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  • New Studen Orientation

Orientation

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    Our interactive online student orientation is required for degree and certificate-seeking students and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Throughout the orientation, you will be asked a series of questions about your education and career goals. Your responses will be recorded for your Educational Plan. The Educational Plan is a tool to help you assess your educational and career goals and will track your progress within your academic program as you complete courses.

     

  • MySPC - Student Information Center 

    MySPC - SPC’s Student Information Center

    Apply to SPC. Register for classes. Manage your financial aid. Check student email. Build your individual learning plan and chart your progress.

     

  • Academic Resources

  • Academic Calendar
    There are many dates that are important for you to know, such as when classes begin, deadlines for withdrawing, dates of college holidays and final exam schedules to name a few. www.spcollege.edu/calendar 

    Advising
    Academic Advisors will help you get started by walking you through entrance procedures, evaluating placement test scores, reviewing new student orientation information and assisting in course selection based on your career goals. www.spcollege.edu/advising 

    Alternative credit options
    SPC wants to help you finish your degree. We offer several ways to earn up to 45 college credits for your mastery of subjects, experience, military training, previous education or industry certification. www.spcollege.edu/makeitcount 

    Degrees and Programs
    St. Petersburg College offers many options to meet your education needs. Consider your career goals and start planning today. www.spcollege.edu/academics 

    Florida Virtual Campus (flvc.org)
    Florida Virtual Campus is a free online advising website to help students plan and track their education progress from middle school through college. FLVC is sponsored by the Department of Education and the Florida Center for Advising & Academic Support. www.flvc.org 

    Honors College
    SPC’s Honors College provides an exemplary education and an intellectual community that encourages our most talented and motivated students in creativity and deeper understanding, leadership qualities and critical thinking skills. www.spcollege.edu/honorscollege 

    Library
    Your student ID is your library card and can be used to check out materials or use any of the services our campus libraries provide. Our joint-use libraries on St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Seminole campuses offer the benefits of a public library and college library in one. Use our online library for the convenience of research anytime and anywhere. www.spcollege.edu/libraries 

    My Financial Aid
    This online tool allows you to see your financial aid status, your your To Do List and accept, decline or reduce awards. www.spcollege.edu/myspc 

    My Graduation Status
    This online tool shows you in a clear, concise way how much progress you have made and how much needs to be done to complete your degree. www.spcollege.edu/myspc 

    My Learning Plan
    This online tool helps guide you through the requirements for your degree. It gives you up-to-the-minute guidance on how much progress has been made toward your goal and helps you determine the impact of decisions to drop or add courses or change majors. www.spcollege.edu/myplanner

    New Initiative Program
    The New Initiative Program (NIP) offers academic assistance to pre-health and health education students. www.spcollege.edu/hec/nip

    New Student Orientation
    New Student Orientation is required for all degree-seeking students new to St. Petersburg College. Many students will be referred by an advisor to attend the face-to-face orientation, while other students will be able to complete an interactive online student orientation. www.spcollege.edu/facetoface or www.spcollege.edu/orientation

    Online Classes
    SPC offers hundreds of accredited online college courses in dozens of majors, plus online student support services. Look for online courses as you register. www.spcollege.edu/ecampus

    Registration
    Registering online for classes is easy. Register early to get the best schedule possible. Once a class is posted on the schedule, it will not be cancelled. SPC’s My Learning Plan and My Graduation Status tools will help you build a long term schedule, view classes you have completed and verify outstanding graduation requirements to keep you on track. www.spcollege.edu/register

    Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student at SPC are defined in the college’s academic policies. These include academic honesty, plagiarism, classroom responsibility, freedom to learn and acceptable conduct. www.spcollege.edu/studentrights

    Study Abroad
    SPC’s study abroad programs allow students to travel to countries such as Ireland, Italy, Jamaica and Spain while earning college credit. www.spcollege.edu/studyabroad

    Testing
    We offer tests to help you choose the right classes. You can also earn college credit for passing standardized tests. www.spcollege.edu/testing

    Transcript
    Your SPC transcript is the official, permanent academic record that includes the classes you have taken, grades earned for each class, honors and degrees completed. www.spcollege.edu/transcript

    Tutoring and Classroom Support (Free)
    The Learning Support Commons provides free tutoring in reading, writing and math as well as computer labs and academic resources for students. This support is available whether you are doing well in a class or need some extra assistance. www.spcollege.edu/tutoring

  • Campus Information

  • Athletics
    SPC has intercollegiate athletic teams that compete for conference championships in women’s softball, tennis, volleyball and basketball and in men’s baseball and basketball. www.spcollege.edu/athletics

    Campus Locations and Maps
    St. Petersburg College has 10 learning sites throughout Pinellas County. www.spcollege.edu/locations

    Career Services
    Career Services combines academic and career counseling to help students identify the proper educational and career paths. www.spcollege.edu/careerservices

    Clubs and Organizations
    Student clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved. SPC has a variety of academic clubs, musical ensembles and special interest clubs. You can also get involved in your campus Student Government Association. www.spcollege.edu/clubs

    Computer Labs
    Computer labs are available on each campus for all of your academic needs. You must have a MySPC username and password to use the computers. Also, be sure to bring a flash drive to save your work. www.spcollege.edu/computerlabs

    Event Calendar
    The college sponsors a variety of special and cultural events throughout the year - many at no charge to students. www.spcollege.edu/events

    Parking
    Parking is free in most places at SPC as long as you park in spaces reserved for students. Students at SPC Downtown need to purchase a hangtag to park in the garage. www.spcollege.edu/parking

    Safety
    SPC is dedicated to providing a safe campus environment. If you have concerns about suspicious behavior or an unsafe situation, report it promptly to campus authorities or to Campus Security Dispatch at 727-791-2560. In an emergency, call 911 then notify the security office. www.spcollege.edu/safety

    Student Life
    The college sponsors a variety of special and cultural events throughout the year - many at no charge or at a discount with your student ID. Check out our events calendar, find out how to get around on campus and get details on clubs and organizations. Visit your campus or contact your Student Life and Leadership Coordinator for more information. www.spcollege.edu/studentlife

    Student Photo ID
    Before you can check out library materials, use a computer lab or work out at any campus wellness center, you need an SPC photo ID. To get your ID, stop by the nearest campus and bring photo identification (such as your driver’s license) and a paid receipt for the current session. Distance students should complete the Student ID Request Form found on the Registration Guide of the eCampus website. www.spcollege.edu/studentid 

    Textbooks
    You can purchase new, used or digital books, or rent them at bookstores operated on campus and online by Barnes and Noble. You can automatically order your textbooks after you register in MySPC and have them shipped to your home or pick them up at any of the Barnes & Noble bookstores on campus. If you are receiving financial aid and your aid exceeds your tuition and fee charges, you may purchase books and supplies using our Book Line of Credit, a short-term, interest-free loan at our campus bookstores. You can also trade textbooks through SPC’s Book Swap. www.spcollege.edu/textbooks

    Wellness Centers
    Our wellness centers are workout facilities equipped with Nautilus machines, free weights, StairMasters, exercycles and treadmills. They are free and open to students when they aren’t being used by a physical education class. www.spcollege.edu/wellnesscenters

  • Financial Resources

  • Financial Aid
    Visit SPC’s Financial Aid website for information on grants, scholarships, student employment, loans and money management. www.spcollege.edu/getfunds 

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    To apply for financial aid, you need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The information you provide determines whether you qualify for federal and state grants and federal loans based on financial need. To complete the FAFSA, you will need to get a Federal Student Aid PIN. www.pin.ed.gov 

    Florida PrePaid Tuition Plan
    SPC accepts Florida PrePaid College funds. Visit our www.spcollege.edu/calendar for deadlines for last day to pay tuition online with Florida PrePaid plans. www.myfloridaprepaid.com 

    OneCard
    The SPC OneCard is a debit card and is important for receiving financial aid and other refunds from the college. www.spcollege.edu/onecard 

    Residency Status for Tuition
    The tuition you pay is determined by your residency classification. A Florida resident pays a much lower tuition rate than an out-of-state resident. www.spcollege.edu/residency 

    Scholarships
    Scholarships can reward you for academic excellence, talent and achievement in a variety of areas, such as arts or athletics. Best of all, they do not have to be repaid. www.spcollege.edu/scholarships 

    Tuition Payment
    After you register for classes, you will be given a tuition due date. Fees can be paid with Financial Aid, cash/credit or our Tuition Payment Plan. www.spcollege.edu/paytuition 

    SALT Online Money Management
    St. Petersburg College has teamed with American Student Assistance to provide a FREE online program to help you manage your money and student loans. SALT is easy, confidential and tailored specifically to you. www.spcollege.edu/salt

    Tuition Payment
    After you register for classes, you will be given a tuition due date. Fees can be paid with Financial Aid, Florida PrePaid, cash, credit, check or our Tuition Payment Plan. www.spcollege.edu/paytuition

  • General Resources

  • Email
    SPC provides you with a student email account through MySPC. You will receive official messages from the college, news of upcoming events and college closing alerts. Please check your email frequently for important alerts. www.spcollege.edu/email

    Graduation
    In order to make your degree official, you must apply to graduate even if you don’t plan to attend the graduation ceremony. Find out about preparing to graduate, how to apply and graduation day details. Graduation ceremonies are held three times a year, at the conclusion of the fall, spring and summer terms. www.spcollege.edu/graduation

    Handbook
    The SPC Student Handbook contains information on the college’s policies, services, locations and more. www.spcollege.edu/handbook

    Insurance
    Students can obtain health insurance at their own expense through a vendor selected by the college. www.insuranceforcollegestudents.com

    MySPC Mobile
    Visit our new streamlined mobile site at m.spcollege.edu on your phone or mobile device to register, check financial aid, view campus maps and more. m.spcollege.edu

    Student Assistance Counseling Program
    A FREE Counseling Program is available if you need support, advice, or just a friendly ear. Help is only a phone call away. SPC offers this service at no charge to students. www.spcollege.edu/referrals

    Technical Support
    For assistance with technical issues related to MySPC, ANGEL and MySPC mail, call 727-341-4357. www.spcollege.edu/helpdesk

  • Support Programs

  • Disability Resources
    Disability Resources carries out SPC’s commitment to the open-door concept and equal access to educational opportunities for all qualified individuals with disabilities. www.spcollege.edu/dr

    International Student Services
    We value the intellectual and cultural diversity that international students bring to our campuses. Students who are not U.S. citizens have two options to take classes at SPC. You can come to the U.S. and study on our campus or you can stay in your home country and study online. We work closely with international students to help them succeed by offering assistance with admission, immigration advising, cultural adjustments, involvement in activities and much more. www.spcollege.edu/internationalstudents

    Internships
    Get real world experience from some of the area’s best employers. Learn valuable on-the-job skills and expand your professional network with an internship from SPC’s College-wide Internship Office. www.spcollege.edu/studentinterns

    Student Support Services
    Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program that helps first generation and low income students graduate from college. www.spcollege.edu/sss

    Veterans
    St. Petersburg College welcomes veterans, eligible dependents, active duty service persons or members of the Selected Reserve who wish to use their veteran benefits to attend SPC. www.spcollege.edu/veterans

    Women on the Way
    Women on the Way (WOW) is a resource and support center developed to help women succeed in college. Many women trying to enter or return to college face time and resource challenges. In addition to meeting some basic needs for members, WOW offers opportunities for leadership, friendship and community service. www.spcollege.edu/wow