Blinn College was founded as Mission Institute in 1883. It was strictly for male students until the institute began admitting females in 1888. The school experienced its first name change in 1899 when it became Blinn Memorial College after Christian Blinn donated a substantial amount of money to make it possible to operate the school. In 1927, the institute became a junior college that merged with Southwestern University of Georgetown, Texas.
In 1934, the institution became a nonsectarian junior college and took on its current name. The college severed its connection with Southwestern University in 1937. An election was held to levy taxes in order to form a public junior college district, creating the first junior college district in Texas owned by the county. Today it is one of the largest community college districts in the state of Texas.
As a junior college, Blinn offers Associate of Art (AA) degrees and Associate of Science (AS) degrees. Accreditation is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The location in Brenham, Texas offers certificates and degrees in 10 divisions: Division of Agricultural Sciences; Division of Business, Information Technology, and Public Service; Division of Fine Arts, Music, and Drama; Division of Health and Kinesiology; Division of Natural Science; Division of Humanities; Division of Math and Engineering; Division of Parallel Studies; Division of Applied Sciences; and Division of Social Science.
A few of the areas in which students can earn associate’s degrees include Communications, Geology, Accounting, Business, Heath, Reading, Computer Science, Agriculture, Fire Science, Mental Health Services, Engineering Graphics, Chemistry, Philosophy, Emergency Medical Technician, Public Service, Drama, and Speech.
The college offers a transfer program for students who want to earn a degree from a baccalaureate granting university. The universities that participate in this transfer program include Sam Houston State University, University of Houston, Texas A & M University, Texas State University- San Marcos, Kaplan University, and The University of Texas. Students must sign Transfer Articulation Agreements to participate in the transfer program. Students can determine the equivalent course offered at one of the transferring universities to make sure that the courses transfer without any problems.
Baylor University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Prairie View A & M University, and Texas A & M all offer transfer scholarships. There are specific scholarships only available to community college transfers. Numerous scholarships are available so students who are interested in such scholarships can find the information on the college website.
For high school students there is the Academic Dual Credit Program, which students may enter during their junior or senior year of high school. The program allows students to earn college courses while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Students are allowed to earn a limit of 2 college credits each semester. Courses are taught either at the high school by instructors with the proper credentials or on the college campus. Students receive the same rigorous instruction, and students have both a high school and a college transcript upon graduating high school.
The requirements to enter the Dual Credit Program include a completed application and Dual Credit forms, permission from the attending high school, a “B” average or better in all academic courses, and an official high school transcript, satisfying the requirements of Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Students must also pass certain section(s) of the THEA or alternative test related to courses and satisfy certain criteria on TAKS, SAT, or ACT scores. Students receive tuition and fees for the Dual Credit Program at a reduced rate.
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High school graduates or GED recipients must meet certain criteria for admissions. Students must complete an electronic or signed paper application; submit official exemption, THEA, or alternative test scores and the corresponding documentation; submit official transcript with graduation date and last year’s grades; and submit a completed self-advising waiver form or advising form for students who qualify for TSI exemption or who passed all sections. Students transferring from another college must submit an official transcript from the transferring college.
Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED must submit a completed electronic or signed application, advising or self-advising waiver forms, take a Department of Education Ability to Benefit test for student seeking Title IV Financial Aid, and official exemption, THEA, or alternative test scores and related documentation. Students who are under the age of 18 must also submit a notarized transcript from the head instructor or principal that shows the grades from the last attended semester. Students who fit these criteria are only allowed to take two college credit courses per semester.
International students who are legal immigrants must submit a certified copy of I-551, permanent residence card of Alien Registration Receipt Card, and meet the same requirements for admission as a United States citizen. Those with immigration status pending must submit evidence of filing petition to change status with Immigration and Naturalization Service, a certified copy of the marriage certificate for those married to U.S. citizens, and meet the requirements for admission of international students until 551 is issued or until status change is approved.
Nonimmigrant aliens must submit a completed admission application and a non-refundable application fee, financial statement proving adequate funds are available to fund an education, a minimum score of a 500 on the TOEFL test, certified English translation of high school or college courses taken, self-waiver form or advising form, a minimum GPA of 2.0 in college courses previously taken, copy of current I-20, and copy of current I-94 and passport. All documentation must be submitted 30 days before registering.
All students who wish to receive financial assistance must submit a completed FAFSA form. The application is due in early April for the summer session, early June for the fall semester, and early October for the spring semester. Students may qualify for loans, grants, scholarships, and / or work-study programs depending on their financial need. Loans come in the form of subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest once the loan is provided. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board offers a College Access Loan and a B-On Time Loan. The College Access Loan must be repaid but the B-On Time Loan may be forgiven upon graduation if students meet certain criteria.
Available grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Texas Public Education Grant, Texas Grant, Perkins Grant, and Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG).
There are scholarship opportunities as well, both internal and offered by outside sources. Internal scholarship applications are due in early April for the fall semester. Students may qualify for full scholarships and partial scholarships. There are also scholarships offered by various academic departments. Students receiving outside scholarships must make sure that the checks are sent to the Financial Aid office to the attention of a Scholarship Advisor. Failure to comply with this request may result in delayed funding.
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The Brenham Campus has 12 residential halls. A few of the halls are Beazley Hall, Hallstein Hall, Melcher Hall, Spencer Hall, Buchannan Hall, Memorial Hall, Solons Hall, and Lockett Hall. College Park Apartments are available for students who wish to live in two or four-bedroom units.
The more than 40 student organizations include honor societies, religious organizations, political organizations, professional organizations, student organizations, and social clubs. A few of the organizations include Sigma Kappa Delta Young Democrats, Future Teachers, Medical Education Developmental Society, Forensic Science Club, Lutheran Fellowship 101, Beta Tau (Drill Team), and Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness.
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The six competitive sports teams include football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball. The college also has a dance team and a cheerleading squad. The Buccaneers participate in Region XIV Athletic Conference and the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. The team is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The team’s colors are blue and white.
Notable athletes alumni include Chris Anderson of the Denver Nuggets; Tim Montgomery, an Olympic Gold medal winner; and Michael Bishop, former quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
For recreational athletes, the schools offers intramural sports including beach volleyball, softball, miniature golf, indoor volleyball, billiards, table tennis, horseshoes, and flag football.
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