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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Services and programs to help students perform academically to the best of their ability are available at the Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Campuses, and the Hendry/Glades Center.  Services include academic advising, placement testing, orientation, counseling, and retention guidance.

Testing Services

Testing is considered an essential part of the college program. Edison State College will provide reliable test administration and high quality customer service in a secure testing environment for students at each campus. We will provide services and facilities that effectively move students through the enrollment process.

College Placement Testing

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is used to determine placement in English, mathematics, and reading courses.  Placement testing or exemption is required for all degree-seeking students, certificate-seeking students, high school students in accelerated programs, and Veterans.  Non-degree students planning to enroll in English, mathematics, or entry-level foreign language courses must also be tested or exempted.  

Students can access a test guide with helpful resources and practice tests at

  • Students must complete and turn in an application for admissions to the Office of the Registrar prior to testing. Processing time for applications is 24 hours.
  • Students are required to take the PERT or submit a full set of ACT-E or SAT-R scores taken within the previous two years.
  • Students who previously attended another college or university may bring in an official or unofficial transcript for evaluation.
  • The PERT is administered at all campuses and sites.  Contact local campus or for additional information.

Students who do not achieve the minimum scores on the PERT will be placed in, and required to satisfactorily complete, appropriate college preparatory instruction. Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.0315(20) mandates that students complete their remedial coursework by the time they have accumulated twelve (12) hours of college credit classes or they must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory coursework each semester until the requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in the degree earning classes. A hold may be placed on student records requiring on-campus registration until college preparatory coursework is completed.

Test Scores for College Level Placement

MAT 1033 113 – MATH 19 - MATH 440 - MATH
MGF 1106/MGF 1107 123 – MATH 23 - MATH 540 - MATH
MAC 1105/ STA 2023 123 – MATH 23 - MATH 540 - MATH
MAC 1106 135 – MATH 25 - MATH 560 - MATH

Students are referred to Academic Advising or Orientation after testing and/or evaluation of ACT-E/SAT-R scores or college transcripts.

Testing Locations

Students may obtain more information about testing by contacting the Testing Center on each campus and at the Hendry/Glades Center. Placement testing is available by appointment.

Charlotte Campus at (941) 637-5629
Collier Campus at (239) 732-3789
Hendry/Glades Center at (863) 674-0408
Lee Campus at (239) 489-9237

Other testing services provided by the Testing Center, Lee Campus, include:

  1. College Level Examination Program (CLEP), a nationally developed program for acquiring college credit by examination. More information available at
  2. Edison Online (distance learning) testing services are available on all campuses and at the Hendry/Glades Center.  Testing locations, hours, and procedures are posted at

New Student Orientation

All degree seeking students who are ‘First Time in College’ are required to attend an on-campus orientation. This orientation is designed to provide new students with useful and needed information in order to increase the likelihood of academic success and goal completion.

First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience (FYE) Program is a comprehensive blueprint for preparing any student entering college for the first time to become a self-reliant learner.  The FYE Program will include advising, orientation, or first year college experience course, and academic support for students as well as training and development for faculty.

Student Email

Edison has designated e-mail as an official method of communication with students regarding topics of academic or administrative nature.  The College will assign an e-mail account to each student and expects students to be responsible for all information sent to them via their College e-mail account.

Academic Advising Services

Academic advising is an integral part of a student’s success at Edison State College.  Following placement testing and orientation, each degree-seeking student will meet with an Academic Advising Specialist. 

Each degree-seeking student will be assisted in the following:

  1. Interpreting placement test scores.
  2. Understanding degree options at Edison State: Bachelor’s, Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Arts (AA), and Certificate programs.
  3. Understanding educational programs and transfer requirements for universities and colleges.
  4. Developing an educational plan to accomplish the objective desired by the student.
  5. Monitoring progress towards educational goals; this includes 45 credit-hour graduation course check and 90 credit-hour course check.
  6. Completing the graduation check verification during the last semester of the degree.
  7. Registration for graduation.

Academic advising is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Students are encouraged to pursue advising during non-peak registration times.

For appointment with an academic advisor, please contact one of the following campus locations:

Charlotte Campus:  (941) 637-5629

Collier Campus:  (239) 732-3703

Lee Campus:  (239) 489-9365 or 489-9230

Hendry Glades Center: (863) 674-0408

Please see the Academic Policies and Procedures Relating to Students  page for Standards of Academic Progress.

Counseling Services and Ombudsman

Students experience a great many stresses in their lives–sorting out one’s identity, establishing and maintaining relationships, coping with anxiety and depression, dealing with losses, handling academic demands and financial issues.  To help with these tasks, ESC Counseling office provides a variety of free and confidential services including consultation, on-campus short-term counseling, and off-campus outreach programs that are designed to help students overcome challenges that occur while trying to meet their intellectual, interpersonal, and developmental goals.  Personal counseling is an opportunity for the student to learn how to be more capable at resolving personal and/or academic issues.

The mission of the Student Ombudsman is to provide to all ESC students an accessible, independent, impartial, and confidential resource for the expeditious resolution of problems. The Ombudsman serves in the capacity as an advocate for fairness of outcomes.  In seeking to prevent problems as well as to respond to them, the Ombudsman acts as an agent of change by continuously evaluating established processes and procedures intended to address issues pertaining to student satisfaction, programs, and services.

Career Services

Career Services at Edison State College offers a wide array of services to students, visitors, and employers.  The professional staff in Career Services has many years of collective experience in career coaching, assessments, and job search skills training.   The following is a list of services and programs available to Edison State College students and alumni.

  • Career Exploration Assessments
  • Selection of Major
  • Resource Library and Virtual Career Tools
  • JobNet Job Postings and Career Opportunities
  • Job Search Skills – Resume, Cover Letters, Interviewing
  • Free Job Posting for Employers
  • Workshops for Students / Faculty / Staff