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 105th in Florida and 539th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 253 0.60
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.03
Forcible Rape 24 0.06
Robbery 194 0.46
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 798 1.89
Larceny 1,676 3.98
Vehicle theft 115 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population3,263 (2,815 urban / 448 rural)
Households1,185 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,415
Families811 (3.08 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1223

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance Learning
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3414th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2012-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,376 $2,376 $9,072
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $258 $258 $816
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $99 $99 $378
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,634 $3,634 $10,888
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,354 $10,354 $17,608
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $4,654 $4,654 $11,908

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,246 $2,452 $2,246 $2,452 $8,268 $9,186
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2012-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,020(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,020(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 43 516 436 61 13 2,482 60 3,630
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 3 5 11
Accounting and Related Services, Other 1 2 3
Agriculture, General 1 5 6
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Aquaculture 2 2 4
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 7 1 12
Barbering/Barber 1 5 2 8
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Blood Bank Technology Specialist
Business Administration and Management, General 19 12 50 1 83
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 4 26 15 1 122 168
Carpentry/Carpenter
Child Care Provider/Assistant 8 10 12 31
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 1
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 1 1 6 10
Commercial and Advertising Art 5 5 2 32 1 45
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 2 8 6 22 38
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 3 3
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 8 8
Corrections 10 7 1 40 60
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 3 2 1 44 3 53
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7 9 33 1 50
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 11 12 1 1 87 1 115
Dental Assisting/Assistant 6 1 24 31
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 6 9
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 2 2 2 5 12
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 2 3 1 7
Education, Other 1 10 7 1 53 4 76
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 24 6 1 72 3 108
Electrician 1 1
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 9 18 2 154 1 184
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 17 8 1 65 1 93
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1 1
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1 3 1 31 36
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 2 5 30 37
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 10 10 1 59 2 82
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 8 3 2 41 55
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 2
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 15 5 3 12 1 36
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 4 6
Housing and Human Environments, Other
Interior Architecture 2 1 8 2 13
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 6 4 10
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 6 3 21 1 31
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 24 181 179 25 3 932 25 1,376
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 16 2 2 28 1 50
Lineworker
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 4 2 1 26 35
Mason/Masonry
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 15 1 18
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 3 1 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 4 9 13
Medical/Clinical Assistant 5 2 2 18 27
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 5 12 1 1 23 43
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 2 3 5
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 2 8 1 14
Office Management and Supervision 3 4 5 12
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 4 1 12 17
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 1 1
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 7 1 15 23
Public Administration
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 15 14 4 1 119 3 158
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 2 1 6 11
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1 7 9
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 4 5
Security and Loss Prevention Services 1 49 15 2 2 78 3 152
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 1 15 18
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 1 7 9
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 9 2 1 2 64 1 79
Turf and Turfgrass Management 1 6 7
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Welding Technology/Welder

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 690th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2012-09-20
Tenure system
Average FT Salary $74,487 ($75,506 male / $73,665 female)
Number of FT Faculty 197 (88 male / 109 female)
Number of PT Faculty 744
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,622,320

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