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 St. Petersburg College 

Name: St. Petersburg College
President:William D. Law, Jr.
City: Saint Petersburg
State: Florida
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1927

Governing Board Website 

St. Petersburg College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2013

2013 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 31,820
Part Time: 71.3%
Full Time: 28.7%

Female: 60.4%
Male: 39.6%


African American: 13.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.6%
Hispanic: 10.3%
Native American: 0.4%
White: 66.3%
Other: 5.9%


William D. Law Jr

William D. Law, Jr.

Jeffrey "Dale" Oliver

Jeffrey "Dale" Oliver
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“St. Petersburg College serves tens of thousands of students, through thousands of faculty and staff, toward the goal of making lives richer and more rewarding.  We try to cut through the complexity of the many initiatives, programs and services by following three general principles: First, the definition of student success is that students finish what they start; Second, if you don’t teach, your job is to help students get to class in the best condition for learning; and Third, access to the college changes a student’s self-perception – a degree or certificate changes the student’s life. Within the simple principles, everyone associated with the college can take positive action to make the SPC College Experience increasingly effective and meaningful.  The results speak for themselves.”

Interesting Facts

  • Founded in 1927, St. Petersburg College was Florida’s first two-year college, and became the state’s first community college to offer bachelor's degrees in 2002. The college serves as a model for incorporating bachelor's degree programs into traditional two-year institutions.
  • St. Petersburg College has long been a leader in workforce-centered programs, and is currently part of six federal Department of Labor grant programs geared at helping students and community members succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment. Curriculum across all academic programs is created with input from industry leaders, to ensure students are prepared to meet workforce needs.  
  • St. Petersburg College was recently selected as one of only 30 community colleges in the nation to participate in a three-year intensive Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), designed to help build capacity for community colleges to design and implement high-quality, structured academic and career pathways for all students, aligned for both university transfer and jobs with value in the labor market.
  • In 2012, SPC instituted The College Experience, a five-pronged student success initiative comprised of a face-to-face new student orientation, out-of-class support, integrated academic and career advising, personalized learning plans, and early alerts to intervene as soon as students show signs of struggling. Overall course success rates have risen and the college has been nationally recognized for these efforts.
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