Indian River State College

Indian River State College (IRSC) is a public college in Fort Pierce, Florida. It serves the counties of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie.

Indian River State College
TypePublic college
PresidentEdwin R. Massey, Ph.D.
Location, ,
United States


The college was established in 1959 as Indian River Junior College and located in a former public school building in Fort Pierce. IRJC moved to its current main campus on Virginia Avenue in 1963 after the city of Fort Pierce donated the site to the institution. In 1970, the Board of Trustees decided a name more fitting of the College's service to the community was needed, and it was renamed Indian River Community College. This was in keeping with the national trend for public junior colleges to drop the word "junior" in favor of 'Community." Within the confines of the College, the school is called The River or 'the ersk', pronouncing the school's acronym, IRSC. The school's mascot is the Pioneer.

On 10 September 2007, IRCC's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the college's name to Indian River College, as it began its transition into a four-year institution. The name change needed to be enacted into law by the Florida Legislature.[1] Ultimately, the school's name was changed to Indian River State College by the college's board of trustees effective 1 July 2008.[2]


The main campus occupies a 87 acres (35 ha) site that was formerly the Fort Pierce landfill site. It has branch campuses in Okeechobee (Dixon Hendry campus), Port St. Lucie (Pruitt campus), Stuart (Chastain campus) and Vero Beach (Mueller campus) plus additional learning centers facilities in the area.[3]


Nine bachelor's degree programs have been added in middle and secondary school teacher education in math and science, exceptional student education, nursing, organizational management, public safety administration and healthcare management. Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees. The institution offers additional educational programs such as Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. The institution also offers an Adult High School Program that allows adults that have not graduated high school to continue earning credits that may be counted towards their completion of the GED. IRSC also participates in the dual enrollment state program to allow students to take college classes at a discount while in a public high school. They host the Clark Advanced Learning Center, a technology-based high school as a joint venture between the Martin County School District and IRSC.

The Kight Center for Emerging Technologies is #1 in technology in the nation for mid-size colleges. This designation was awarded by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Center for Digital Education for 2005, 2006, and 2007.[4]

In September 2014, the college was named as one of the ten best community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute.[5] In 2018, the college was regarded runner-up for the best state college in the United States by the Aspen Institute. Then again in 2019, it won another from the Aspen Institute, for the #1 best state college in the United States.


The college athletic teams, which are nicknamed the Pioneers, compete in the Southern Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. The college has very successful swimming and diving team. Indian River men's swimming and diving have won 45 straight NJCAA swimming and diving championships, and the women's team has won 37 straight national championships.[6] With 45 consecutive wins, IRSC currently holds title to the longest unbroken U.S. championship winning streak in any sport at the collegiate level. The women's team brought home their 37th overall title and extended their consecutive titles to 37.[7][8]

Notable people


  1. IRCC likely to change its name, drop 'community' : Treasure Coast : TCPalm
  2. "IRCC trustees approve name change to Indian River State College" (PDF). Indian River Community College. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  3. "Indian River State College". Indian River State College. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-09-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Two Florida community colleges named 'Top 10' in the nation". Florida Trend. September 4, 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  6. Kolar, Jamie (9 March 2019). "2019 NJCAA Championships Day 4: Indian River Men, Women Dominate". Swimming World News. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. Indian River Cruises to 41st Men's, 33rd Women's NJCAA Wins
  8. IRSC Athletics - Swimming and Diving
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