Edison State College is a public educational institution of higher learning which serves the residents of Southwest Florida. Through its four campuses namely the Lee County Campus, the Charlotte County Campus, the Collier County Campus and the Hendry/Glades Center, Edison State College is able to grant baccalaureate and associate degrees as well as various certificate programs. Programs are delivered through different modes to provide flexibility and convenience to individuals intent on achieving their academic goals.
Originally housed in the Andrew Gwynne Institute Building, Edison State College’s days as a fledging junior college was spent on a former elementary school converted into a college campus. The college’s establishment was part of a nationwide effort to meet the high demand for higher education after the Second World War. Southwest Floridians were specifically in need of a college institution that would be accessible and would be of commuting distance to the residents of the area.
From the Edison Junior College established in 1962, the institution’s name was changed to Edison Community College in 1972. The name Edison State College was formally used in 2001 in accordance with the wider scope of the institution which has surpassed the limitations of a community college. Edison State College has made the task of completing a degree more achievable through the implementation of articulation, upper division transfer, site-based programming and aggressive partnerships with various colleges and universities. A District Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Florida governs the college which is composed of representatives from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Edison State College serves at least 23,000 students every year, including those enrolled in credit and non-credit courses. To provide a fully supportive learning environment, classes are kept small and tuition made affordable. Edison State College, being one of the state colleges in Florida, uses a broad education system that facilitates smooth transition from high school to college.
For more information about admissions, financial aid or online learning opportunities such as distance education degree programs and online classes, please contact Edison State College.