South Florida State College

600 W College Dr
Avon Park, FL 33825-9356
Tel: (863)453-6661
  • South Florida Community College?s 228-acre main Highlands Campus is located in Highlands County, Florida with 3 additional satellite campuses located throughout South Central Florida. At SFCC, we offer a multitude of quality and unique programs.
School Highlights
  • South Florida State College serves 2,780 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 54%.
  • South Florida State College is the only community colleges within Highlands County, FL.
  • The nearest community college is Polk State College (34.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 95 teachers has declined by 23% over five years.
South Florida State College(FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty95 staff38 staff
South Florida State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,780 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,780 students1,230 students
South Florida State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio29:138:1
South Florida State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students958 students537 students
South Florida State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,822 students693 students
South Florida State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Florida State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
South Florida State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
South Florida State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South Florida State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
South Florida State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South Florida State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
South Florida State College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
South Florida State College Unknown (2007-2016)
South Florida State College Ethnicity Breakdown FL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.590.70
South Florida State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
South Florida State College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2012)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,600$30,800
South Florida State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,175 is less than the state average of $6,233. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $11,869 is more than the state average of $11,756. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,175$6,233
South Florida State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$11,869$11,756
South Florida State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%91%
South Florida State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,050$12,750
South Florida State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,915$6,334
South Florida State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • South Florida Community College takes a learner-centered approach to provide the highest quality academic programs and services. SFCC students may participate in a variety of college clubs and organizations, cultural events, games, intercollegiate athletics, and other programs. Many of these activities are supported by student activity fees. Students are encouraged to participate in the College's decision-making processes through active involvement in various College committees. SFCC was established in 1965 by the Florida Legislature to serve the educational needs of Highlands and Hardee counties. The College began operation in August 1966 in temporary facilities provided at no cost to the State by public-spirited citizens of the City of Avon Park. The facilities were renovated, air conditioned, and partly furnished through the voluntary contributions of many interested individuals and organizations in both Highlands and Hardee counties and by the municipalities of Avon Park, Bowling Green, Lake Placid, and Sebring. Today, SFCC serves over 19,000 residents of Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties. Students graduating with associate in arts degrees can concentrate in more than 60 fields of study. Students can earn an associate in science, an associate in applied sciences, or college credit or occupational certificates. In 1992, SFCC became one of the first community colleges in Florida to offer bachelor's degree programs through partnerships with public and private universities. It now offers 13 bachelor's degree programs and three master's degree programs through eight colleges and universities. Residents can now receive advising and classroom instruction without having to drive long distances or move away from the tri-county area

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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,233 per year for in-state students and $11,756 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,011 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Florida is Johnson & Wales University-North Miami. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.