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Rankings and Awards

Indian River State College values the complete success of our students in their career and educational endeavors. As part of this commitment, we want our students, employees, community and public to have access to data that quantifies success, from degree completions to employment rates to average entry wages in selected program fields. Below you will find a sample of data resources from federal and state agencies that offer some insight into student success at IRSC.

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

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Indian River State College is the 2019 winner of the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, an honor that recognizes outstanding quality in the areas of completion & transfer, labor market outcomes, learning, equity and more. A finalist for three consecutive prize cycles—in 2015, 2017 and 2019—IRSC was awarded Top-3 Finalist with Distinction in 2017, ultimately earning the number one spot in 2019.  To learn more about the Aspen Prize, visit:

Achieving the Dream—Leader College

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In 2014, Indian River State College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national, non-profit network of colleges collaboratively working to achieve positive higher education reforms, data-driven institutional improvement and productive equity outcomes.  Within two years of joining, IRSC was invited by ATD to be a Leader College in the network as a result of the institution’s work on completion rates, achievement gap closure, and more. To learn more about the efforts of Achieving the Dream, visit:

U.S. Dept. of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center

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Indian River State College is consistently one of the most affordable public, postsecondary institutions in the United States. The most recent data available for current and future students suggests that IRSC is the second-most affordable college in the nation (4-Year or Above, Public and Lowest Net Prices). To browse the Dept. of Education’s college affordability data, visit:

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