For more than 85 years, the students, alumni, faculty and staff of St. Petersburg College have held themselves to the highest of standards. This manifests itself in many ways, among them, academic success, honors and awards, graduation rates and community service.
The latest yearly rankings from the U.S. Department of Education and the Florida Community College System show what can happen when excellence is the standard. Matched with two-year programs at both two- and four-year institutions, SPC ranked:
- No. 7 in the nation in associate degrees awarded in liberal arts & sciences, general studies and humanities;
- No. 11 in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded in nursing;
- No. 12 in the number of associate degrees in all disciplines;
- No. 18 in the number of associate degrees awarded in health professions and related programs;
- No. 46 in the number of associate degrees awarded in computer and information sciences.
- St. Petersburg College is ranked second in Florida and sixth in the nation, among associate colleges, for sending students abroad, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE) 2017 Open Doors Report.
- SPC received the 2015 EPA Brownfield Phoenix Award for the development of the new Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, which opened in 2015. This prestigious award honors the innovative leadership of men and women working to solve the critical environmental problems of transforming abandoned property into productive sites for new economic and community opportunities and assets.
- In 2015, Achieving the Dream named SPC a Leader College, a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.
- For the second time in 10 years, SPC's M.M. Bennett Library system recently won the national Community College Program Achievement Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries.