Santa Fe College

Introduction

Santa Fe College enjoys a rich history of nearly 50 years of academic and community leadership, and we're building on that tradition. Find out more about our history, the people who make us successful, and how to help shape our future. Santa Fe College

Who We Are

Santa Fe College, based in Gainesville, is one of the premier public colleges in the United States. A member of the Florida College System, a statewide system of 28 public colleges, Santa Fe was chartered by the State of Florida in 1965. Santa Fe offers a variety of educational options:

  • two-year associate degrees
  • four-year bachelors degrees
  • career and technical certificate and degree programs
  • continuing education programs tailored to employer and workforce needs
  • community education enrichment programs.

Santa Fe:

  • Ranks first in Florida among public colleges in graduation rate and in the Top 10 nationally in the number of associate degrees awarded in liberal arts.
  • Is a charter member of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College.
  • Enjoys strong ties with the University of Florida; SF sends more transfer students to UF than any other college.
  • Enrolls nearly 24,000 degree-seeking students annually from Florida, across the United States, and 54 countries. More than 40 percent of students come from outside the two-county district.
  • Enrolls an additional 9,000 students annually in enrichment, continuing education or workforce training programs.
  • Is easily accessible, with eight convenient and attractive campus locations throughout the region as well as OnLine: Gainesville (Northwest campus, Blount Center, Center for Innovation and Economic Development, Institute of Public Safety), Alachua (Perry Center for Emerging Technologies), Starke (Andrews Center), Keystone Heights (Watson Center), Archer (Davis Center)
  • Provides a rich college experience for students, with more than 60 clubs and organizations, a strong student government, study abroad programs, an honors program, intramural sports and a fitness center.
  • Competes for league championships in four sports - baseball, softball and men's and women's basketball.
  • Features small classes taught by exceptional, dedicated, and credentialed faculty.
  • Is the home for the 10-acre Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, one of only two in the nation, and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, the only planetarium in north central Florida.

Santa Fe College

Programs of Study

Leading programs at Santa Fe include Health Sciences (Nursing, Respiratory Care, Cardiovascular Technology, Medical Imaging, etc.), Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Science, Business Administration, Digital Media, Zoo Technology and Health Services Administration. There is strong demand for graduates in these areas. The passing rate of SF graduates on national exams is high. In respiratory care, for example, the passing rate for SF graduates is 99 percent. Nearly two-thirds of SF students are enrolled in Associate of Arts programs, and SF has 2x2 articulation programs with four UF colleges. There is a UF@SF Center on the Northwest campus. Santa Fe offers bachelors programs in clinical laboratory science, health services administration (on-line), nursing and early childhood education. A bachelors level program in organizational development and supervisory management will be available soon. Under development are bachelors and advanced technical certificate programs in industrial biotechnology. In 2011, nearly 2,000 people were enrolled in SF's corporate training and workforce development programs. At the CIED (Center for Innovation and Economic Development), located in downtown Gainesville near UF Innovation Hub, SF provides a wide range of incubator services to entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019

Adding value to the lives of our students and enriching our community.

Mission Statement

In keeping with our values and goals, Santa Fe College, a comprehensive public institution of higher education serving North Central Florida and beyond, adds value to the lives of our students and enriches our community through excellence in teaching and learning, innovative educational programs and student services, and community leadership and service.

Values

Santa Fe College is a dynamic, innovative learning community committed to

  • Academic excellence, academic freedom, and intellectual pursuit
  • Individual, social, and global responsibility
  • Honesty, integrity, and civility
  • Cultural diversity and equity
  • Collaboration with our community
  • Open access
  • Lifelong learning
  • Assessment, accountability, and improvement
  • Sustainable use of environmental, social, and economic resources

Santa Fe College

Strategies

Access

  • Make it easier to do business with Santa Fe College.
  • Simplify the entry process.
  • Diversify and improve points of college and student contact.
  • Ensure consistency and availability of services.
  • Match hours of operation and services to student need.
  • Offer classes, class times, and class formats that meet the research-based needs of students for flexible and nontraditional scheduling.
  • Assess quality and cost-effectiveness of services from multiple perspectives, particularly the student perspective.
  • Provide transparency to program and instructional outcomes and costs.
  • Consider both quality and cost when selecting required instructional materials.

Connection

  • Meet students where they are.
  • Provide students with intuitive and immediate access to resources and information through an engaging technology interface.
  • Communicate in terms clear to students, using varied and accessible means.
  • Map out pathways to information and resources.
  • Configure and equip learning spaces to encourage best teaching and learning practices.
  • Create a learning center or learning commons.
  • Define the role each department and program plays in student engagement and connection.
  • Serve students at the point of contact where possible.
  • Confirm referral paths for students and issues before handing them off, and describe next steps in terms clear to students.
  • Communicate Santa Fe's value to the community and to students.
  • Boost student utilization of college resources and support services.
  • Strengthen networks/connections with the public through engagement with civic organizations, service organizations, business partners, and community stakeholders.

Direction

  • Put learning and students first.
  • Promote and model best tools/practices to be successful.
  • Integrate college success skills with instruction in high enrollment or gateway courses.
  • Guide and support students along their way.
  • Expand support services and practices that help students identify their goals and stay on track for successful completion.
  • Integrate Orientation, advising, and other key interactions with students to feature timely information on next steps in support of learning and successful completion.
  • Develop the regional workforce.
  • Coordinate and enhance our partnerships with regional employers to match students with opportunities for apprenticeships, internships, and job placements.
  • Build academic/career lattices that provide pathways from high school through bachelor's degree programs.
  • Use labor market data to develop and refine academic programs to contribute to regional economic development.
  • Promote a culture of excellence.
  • Provide targeted professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Develop the organization to reflect institutional values in all interactions.

Achievement

  • Cultivate students who contribute to society.
  • Provide learning activities that foster civic engagement and service.
  • Demonstrate and promote sustainability.
  • Reinforce general education learning outcomes throughout the curriculum.
  • Prepare globally competitive graduates.
  • Prepare students to adapt to a changing world and effect positive change.
  • Model and instill professionalism and intercultural proficiency.
  • Position ourselves as the college of choice and as the employer of choice.
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Programs

This school also offers:

Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts in Art History

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

Art History is the study of human expression – visual, but also tactile, spatial and sometimes aural – through history. Art Historians develop ways to translate from the visual to the verbal, through analysis and interpretation, using a number of different approaches and methodologies. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university to transfer. Art History is the study of human expression – visual, but also tactile, spatial and sometimes aural – through history. Art Historians develop ways to translate from the visual to the verbal, through analysis and interpretation, using some different approaches and methodologies. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Business Administration

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

The Business Administration program is designed for career-oriented students who desire career positions in business, college transfer students who wish to complete a four-year degree, and working adults who want to obtain an associate degree and further career skills in business-related fields such as management, human resources, finance, production, marketing, and sales. [+]

Program Overview

The Business Administration program is designed for career-oriented students who desire career positions in business, college transfer students who wish to complete a four-year degree, and working adults who want to obtain an associate degree and further career skills in business-related fields such as management, human resources, finance, production, marketing, and sales.

The curriculum provides knowledge of business concepts; social, technological, political, legal and economic forces in business; ethical and social considerations; theory, policy and trends of economic problems of society and the individual.

Career Possibilities

Business Administration graduates can select employment in a variety of fields: management, human resources, finance, production, marketing, sales, accounting or as administrative assistants in all areas of commerce and industry.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree in computer science. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree in computer science. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

What is Computer Science?

Computer science is the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. This degree area consistently ranks among the fastest-growing, highest-paying fields in the U.S.

Computer science professionals meet the needs of an industry that supplies the software for the growing number of devices, websites and apps we use every day.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. Scientists and inventors often get the credit for innovations that advance the human condition, but it is engineers who are instrumental in making those innovations available to the world.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Graphic Design

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. Graphic design is the methodology of visual communication, and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used interchangeably with these due to overlapping skills involved. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Hospitality Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Hospitality Management is the study of the hospitality industry. Degrees in hospitality management may also be referred to as hotel management, hotel and tourism management, or hotel administration.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in International Business

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

International business comprises all commercial transactions (private and governmental, sales, investments, logistics, and transportation) that take place between two or more regions, countries and nations beyond their political boundaries.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Journalism

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Journalism is a form of writing that tells people about things that really happened, but that they might not have known about already. People who write journalism are called "journalists." They might work at newspapers, magazines, websites or for TV or radio stations.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Political Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government and the analysis of political activity and political behavior.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Your associate degree will also include required courses in general critical thinking, or in other words the liberal arts. The liberal arts include courses in things such as English, humanities and arts, the social sciences, and science and math.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Sports Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. Students enrolled in this A.A. degree will explore a variety of classes, including sport sociology and sport administration, to better understand the sports industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 29% in jobs in coaching and scouting through 2020 and a 10% increase in agents and managers of athletes through 2016. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed for the student who intends to transfer into a bachelor's degree program. You do not earn an A.A. in a specific major; however, you do have the opportunity to track toward a specific major at a university by choosing a related advisement track at Santa Fe College. If you don’t see a track geared toward your intended transfer major, you may choose General Studies and speak with your academic advisor.... [-]


Associate of Arts in Zoology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer. [+]

Program Overview

This program provides you with the basic requirements to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. You are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the university in order to transfer.

Zoology is the division of biology that deals with the animal kingdom. It’s the scientific study of everything having to do with animals, just as botany is the scientific study of plants. It's a huge field that covers the classification of every animal on earth as well as many broader fields of experimentation and inquiry related to animal life, and the field keeps expanding due to scientific advances that continue to open new areas of research.... [-]


Associate of Science

Associate of Science in Digital Media Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Gainesville

The Associate in Science degree program in Digital Media Technology offers instruction in the theory and practice of digital media to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in the expanding field of digital video production. [+]

Program Overview

The Associate in Science degree program in Digital Media Technology offers instruction in the theory and practice of digital media to prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in the expanding field of digital video production.

Admission is competitive. The Digital Media Technology program requires a separate application beyond initial acceptance to Santa Fe College.

Admission is based on faculty rankings of the departmental applications. It is not a requirement that students complete their General Education requirements before applying for admission to Digital Media Technology but we strongly recommend that applicants take classes in the Fine Arts Department before being admitted to Digital Media. Some of these classes may also cover some of their General Education requirements (please contact our department for more information about classes we recommend). Once admitted to Digital Media, students take courses full time in a specific, or lockstep, sequence.... [-]


Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2019 USA Gainesville

The Health Information Technology Associate of Science degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) with this 70-credit hour program. [+]

The Health Information Technology Associate of Science degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) with this 70-credit hour program. HIM professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and health records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. HIM professionals work in a multitude of settings throughout the healthcare industry including hospitals, physician offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, government agencies and home care providers.... [-]


Associate of Science in Programming and Analysis

Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Gainesville

When you join the Programming and Analysis program you join the ranks of forward thinking visionaries forging the future one code line at a time. [+]

Program Overview

We'll Get You There!

When you join the Programming and Analysis program you join the ranks of forward thinking visionaries forging the future one code line at a time.

The program combines the most up-to-date ample facilities and techniques to give you a strong foundation in computer programming and web development. Small classes encourage one-on-one contact with your instructors, and qualified professionals who have real-world work experience. The program emphasizes creative thinking and problem solving in combination with hands-on instruction on industry standard computer hardware and software.

You will train in both the Mac and PC platforms and learn the industry standard applications, used by the nation's leading programmers and developers. You will learn to program sites and create applications with HTML5, CSS, PHP, C++, and JavaScript.... [-]


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