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Daytona State College

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Local Community

Roughly 50 miles northeast of Orlando, Daytona Beach, Florida is a popular tourist city on the Atlantic Ocean that attracts over 10 million visitors each year, including college students on Spring Break and motorcycle enthusiasts who attend the city’s famous Bike Week and Biketoberfest. NASCAR fans flock to the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 and other popular races.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 14 0.08
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 559 0.90
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 37 0.06
Robbery 236 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 994 1.61
Larceny 2,899 4.69
Vehicle theft 375 0.61

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population34,117 (34,117 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,000 (2.13 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,395
Families6,597 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
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 required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1206

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3141st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,134 $3,134 $12,204
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $187 $187 $187
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $104 $104 $407
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 $4,521 $4,521 $13,591
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,621 $13,621 $22,691
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,845 $6,845 $15,915

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,134 $3,371 $3,134 $3,371 $11,656 $12,441
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(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 $10,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,400(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,624(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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2270th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,100 ($61,075 male / $55,946 female)
Number of FT Faculty 297 (150 male / 147 female)
Number of PT Faculty 800
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,058,893

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