St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award selected bachelor's degrees in science and bachelor's degrees in applied science; associate degrees in arts, associate degrees in science, and associate degrees in applied science; as well as certificates and applied technology diplomas. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Petersburg College.
Why accreditation matters
SACS-COC accreditation means an institution is dedicated to providing quality higher education and ongoing improvement through planning, assessment, and quality enhancement.
- Credits from accredited institutions are transferable to and from other accredited institutions, ensuring students receive a credible, top-quality education.
- Only accredited institutions are permitted to award federal financial aid to students.
- By law, an A.A. degree from SPC grants you admission as a junior to one of the state's public universities.
In addition, the following programs are accredited or approved by state or national organizations. The last accreditation year indicates the most recent accreditation or approval decision following the completion of a self-study.
+ The Florida Dept. of Education grants approval to individual programs within the College of Education, which currently consists of seven active B.S. programs.
*The American Bar Association evaluates the A.S. degree, B.A.S. degree, and the post-baccalaureate certificate during a single visit. This agency "approves" programs but does not "accredit."
+ The Funeral Services degree program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
*Ongoing accreditation with yearly completion of Annual Program Assessment Report
1Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE)
2Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
3Recognized by the Association for Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)