President's Message

Welcome to Daytona State College – your gateway to success.

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At Daytona State College, nothing is more important than the success of our students.  The college is dedicated to removing obstacles, inspiring hope and confidence, and making the personal connections that convince our students they belong in college.  Success means achievement in the classroom, the workplace and in life. We accomplish this not by being a gatekeeper, but a gateway.  Students come to us because they believe we can help them achieve success, and that is a precious and vulnerable faith. We take it very seriously. 

Whether you're a student, a parent, a supporter or someone interested in exploring our institution, you'll find remarkable opportunities at DSC to enrich lives and open doors. We offer pathways to exciting careers, further education, in-demand skills training and personal enrichment.

Daytona State has distinguished itself with high-quality academic programs, outstanding faculty dedicated to teaching, and small class sizes that ensure our students get the attention and support to help them succeed.

This year, we offer new programs that reflect the evolving economic and workforce needs of our communities. Recent examples of new programs that resulted from collaboration with our program advisory boards include the creation of a Project Management advanced technical certificate inside our Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, and a specialization in 3-D Manufacturing in our AS in Engineering Technology. Our new Certificate in Hospitality Beverage Science, the first of its kind in the state-college system, will train students for immediate placement in the fast-growing craft beer and wine industry. We're also proud of the success of our recently added Associate of Science in Broadcast Television Production, leveraging the power of WDSC TV 15 to introduce students to live productions of Falcon sporting events, including our men's and women's soccer competition.

As a college community, we're proud that Daytona State consistently earns high marks from U. S. News & World Report due to top-notch faculty, smart technology and focused student engagement. We rank among the nation's Best Online Bachelor's Programs, and have earned a similar placement for Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans. That goes along with placing among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers in America and, in Florida, earning the top spot for undergraduate elementary-education bachelor's programs.

Our students, who number about 28,000 a year, can expand their college experience with many student services and activities, including:

On our campuses you'll also find the internationally recognized Southeast Museum of Photography, a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility and two theaters that host theatrical, musical and dance productions throughout the year.

Let us know if we can help you join in the Daytona State College experience from where ever you are in life. I applaud you for making the smart choice and taking the next step toward your goals.


Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.