Founded in 1965, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), then known as Florida Junior College (FJC), opened its doors during the height of the nationís community college movement to proudly serve the Northeast Florida region as the first public, postsecondary educational institution in Duval or Nassau County to exist on an integrated basis.
On August 22, 1966, FJC held its first day of classes at two renovated, temporary facilities: the Southside Campus at South Jacksonville Elementary School on Flagler Street and the Cumberland Campus on Cumberland Road off Roosevelt Boulevard. Two short years later, in May of 1968, the College held its first Commencement ceremony at the Civic Auditorium.
Over the next 20 years, the College would proceed to open the five campuses that are still occupied today and make up the current Florida State College at Jacksonville.
FJC reached a big milestone in 1986 as it registered its 500,000th student and changed its name from Florida Junior College to Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) in response to community input and engagement. During the next two decades, the College continued to grow exponentially and expanding the programs and courses it offered students. In 2007, the College received accreditation to offer baccalaureate degree programs.
In 2009, Florida Community College at Jacksonville announced the name by which it is known today, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). From an initial enrollment of 2,610 students in Fall 1966 to the current enrollment of 50,000 students, the College has grown to offer 13 bachelorís degrees, 45 associate degrees and more than 100 technical certificates and workforce certifications.
As we build upon our past and look forward to our future, FSCJ strives to provide high value, relevant life-long education that enhances the intellectual, social, cultural and economic development of our diverse community.
Quick Facts and Figures
What makes FSCJ stand out among other colleges and universities? We are:
Accessible: Classes are offered at convenient locations throughout Duval County and Nassau County and globally through online classes.
Affordable: FSCJ ranks among the top 25 most affordable public, four-year institutions in the nation. Plus, we provide many financial aid and scholarship opportunities for our students.
Convenient: We offer traditional college classes, hybrid courses and online classes, some in accelerated formats.
Diverse: We have students from more than 146 countries and students range in age from 15 to 77 years old.
Highly Ranked: FSCJ ranks 11th in the nation in grand total (4,548), and in all disciplines granted among public, four-year colleges and universities granting associate degrees. (Community College Week)††