Daytona State College

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Daytona State College
Daytona State College logo.png
MottoScientia potentia est ( Latin)
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
Type Public
Established1957 [1]
Endowment US$29.3 million [2]
PresidentDr. Tom LoBasso
Students18,013 total (2010 Spring) [3]
7,637 full-time
10,376 part-time
Location, ,
United States
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and white         
Athletics NJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference
10 sports teams
Mascot Falcon [4]

Daytona State College is a public college in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. DSC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Mid-Florida Conference (Region VIII) in 10 sports, including men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, women's golf, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, and baseball. [5] Swimming was discontinued following the 2012-13 academic year. As of 2011, DSC held eight NJCAA Team National Championship titles. [5]

DSC is home to the Southeast Museum of Photography, and has partnered with the Volusia and Flagler County school districts to form the Advanced Technology College, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits via dual enrollment. DSC offers the Associate of Arts and various Associate of Science degrees, and as of 2014 offered six bachelor's degrees: the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. As of 2014, it served nearly 30,000 students annually. [1]

Daytona State College is accredited to award associate and bachelor's degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. [1]


The Florida Legislature authorized Daytona Beach Junior College as one of Florida's first comprehensive colleges in 1957. Its three divisions – college credit, adult education, and the Mary Karl Vocational School – functioned as separate entities under Volusia County Schools, although they all were administered by the college's president. Volusia County Junior College was founded simultaneously as a school for African Americans; at its inception Daytona Beach was all-white (at the time there were no integrated colleges in the state). Following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Volusia was closed in 1965, [1] [6] [7] [8] and its students were given the option of enrolling at Daytona Beach. Those who did found an unhospitable atmosphere, and while 450 students transferred in 1965-66, black enrollment in 1966-67 was under 100. [9]

In 1968, the Florida Legislature combined Daytona Beach Junior College's divisions into a single administrative unit under a District Board of Trustees independent of Volusia County Schools. In 1971, the college was renamed Daytona Beach Community College. [1]

Daytona Beach Community College became a four-year college in 2006, when it offered its first bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. In 2008, the college was renamed as Daytona Beach College, then a month later renamed as Daytona State College, reflecting its transition to a four-year institution offering workforce baccalaureate degrees. The college began offering Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in spring 2009, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degrees in fall 2010, and bachelor's degrees in Nursing and Information Technology in January 2014. [1]


The school's athletic teams compete in the Mid-Florida Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Herbert L. Becker American actor, magician, entertainer and author
Tiffany Chan 2015 Golfer and 2016 Olympian [10]
Joyce Cusack 1971 Member of the Florida House of Representatives [11]
Richard Gibbs American film composer and music producer
Solomon Jones 2004 NBA basketball player
Pat Meyers LPGA golfer [12]
Clay Pickering 1980 former NFL player [13]
Hal Prewitt 1976 Artist, photographer, entrepreneur, racecar driver and inventor of personal computer technology [14]
Dwayne L. Taylor Member of the Florida House of Representatives [15]
Jamie Watson Professional soccer player, currently with Orlando City [16]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "History of Daytona State College" Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine. Daytona State College Catalog. Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Daytona State College, Financial Audit, For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2010". State of Florida. February 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Degree and Non-Degree Student Data by Status Spring 2010" Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine. Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "How Well Do You Think You Know Daytona State College Athletics?". Daytona State College. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Daytona State College" Archived 2011-09-11 at the Wayback Machine. National Junior College Athletic Association. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Edwards, Kimela I.; Hudnell, Ineria E.; Newton, Margaret S.; et al., eds. (2004). "Historical Timeline of Black Education in Palm Beach County Florida" (PDF). The Ipet-Isut Historical Preservation Foundation: 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= ( help)
  7. ^ "Merger Of Colleges Slated In Volusia". Ocala Star Banner. May 12, 1965. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Osborne, Eleanore (May 31, 2014). "Daytona concert to honor gospel DJ and promoter Mattie Howard". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Walter L. Smith, The Magnificent Twelve: Florida's Black Junior Colleges, Winter Park, Florida, FOUR-G Publishers, 1994, ISBN  1885066015, p. 148.
  10. ^ "'The greatest day in the history of Hong Kong golf' as sensation Tiffany Chan seals qualification for the Olympics | South China Morning Post". Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  11. ^ "Representative Joyce Cusack". Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "Patrica Meyers" Archived 2007-10-30 at the Wayback Machine. LPGA. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  13. ^ "Clay Pickering". Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "A Computer Whiz Kid Challenges the Big Boys", Florida Trend Aug 1987. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  15. ^ "Representative Dwayne L. Taylor". Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  16. ^ "One on One with Jamie Watson". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 22, 2013.

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Latitude and Longitude:

29°12′06″N 81°03′05″W / 29.2015592°N 81.051315°W / 29.2015592; -81.051315