Santa Fe College

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Santa Fe College
Former names
Santa Fe Community College (1965–2008)
PresidentPaul Broadie II
Students22,043 (2015-2016)[1]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and white   
AthleticsNJCAA Region 8, Mid-Florida Conference
The Logo of Santa Fe College featuring the letters "SF" prominent on top of the words "Santa Fe College" in blue
Main campus, southern end

Santa Fe College is a public college based in Gainesville, Florida, with satellite campuses in Alachua and Bradford counties. Established in 1965 as "Santa Fe Junior College" by the Florida Legislature, the school began offering classes in September 1966.[2] As of 2020, the school had an enrollment of 18,487 students, and offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs.[3]


Santa Fe Community College was established by the Florida Legislature in 1965 in response to a request from the Alachua and Bradford County Boards of Public Instruction, which had canvassed the area and learned that the community would be well served if all citizens have the opportunity for an education. In 2008, Santa Fe Community College officially changed its name to Santa Fe College to emphasize the bachelor's degree programs that it began offering.[4]



  • Northwest Campus, located in the Northwest side of Gainesville next to I-75, opened in 1972. The 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus serves as the main campus for the college.


  • Andrews Center, located in Starke, opened in the renovated Bradford County Courthouse in 1985. It expanded in 1991 with the restored Cultural Building and in 2001 with the Lillian Stump Center.
  • Blount Center, located in downtown Gainesville, opened in 1990. Originally in the renovated 6th Street railroad depot, it expanded in 1993 and again in 2006 with a new classroom building.
  • Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies, located in Alachua, opened in 2009. The Perry Center serves as the home for the new Clinical Laboratory Technology bachelor's degree, as well as the biotechnology degrees.
  • Davis Center, located in Archer, opened in 2003.
  • Kirkpatrick Center, located near the Gainesville Regional Airport, opened in 1972. This center, also referred to at the Institute of Public Safety, educates law enforcement and corrections officer recruits and offers programs to train sworn officers. The Kirkpatrick Center also educates students in the Emergency Medical Services and Aviation Sciences programs.
  • Watson Center, located in Keystone Heights, opened in 2005, with a second building being added in 2006.[5]


The college has more than 50 accredited technology and applied sciences programs, most which are two-year degrees.

Demographics of student body (Fall 2018)[6]
Students Florida U.S. Census
African American 19.46% 16.9% 13.4%
European American 51.9% 54.1% 60.7%
Hispanic American 18.97% 25.6% 18.1%
Other 9.97% 0.5% 1.3%

Arts and Sciences Program[edit]

Offering an Associate in Arts Degree, the Arts and Sciences Program consists primarily of liberal arts and sciences courses. This program culminates in a two-year liberal arts degree that can be transferred to a university which offers a bachelor's degree. The descriptions, course numbers and content of classes at Santa Fe College are the same as those in the first two years at Florida's public universities. Santa Fe College's liberal arts courses are also transferable to most public and private four-year schools in the US.[7]

Technology and Applied Sciences Program[edit]

Offering the Associate in Science degree or certificate, the Associate in Science program consists of technology and applied sciences courses designed to prepare students for careers in skilled professions. Some of these programs enable them to transfer to a four-year college or university. Programs offered include Dental Assisting, Air Conditioning Repair, Automotive Technology, Child Development, Construction, Public Safety, Zoo Animal Technology, Information Technology, Cardiovascular Technology, Aviation Safety and Nursing.[7]

Bachelor's degrees[edit]

Santa Fe College offers nine bachelor's degrees: Accounting, Clinical Laboratory Science, Early Childhood Education, Health Services Administration, Industrial Biotechnology, Information Systems Technology, Multimedia and Video Production Technology, Nursing, and Organizational Management.[7]


Santa Fe College is supported by the Lawrence W. Tyree Library, which is located in Building Y on the main Northwest Campus. Opened in January 2002, the $10 million building includes a coffee shop, multiple group study rooms of varying sizes, DVD and video viewing stations, computerized classrooms, a conference room and two reference desks.[8] Additional technology and services available to Santa Fe College students and faculty through the Tyree Library include printers and copiers, multiple charging stations, and 87 computers distributed throughout the library's ample study areas, as well as a thorough online library catalog through which patrons can also request books and other media from library collections throughout the state.[9]

The library is named in honor of former Santa Fe Community College president, Lawrence W. Tyree.[8]


Fight Song[edit]

In 2009, Santa Fe College adopted a fight song. "Saints Forever" was performed for the first time on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 between softball games in Gainesville. The song was a collaboration between Chris Sharp, the college's director of bands, and Ryan B. Leverone, a Santa Fe College student.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2009, Santa Fe College was listed 6th in the nation in awarding A.A. degrees by Community College Week.[11]

In 2012 and 2014, the college was named as one of the ten best community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute.[12][13]

In 2015, the Aspen Institute gave the school the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence as top-rated community college in the United States.[14]

In 2015, Santa Fe College's Lawrence W. Tyree Library received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Santa Fe College Facts". Santa Fe College. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ History of the Colleges. Santa Fe College. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ Facts. Santa Fe College. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ Voyles, Karen (1 July 2008). "SFCC adopting new name". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
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  7. ^ a b c "Programs by Type". Santa Fe College. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b "The History of the Lawrence W. Tyree Library". Santa Fe College Lawrence W. Tyree Library. Santa Fe College. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Library Mission & Goals". Santa Fe College Lawrence W. Tyree Library. Santa Fe College. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  10. ^ Mathis, Hayley (22 April 2009). "SFC unveils school fight song". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  11. ^ [1] Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Two Florida community colleges named 'Top 10' in the nation". Florida Trend. September 4, 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  13. ^ Bidwell, Allie (March 19, 2015). "Structured Pathways Help Community Colleges Succeed". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Jester, Erin (March 18, 2015). "Santa Fe College wins Aspen Prize". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  15. ^ Jester, Erin (31 March 2015). "SF College's library gets national award" (PDF). The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2016.

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