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SPC > Orientation
  • New Studen Orientation

Orientation

  • At St. Petersburg College, you can attend an orientation session:

  • Begin 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

  • wrenchMy 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 

    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
    SPC 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. During this academic year, Florida Virtual Campus will be rebranded as Complete Florida Plus.  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 the 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  

    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
    All new students will benefit from New Student Orientation (NSO), as it is the best way to learn about all of the support services that are available. While at orientation, students will learn how to use MySPC and MyCourses, our new online learning system. 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. Find online options by checking “Electronic Campus” when you search for courses in MySPC. 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 earn college credit while traveling the world. We offer programs in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and North America. 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
    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 

    Career Services
    Career Services combines academic and career counseling to help students identify the proper educational and career paths, develop employability skills and utilize job-search resources. 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 

    Locations and Maps
    SPC has 11 learning sites throughout Pinellas County. www.spcollege.edu/locations 

    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 and 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, or evidence that your due date has been extended pending financial aid or veterans benefits. 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 & Noble College. 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 College 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 your Book Line of Credit, a short-term, interest-free loan at our campus bookstores. You also can trade textbooks through SPC’s Book Swap. www.spcollege.edu/textbooks 

    Transportation
    A new initiative between PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) and SPC has been launched for students, faculty and staff to enjoy. Simply show your current student or staff ID when boarding the bus and you will be able to ride for free. Students must be currently enrolled in one or more credit courses. www.spcollege.edu/ride 

    Wellness Centers
    SPC wellness centers are fitness facilities equipped with strength and elliptical machines, treadmills and free weights. They are available to current SPC students when they aren’t in use by physical education classes. No
    guests are permitted.www.spcollege.edu/wellnesscenters 

  • Financial Resources

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

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

    Florida PrePaid Tuition Plan
    SPC applies Florida PrePaid College funds automatically to student accounts with an active state plan. Any student who does not wish to have funds applied to their fees will need to send a written request to brown.peggy@
    spcollege.edu
    prior to the beginning of classes. Students can access the Florida PrePaid College fund online. www.myfloridaprepaid.com 

    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  

    Loanlook
    Loanlook is a web-based tool provided at no cost to help you manage all of your student loans through a single portal. Once you register, you’ll get immediate access to a personalized profile showing your federal student
    loan and grant information. You also can download the Loanlook app to receive reminders on your mobile device. www.spcollege.edu/loanlook 

    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. Your residency status is displayed in MySPC and on your course fee schedule.
    Documentation must be submitted by the first day of the term to be considered. 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. Important: If fees are not paid by your due date, you will be dropped from your classes and will need to re-register. Fees can be paid with Financial Aid,
    Florida PrePaid, cash, credit, check or our Tuition Payment Plan. www.spcollege.edu/paytuition  

  • General Resources

  • wrenchEmail
    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 

    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 

    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, MyCourses and MySPC email, 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. 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