What started nearly 50 years ago as a few portable classrooms huddled in a former citrus grove is now Seminole State College of Florida, one of the nation’s fastest-growing colleges, with six sites in Seminole County and more than 32,000 students.
On July 1, 1965, the Florida State Legislature signed a charter creating Seminole Junior College as a full-service education provider serving Central Florida.
Among the tasks facing Dr. Earl S. Weldon, who was appointed Seminole State’s first president in October 1965, was finding a suitable location for the new College. After reviewing many possible sites, he and R.T. Milwee, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools, chose a lot near U.S. Highway 17-92 and Interstate 4.
When the College opened in 1966, 800 students filled the portables, eager to further their education. Construction of permanent buildings began in 1968, and the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus took shape during Dr. Weldon’s tenure. One after another, the library, faculty offices, student center and other buildings went up, transforming former citrus groves into a metropolitan college campus.
On July 1, 1975, Seminole Junior College became Seminole Community College. By the end of the College’s first decade, enrollment had increased to 14,161.
After 30 years of service, Dr. Weldon retired in 1995. In February 1996, Dr. E. Ann McGee, a community college graduate and administrator at Broward College, became the College’s second president. Her clear vision for the College's future has made McGee’s tenure a time of phenomenal growth.
Under her leadership, the College has opened three more campuses and undertaken an $85 million renovation of its Sanford/Lake Mary Campus that includes the Partnership Center, which opened in 2010.
The Oviedo Campus opened in January 2001 to serve the educational and workforce development needs of eastern Seminole County. In August 2007, the College celebrated the opening of the Center for Economic Development at Heathrow. The campus houses Central Florida’s economic development leaders as well as classrooms and student services.
The College’s Altamonte Springs Campus, which opened in January 2008, houses Seminole State’s healthcare programs, a diverse offering of A.A. degree courses and Adult Education. In 2010, the College purchased 28.57 additional acres to triple the size of the Altamonte Springs Campus, which is on State Road 434 near Maitland Boulevard. The master plan envisions an academic village of eight new high-rise buildings, two large parking structures and a unique mix of classrooms and commercial space.
In 2009, SCC became Seminole State College of Florida to reflect the expanding mission of the College as it began to offer bachelor's degrees to meet the community's needs for a highly-trained work force.
In 2010, Seminole State began offering its first baccalaureate degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design. Today the College offers five bachelor’s degrees in high-demand areas.
In 2012 the Foundation for Seminole State College celebrated the largest donation revenue year in its history, with $5 million in donations. These donations included a record $2 million that was received from the estate of Seminole County educator Robert J. Schmidt and will be used for endowed scholarships.
In addition, the Wayne M. Densch Charitable Trust donated $2 million for naming rights to the Partnership Center on the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Eighty-five percent of the gift goes to non-endowed scholarships for first-generation students. The balance is dedicated to a program that supports those students as they complete their college education.
Also in 2012, Seminole State received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for nearly $900,000. The grant, the largest NSF grant in the College's history, is funding a pilot program aimed at high school students interested in the wide range of careers related to the built environment.
With its strong focus on academics, Seminole State continues to attract top students. In April 2011, Seminole State continued its unmatched streak of seven consecutive Jack Kent Cooke scholars since 2006. The Jack Kent Cooke program is the largest private scholarship in the country for community college transfer students.
Seminole State also continues to lead by example. In September 2012, the newly renovated third floor of building L on the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus earned a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for promoting energy-saving green technology. This is the College’s first LEED-certified building, and one of only five LEED-certified buildings in Seminole County.
For nearly 50 years, Seminole State has thrived by adapting to and meeting the needs of an ever-changing community. By offering high-quality educational programs and services, the College continues to provide students and area residents a multitude of resources. Now, and in the years to come, opportunities for personal growth abound at Seminole State.
The mission of Seminole State College of Florida is to serve the community by providing a learning-centered, high-quality educational institution that anticipates and meets the needs of the community by providing a comprehensive range of programs and services.
Seminole State College promises:
Seminole State College's core values define the principles of its diverse college community and guide faculty and staff members in promoting an environment where individuals grow, learn and succeed.
STRATEGIC GOAL 1: For Our Students...
Advance student-centered teaching and learning with innovative programs and services designed to increase student success and degree completion, better preparing students to participate in the global marketplace.
STRATEGIC GOAL 2: For Our Partners...
Advance educational, business and community partnerships that foster academic excellence, student achievement and economic vitality.
STRATEGIC GOAL 3: For Our Employees...
Advance our employees’ opportunities for growth and development.
STRATEGIC GOAL 4: For Our College...
Advance the effectiveness of Seminole State operating systems and college processes to increase efficiency and institutional productivity.
STRATEGIC GOAL 5: For Our Region...
Advance our region as a leader in higher education, workforce development and community enrichment.
|Academic standing, warning, probation, suspension, dismissal or reinstatement||Academic Advising and Counseling||www.seminolestate.edu/counseling/
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Altamonte Springs Campus: 407.404.6075
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Altamonte Springs Campus: 407.404.6026
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Altamonte Springs Campus: 407.404.6143
|Student records, registration, add/drop, withdrawals, certification to graduate, transfer credit evaluation||Records and Registration Office||www.seminolestate.edu/registrar/
|Test results and interpretation||Academic Advising and Counseling||www.seminolestate.edu/counseling/
|Testing (placement tests, speciality exams, make-up tests)||Testing and Assessment||www.seminolestate.edu/testing/
|Transfer (in or out)||Admissions and Registration and Records Office||www.seminolestate.edu/registrar/
|Tutoring||Academic Success Centers||www.seminolestate.edu/academic-success/
Altamonte Springs Campus: 407.404.6050
|Veterans support||Veterans Affairs Office||www.seminolestate.edu/veterans/
|Work Study Program||Student Financial Resources||www.seminolestate.edu/financial-aid/
The official catalog of Seminole State College is the online version published on the College website. It may be accessed by the College community and prospective students online via www.seminolestate.edu/catalog. Hard-copy versions of the catalog may be obtained from the College Student Services office. Seminole State College of Florida makes every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the Catalog at time of publication. Occasionally changes must be made to carry on the purposes and objectives of the College. Any approved changes to the official catalog are published online in a file titled "Approved Catalog Changes" at www.seminolestate.edu/catalog.
All students are expected to be aware of the rules, regulations and other information provided in this catalog; the Library Handbook; the Student Rights and Responsibilities or Code of Conduct section of the Student Handbook; and on bulletin boards. The Director of Records and Registration/Registrar is responsible for interpreting the College Catalog regarding admission, registration and graduation. When indicated, the director will seek Board approval and/or consult with the College's Admissions and Graduation Committee. All students are responsible for coordinating their program at Seminole State College with that of the senior college or university of their choice. The College reserves the right to change regulations, policies, schedules and courses without notice.
College Equity Officers:
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
100 Weldon Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
Students/Applicants for Admission
Associate Vice President, Student Development
100 Weldon Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
The Red Flags Rules identity theft prevention program is designed to detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft in connection with a covered account and to provide for continued administration of the program in compliance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003.
Seminole State College's academic year is 12 months and has the following features:
Federal and state law requires a person designated as a "sexual predator or offender" to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
FDLE is required to notify the local law enforcement agency where the registrant resides, attends or is employed by an institution of higher learning. The local law enforcement agency is then required to notify the appropriate educational institution.
The College denies admission/enrollment to students who are officially designated as sexual predators/sexual offenders. If an academic term has already begun at the time the College received notification of offender status, the student's admission will be denied and an administrative withdrawal and refund for fees paid for the term in progress will be processed. The student may also receive credit for required textbooks purchased for classes from which the student has withdrawn. All requests for textbook refunds must be received before the end of the term of withdrawal. For further information, including appeals, refer to College Procedure 1.3000.
Information regarding sexual predators or offenders may be obtained from the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for the particular campus or by calling the FDLE hotline at 888.FL.PREDATOR (888.357.7332) or by visiting http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/home.aspx.
For questions or additional information regarding this notice, contact the director of security at 407.708.2492, room J-010 (building J) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Prior to receipt of an Associate in Arts degree from a public state or community college or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university or college, a student shall complete successfully (grade of "C" or higher) the following: six (6) semester hours of English coursework and six (6) semester hours of designated general education humanities, social science and history courses that require the student to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments and six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or higher.
Successful completion of the General Education requirements for the Associate in Arts degree satisfies this requirement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, Gordon Rule) which requires a student to complete multiple writing assignments in designated coursework and complete six (6) semester hours of college-level mathematics courses.
For Associate in Science degrees, ENC 1101, ENC 1102 and mathematics general education courses must be completed with a "C" or higher. Students must test out of preparatory English and reading or successfully complete preparatory English and reading courses prior to enrolling in ENC 1101. If mathematics courses at the level of college algebra or higher are not required for the program, students must test out of preparatory mathematics or successfully complete preparatory mathematics courses in order to be awarded an Associate in Science degree.
Seminole State College Associate in Arts degree graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024):
Should any of the above guaranteed rights be denied, students should contact Christine Broeker, Director, Curriculum, Articulation and Academic Scheduling at 407.708.2396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several types of articulation agreements between local school districts and the College, as well as between the College and bachelor degree-granting institutions, benefit Seminole State students.
Seminole State also articulates college credit for students who have industry-recognized certifications in designated areas that are related to programs of study offered by the College. These agreements are consistent with the Florida statewide Gold Standard Articulation Agreements for industry certifications.
Associate in Arts (A.A.): Florida Statute 1007.23 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024 assure certain rights to A.A. graduates. An A.A. degree from any institution in the Florida College System, including Seminole State, guarantees admission to an institution in Florida's State University System (SUS). However, it does not guarantee acceptance to a particular university or a selected, special or limited-access program. A.A. degree recipients compete for admission into these programs.
Associate in Science (A.S.): A statewide agreement allows transfer into an SUS institution for specified A.S. graduates. In addition, A.S. degree programs articulate into the University of Central Florida's Bachelor of Applied Science Program, which is offered at UCF's regional campus on the Seminole State Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Designated A.S. programs also articulate into specific B.S. programs offered by Seminole State.
DirectConnect to UCF, which was introduced in 2006, is a guaranteed way to gain admission to the University of Central Florida for students who complete an A.A. or A.S. degree at Seminole State. This is consistent with Seminole State and UCF policy. Limited- and restricted-access programs may require an additional admission process. Contact UCF for additional information on DirectConnect.
Articulation agreements between the Florida Board of Education and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) also benefit A.A. graduates. For more information on ICUF schools, visit www.icuf.org. Seminole State also has articulation agreements with private institutions that are not members of ICUF.
Statewide articulation agreements also exist to award credit for completion of specified postsecondary adult vocational programs, as well as for specified industry certifications. Seminole State has articulation agreements with individual institutions located in Florida and other states. Agreements are also in place with technical centers in the Central Florida region. For more information, visit www.seminolestate.edu/articulation.
An excess hour surcharge is effective for students who enter Seminole State or any Florida College System institution or state university for the first time as follows:
All students whose educational plan may include earning a bachelor’s degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for their intended major on their first attempt. Students intending to transfer to a state university should identify a major or “transfer program” early and identify admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites. Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses not essential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hour surcharge.
Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773-6199