St. Petersburg College Reviews

  • 18 Reviews
  • Clearwater (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,286
75% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 18 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Kim
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"This college really jerked me around. There were three professors in the medical field of learning were completely awful. The program director was a joke. They did me so wrong...they mailed me a Certificate I didnt even apply for because they caused me to have a nervous breakdown for classes from my degree."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2019
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Worst. Place. Ever. My experience was OK 7 years ago. I’ve received a Masters degree since that time, from USF where I had an entirely different and much better experience. My husbands current experience at SPC is horrible. The staff are unreliable and the lack of knowledge and ability should be embarrassing to SPC leadership. When my husband calls the financial aide office, it’s almost as if a high school level educated child is on the other end, if that. They will intentionally set you up for failure. Or, maybe they are just that unaware of how to do their jobs, that they don’t even know they are ruining your entire academic career."
Stephanie Phelan
  • Reviewed: 11/26/2019
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Amazing and life changing, to say the least. Thank you St. Petersburg College for creating this spark inside of me that allows me to be passionate about what I learn in school. I feel so confident using the skills I've learned to help create the next steps for my career."
Worst Registered nurse Program in Florida
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"What they dont tell you is last 6 months of their program they fail 40-60% of their students. Please ask them. The teachers refuse to teach, they treat students like dirt with a lot of racial type discrimination. The students arent stupid. Please look for other reviews. We had one girl talking about killing herself no one cared. The President of the School (Tonjua Williams) and the Board of Trustee's (Katherine E. Cole) even know whats going on. They dont care. Its really sad. There is a waiting list and you need a high GPA the cost is 1/4 of other programs in the area, trust me pay the extra money go anywhere else."
Celeste Hudson
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Dental Hygiene
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"St. Petersburg's Dental Hygiene program was extremely challenging but rewarding at the same time. The faculty and staff demanded excellence from the students at all times. It was nice to graduate from the first and only baccalaureate program in dental hygiene in Florida and one of the largest degree completion programs in the nation."
Celeste Hudson
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Dental Hygiene
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"St. Petersburg's Dental Hygiene program was extremely challenging but rewarding at the same time. The faculty and staff demanded excellence from the students at all times. It was nice to graduate from the first and only baccalaureate program in dental hygiene in Florida and one of the largest degree completion programs in the nation."
DL
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The accessibility services at this college (most experience with the accessibility services at the Gibbs Campus) doesn't help or even care if you are disabled. This college only cares if it can barely pass ADA regulations. The financial aid office communicates poorly and does not word anything well. The foundation scholarship due date for the next semester is always in the middle of your current one, which can cause you to miss the due date. The college sets how much pell grant you get, and this amount is often less than your tuition. The cost more than triples if you are considered out of state, which means that you have not lived in Florida for one full year yet (if the point at which you have lived in Flordia for 1 year is in the middle of the semester, then you will be considered out of state for that semester) or do not currently live in Florida. If you end up with any college financial difficulties whatsoever (sometimes because the college decided to accept less of your pell grant or because the price of classes increased), then this college recommends you take put loans. This college does anything it can to get you stuck in debt. While I have had many decent professors, others were less good. However, I have heard of others having had a teacher grade tests "weirdly" (which I have experienced) or putting questions on the tests about material which is not covered, not in the online study guides, and not in the textbook, causing most people in the class to get a lower grade. Many of these professors have terrible communication, leaving a student not knowing what is expected of him or her or even when the next homework assignment is due. I have seen and heard many terrible things about the academic advisors. If you want to, just hang around where people go in to see them, especially around the beginning or ending of a semester. My own experience is that the quality of advisor can range from cry-inducing to decent. A lot of the staff at this college is so bad at communication that it can take one of them a half hour and several information packets to explain something that can be said in a couple of sentences while still not being helpful. As someone else who attends this college said, the mentality is very "sink or swim", as in they don't help, but expect you to understand everything on your own. They do not help you with anything from financial aid to disability accomodations (even with extended time testing for example, you usually have to set an appointment at the testing center for every exam you take). The motto for this college should be "Go help yourself," as this best describes the help they give you."
Lauren Pinto
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I transferred from Keiser University to SPC and my experience so far has been much better, I feel like I am getting the help I need, the tutors at the writing center at the Clearwater Campus are so helpful and knowledgeable . I would highly recommend SPC"
John
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2017
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Horrible student service for online students. Most of the time you can't just call with a questions because the operators s don't know it. You have to set up an appointment usually days ahead to get a simple answer to a simple question. My financial aid was taking forever to post and when I called I kept getting "Oh, it's just takes a while to complete" After a ridiculous amount of time I finally got an answer, "oh, it was completed almost a month ago but they just didn't bother to update your account. I can't do anything about it except send them a message reminding them to update and that can take 7 business days. No there's nothing that can be done to speed this up and there is no one in financial aid that you can talk to directly" I decided to go ahead and register for classes because I was getting dangerous close to the six other mark because of how long this was taking. Nope, I need the exact class numbers, I cannot look them up by name and no no one on the phone can help me. I simply must set up an appointment and wait to get the numbers to star my classes. Why can they not have a system for operators to look up class numbers? I came from Liberty university and I could easily get whatever information that I needed in one simple phone call. No setting up phone appointments and waiting days just to get one simple question answered. This college has a horrible system that can make getting critical information difficult and make it very difficult for online students. If this is how they operate then they should not have online programs at all."
Iwuzthere
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2004
"I had a horrible experience in Nursing School. I found this primarily to be the cause of the instructors who discriminated against students, bullied students, and with one teacher plain out right refused to teach the class at all repeatedly stating "it's in your reading" When I confronted her with the fact that the information I asked about was not in the reading and that the tuition I paid was paying her salary so she had a contractual duty to teach the curriculum she told me to "see me after class." I never got my question answered and the administration told the students wait and see how you do on your finals then complain and then told them it was too late to complain and if they did they'd be tossed out of the program. And that was the least of the problems with the teachers...."