Indian River State College (IRSC)
Indian River State College has earned a statewide and national reputation for excellence. Dedicated to the success of each student, IRSC offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. Continuing a 50-year tradition of responsiveness to community needs, IRSC is committed to advancing the educational, cultural, career training, workforce, and economic development of its surrounding area. IRSC is recognized as a key partner in the continuing development of the Research Coast region and as a national model for innovative use of technology in education.
Combining quality and affordability, IRSC was selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence out of more than 1,000 colleges nationwide and as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education.
Signifying a strong commitment to student success and college completion, IRSC is one of only 13 institutions nationwide, and the only Florida college in 2013, selected for the prestigious Achieving the Dream™ program dedicated to helping more students achieve in college, improve their skills and earn a degree.
IRSC is an equal access, equal opportunity educational institution welcoming students of any age, race, religion, nationality, gender, and physical ability. Special adjustments within the College, such as architectural modifications for the disabled and classes in English as a Second Language, ensure that all students have equal opportunities for success at IRSC.
The open door policy in force at the College guarantees that anyone who holds a high school or high school equivalency diploma will be admitted to the College. Close cooperation among the administration and faculty, a collegial atmosphere of open communication, and concern for the overall success of the student allow IRSC to give its students a high quality education at a reasonable cost. In addition, many financial aid and scholarship programs are readily available to eligible students.
High school students who wish to get a head start on college can discover new challenges and broaden their experience through IRSC’s Dual Enrollment and Early Admissions Programs. Most area high school graduates take their first steps toward future plans at IRSC. In fact, over 70% of the region’s college-bound high school seniors attend IRSC following graduation. Persons already established in careers attend IRSC to expand their skills and retrain for new positions. Area residents 50 and over pursue their interests through the Lifelong Learning Institute.
The region’s comprehensive educational provider, state-designated career and technical center, and cultural hub, IRSC has a reputation for quality that inspires over 32,000 people to enroll in classes each year.
Linking Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties, IRSC offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs, including Baccalaureate Degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as shorter term certificate and Adult Education programs. The College strives to provide its students with a maximum of educational choices; programs are offered not only for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree program and upper-division studies, but also for students who wish to pursue careers immediately upon completion of shorter-term Associate Degree and Technical Certificate programs.
With its community in mind, IRSC provides a comprehensive and diverse curriculum for students who want to take classes to expand their interests and enhance specific job skills. The Division of Arts & Sciences, Communications & Social Sciences, Advanced Technology, Business Technology, Health Sciences, Public Service Education, Industrial Education, and Developmental Education emphasize academic excellence combined with "real world" experience, providing IRSC graduates with outstanding preparation for 21st Century careers.