Name: Indian River State College
President: Edwin R. Massey
City: Fort Pierce
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1960
Governing Board Website
2013 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 17,248
Part Time: 65.5%
Full Time: 34.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 2%
Native American: 0.3%
Edwin R. Massey
Quote from the President
“Indian River State College is an entrepreneurial institution with a deeply-rooted culture of responsiveness, innovation and strategic partnerships. This foundation allows us to fully commit to cultivating achievement and positively transforming the life of every IRSC student through a creative, outcomes-oriented learning and teaching environment. Our dedication to providing a high-quality, affordable and accessible education is only surpassed by the college’s highest priority: student success.”
Indian River State College is leading a regional transition to a diverse knowledge-based economy attracting and supporting entrepreneurship and business success on Florida’s Research Coast. IRSC programs are tailored to anticipate and meet the workforce needs of Florida’s top industry sectors in technology, life and ocean sciences, STEM, clean energy and public safety with relevant and applied education enhanced by partnerships with over 400 businesses, organizations and educational institutions.
The college’s small classes, personalized attention and exceptional graduation rates contributed to its designation as the 9th top public regional college in the South by US News & World Report.
The IRSC Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is energizing the local economy with unprecedented new opportunities in emerging technologies. A Gold LEED “smart building,” the Brown Center combines education in energy, nanotechnology, photonics, sustainable building design and other growth fields with an array of business support services to leverage new skills into entrepreneurial success.
The college’s services, facilities and reputation for excellence contributed to the establishment of several world-class life science firms in the region. The IRSC Thomas STEM Center in the region’s research hub provides IRSC students with new opportunities for internships and employment in biotechnology. In the homeland security arena, the college’s public safety training complex is a 50-acre learning laboratory supporting education and professional development for organizations statewide, nationally and internationally.
IRSC is a Top Ten National Finalist for the prestigious 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence due to its innovative and effective strategies related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.
IRSC has been rated as the 4th most affordable college in the country and the most affordable of Florida colleges according to the U.S. Department of Education. Administrative costs at IRSC are historically the lowest of all 28 state and community colleges in Florida, with IRSC ranking the highest in percent of funds going toward instruction.