Since it was founded in 1969, Scottsdale Community College has experienced significant growth. This two-year school is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College District and is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. There are more than 150 degree and certificate programs. It has many associate’s degree programs including English and communication, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, speech, and studio and performing arts. Most students plan to transfer to four-year universities to complete their bachelor and graduate degrees after finishing their studies at Scottsdale. The college also offers numerous career or occupational programs that include nursing, interior design, fashion merchandising, hospitality, culinary arts, equine science, tribal management, and computer information programs. Accelerated, online, and 8-week accelerated courses offer flexible learning options for students. The college has also received much attention for offering the first accredited DJ and Turntablism classes at a publicly-funded college. The film school at Scottsdale has many highly successful alumni. Located on an Indian reservation, Scottsdale offers specific academic, service, and occupational programs geared toward Native American students.
Students can also take advantage of study abroad programs to five different countries, and academic support services such as free one-on-one tutoring services. There is a stimulating and rewarding honors program for exceptional students. Study abroad programs are also available.
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Scottsdale Community College has an open admission policy that allows anyone who has graduated from high school, earned a GED, is at least 18 years old and not attending high school to attend. High school students under the age of 18 must obtain permission from their parents, high school, and the SCC Admissions office to enroll. Applicants need to complete a Student Information Form at the Admissions office or online at my.maricopa.edu. Students will need to get a Maricopa Enterprise ID (MEID) and a student e-mail account. The admissions process is different for international students, who should check the school’s website for more information on how to enroll.
The Admissions Office provides a variety of services that include assistance with the admissions process, determining residency, registration, schedule changes, determining athletic eligibility, as well as evaluating transfer credits and credits from exams such as the AP, CLE, or CLEP exams.
Financial aid is available for full time and part time students. Aid is granted in the form of loans, grants, student employment, and scholarships. Most of the aid is based on demonstrated need. The school does offer the Heart of the Artichoke grant for Arizona resident students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens, and have demonstrated need, but do not qualify for federal student aid. This school’s priority deadline for financial aid applications is June 1st for the Fall semester, November 1st for the Spring semester, and May 1st for the Summer semester. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any additional information to the Financial Aid Office by the priority deadline to ensure that their applications are reviewed before the tuition due date. Financial aid applications received after this date will still be considered for aid, but students who miss the deadline may have to use their own funds to pay for their tuition and fees. Applications must be filed every year.
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Scottsdale has a highly diverse student population with students of all ages and international students from 100 different countries. The list of activities and organizations is constantly expanding so that students can find activities that suit their needs and interests. Student activities include the Student Leadership Forum, the SCC Chess Club, as well as academic clubs and pre-professional organizations such as the Student Nurses Association, the Robotics Club and the Music Industry Club.
Scottsdale also offers activities and resources that are geared toward international students. One popular program is the Converstation Partners Program, which matches international students with American students. The pairs meet on a weekly basis to exchange information about their cultures and to practice their language skills. The Student Life & Leadership Office provides services that include discount bus passes, student accident and health insurance plans, voter registration, and a student loan program that offers tuition, book, emergency, and graphing calculator loans.
While Scottsdale Community College does not offer on-campus housing, there are numerous other on-campus facilities that students can utilize. The Student and Organization Resource Center features work and storage spaces, a computer and printer, a poster machine, and the Leadership Library. There is also a cyber cafe, and a state of the art fitness center with an indoor track, a human performance lab, aerobics rooms, cardiovascular equipment, weight machines, a free weight area, and an alternative exercise area.
Off-campus, there are many interesting cultural events and fun attractions in Scottsdale. Every Thursday night, students can walk through the streets of downtown Scottsdale and enjoy free exhibits with artists’ receptions, demonstrations and more. There is also a huge amount of public art in Scottsdale and architecture lovers can visit Taliesin West, which was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Scottsdale also offers a bustling nightlife. Students can head to Handlebar J or Giligin’s for some fun. Another very fun attraction is the Scottsdale Six Drive-In, one of the last drive-in movie theaters in the country.
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Scottsdale Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and is a Region I School. Men’s intercollegiate sports offered include football, basketball, golf, soccer, track, tennis, baseball, and cross-country. Women’s sports include basketball, golf, soccer, track, tennis, softball, volleyball, and cross-country.
There is a very interesting story behind Scottsdale’s mascot, Artie the Artichoke. In the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was chosen by the school’s students who were angry with the administration because it had decided to raise funding for the athletic program while the academic departments lacked funds.
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