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5001 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, FL 32177
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Saint Johns River State College

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St. Johns River State College was formerly known as Saint Johns River Community College.


The St. Johns River State College’s original mission was to be a two-year community college, but the school began awarding four-year degrees in 2011.

The college has four campuses, which are spread out over four counties. The Palatka campus is located in Putnam County, the St. Augustine Campus is located in St. John’s County, the Orange Park campus resides in Clay County, and the Florida School of the Arts is located at the Palatka campus. The main campus sits on more than ninety acres and enrolls an average of 7,200 students.

Students can choose from a variety of programs, and the college awards degrees in accounting, business, childcare training, computer programs, criminal justice, drafting, early childhood education, educator preparation, emergency medical services, health care, nursing, marketing, office management and administration, teacher certification, and fire science technology.

The Florida School of the Arts, also known as FloArts, was opened in 1976. It is accredited along with St. Johns River State College. FloArts is the first art school sponsored by the state of Florida. Florida School of the Arts offers students the opportunity to concentrate in fields such as visual art, acting, dance, musical theater, and theater production/design.

St. Johns River State College also offers distance learning through online courses. Nursing is the most popular area of study on campus, followed by business, computer sciences and criminal justice. More students earn associate of arts degrees than any other two degrees combined.

Most Popular Fields of Study


St. Johns River State College has an open admissions policy. The only admission requirements are set by state law. The first phase of the admission process is to determine each student’s classification. Students wishing to attend must fill out an application and submit an application fee. Students then participate in orientation, testing and registration. It’s important to note that some students may need to take college prep courses.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify and about 65 percent of students at St. Johns River State College receive some sort of financial aid, with 30 percent receiving federal grants, 15 percent receiving institutional aid, and 13 percent with student loans.

There are a number of scholarhips available to students. The Pilot Club of St. Augustine sponsors the Alice Elkins Dental Scholarship. Students studying fire science technology or emergency medial services are eligbible for the Alyn E. Pope Scholarship. If a student’s parents do not have a bachelor’s degree, they are eligible for the Bank of America Dream Makers scholarship. There are also scholarships for nursing students, deaf students, minorities, residents of the counties where St. Johns River is located, and others based on GPA.

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There are a number of different clubs on three of the four St. Johns River campuses. On the Palatka campus, there is a Black Student Union, Dance Club, Debate Club, Math Club and a Student Government Association, among others. For the Orange Park Campus, students can choose from clubs like the Campus Crusade for Christ, the Chess Club, the College Democrats Club, the Horseback Riding Club, the Mom’s Study Club and the Writer’s Society, along with a host of others. At the St. Augustine campus there are a number of clubs, including the Art Club, Cycling Club, Deaf Awareness Club, Nature Club, Sailing Club, Table Tennis Club.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


St. Johns River State College is a member of the Florida Community College Activities Association. The association was founded in 1965 to provide opportunities for smaller schools within the state to play sports against each other. The college is also a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The school’s nickname is the Vikings.

There are four sports teams at St. Johns River. The baseball team began play in 1961, and has won a number of Mid-Florida Conference Championships. For 30 years, it was coached by John Tindall, whose teams won 591 games. The college’s baseball complex is named after him.

The basketball team was founded in 1958, and has made a number of state playoff appearances. The softball team was founded in 1985, first as a slow-pitch team. Later, the team became a fast-pitch team so it could compete in the Mid-Florida Conference, which is regarded as one of the most competitive fast-pitch leagues in the country. There is also a women’s volleyball team, which experienced some success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Local Community

St. Johns River’s main campus is in Palatka, Florida, a city in Putnam County. It has a population of 10,796. Palatka is known for the festivals it holds each year, including the Florida Azalea Festival, the Blue Crab Festival, and the Artober Festival.

The Azalea Festival is a festival held at the Ravine Gardens State Park in March, with visitors coming out to see 100,000 blooming plants in various colors. There is also the Blue Crab Festival, which features cook-offs, beauty pageants, and arts and crafts. The Artober Festival is an arts and crafts festival held on the St. Johns Riverfront at the Palatka Memorial Park.

The school is named after the St. Johns River, which is the longest river in Florida. It is more than three hundred miles long and runs through some of the state’s major tourist attractions including Orlando, Daytona and the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. From one end to the other, the river runs 310 miles, and provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, including paddling, fishing and boating. The area is known for its bass fishing.

Additional School Information

St. Johns River offers students a number of transfer options to four-year schools. The school has a partnership with the University of North Florida for students. Known as the Gateway Program, students who earn an Associate of Arts degree may transfer to a number of programs at the University of North Florida.

Another transfer option for students is the Blue-Gold Connection, a program that is a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The program is designed to allow students that are interested in careers in aviation and aerospace the opportunity to transfer into any of 20 degree programs offered at Embry.

St. Johns River owns and operates the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. It is a theatre that presents shows by professionals in the performing and visual arts. Patrons can see live theatre, dance and musical performances, along with the occasional visual art exhibit. The theatre is located on the Orange Park Campus.

There are three libraries for St. Johns River students. The libraries are located on the Palatka, Orange Park and St. Augustine campuses.


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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 N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
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 105 0.98
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 10 0.09
Robbery 29 0.27
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 141 1.32
Larceny 621 5.80
Vehicle theft 28 0.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Palatka, FL 32177
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population25,186 (17,097 urban / 8,089 rural)
Households9,608 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,665
Families6,717 (3.05 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

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 District1205

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3457th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,700 $2,700 $9,601
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $298 $298 $1,067
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $108 $108 $389
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 $4,264 $4,264 $11,934
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,304 $16,304 $23,974
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,263 $8,263 $15,933

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,556 $2,760 $2,556 $2,760 $2,556 $2,760
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,210 $1,245
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,684 $7,907
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,599 $3,932
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,599 $3,932

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 3428th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,232 ($50,234 male / $48,736 female)
Number of FT Faculty 144 (70 male / 74 female)
Number of PT Faculty 431
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,937,951

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