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One of the largest community colleges in the state of Alabama, Shelton State Community College is located in Tuscaloosa and offers a comprehensive two-year education for college students from all over the world.

Shelton State Community College is recognized as the Alabama Junior College of Fine Arts by the state legislature and features the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame on its campus. Shelton State Community College is also responsible for training fire fighters and the EMT body all over Alabama. On average 7,000 students enroll at Shelton State Community College each year, of which half of are full-time students.


Shelton State Community College offers many disciplines for students to further their education. One of the most popular study programs offered at Shelton State certainly is the associate degree. Shelton State offers both the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, both of which include all the requirements for general education and transfer purposes. Shelton State Community College also offers a “technical division” which features a great number of certificates and professional study programs leading to a certification in a wide variety of fields. These particular certificates are designed for students who wish to enter into the workforce without receiving education at a four-year university.

As mentioned, Shelton State Community College offers the possibility for students to obtain their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees. Both of these degrees are typically obtained within two years of full-time study at the college, during which time students will be expected to complete the General Education Requirements as well as chose a major or specialization. Some of the majors available at Shelton State Community College include allied health, behavioral sciences, fine arts, language, humanities, business, health, wellness, computer science and more. These associate degrees are typically transferable to degree-granting institutions in the state of Alabama as well as other states.

The technical division, on the other hand, offers students the ability to obtain a certification that does not lead to transfer opportunities at a four-year university. These certificates include courses designed to help students start working right away. Students at Shelton State Community College can obtain certification in cosmetology, office administration, health and wellness, food and nutrition, construction, transportation, and more. Students who decide to work towards a particular certification have access to the same services and obtain the same benefits as students working towards their associate degrees.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admission to Shelton State Community College is open to a wide variety of students. The college welcomes first-time freshmen, transfer students, transient students, and international students. All students wishing to apply to study at Shelton State Community College will be required to submit themselves to academic counseling and placement evaluations in order to ensure that the classes registered for are the best classes suited to the student’s capabilities.

Most students are required to present an official high school transcript or official GED results in order to gain acceptance at Shelton State Community College. However, for certain certification programs, a high school diploma or GED may not be required, depending on the student’s abilities. The school year at Shelton State Community College is divided into three semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer. It is recommended that all students wishing to apply for admission to any of these semesters do so well in advance in order to take care of all additional paperwork before the registration period.

Financial Aid

Shelton State Community College prides itself on offering all the best possible chances for all students to attend their establishment. Financial aid is available from Shelton State Community College, and every student is encouraged to apply for financial aid prior to registration.

Although Shelton State does not participate in any student loan programs, the college does participate in federal grant programs. Shelton State Community College also participates in the Federal Work Study program, allowing students to earn money for their tuition while working various part-time jobs on campus. On top of offering federal financial aid opportunities, Shelton State Community College also awards scholarships to students who qualify. Scholarships are available in a variety of areas, including academics, ambassadors, athletics, cheerleading, fine arts, summer studies, and technical programs. Scholarships are available to US citizens and non-residents who meet the state requirements to receive scholarships from Shelton State Community College.

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Students at Shelton State Community College come from various backgrounds and cultures. This creates a very unique community of students on campus and promotes acceptance of all individuals. The varied student body from Shelton State Community College participates in many different activities and clubs on campus, such as the Alumni Association, the American Red Cross Club, Phi Theta Kappa, the athletics department, and many more. Student life at Shelton State Community College is very vibrant and offers diverse opportunities for everyone to get involved and benefit from the community of peers who attend the school.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

In addition to being one of the largest community colleges in the state of Alabama, Shelton State Community College is proud to be known as the Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts. This title was awarded by the Alabama Legislature in 1997, upon recognition of its unique contributions to music, dance and theater in Alabama. Shelton State Community College is also co-founder of the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame, an organization wishing to honor Alabamians who have offered a considerable contribution to the world of film, television and theater. The annual gala of the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame is held on Shelton State’s campus year after year and is now recognized to be one of the most important cultural events in the entire state. Not only do students enjoy the performing arts events, many from the community at large actively support the Colleges’ fine arts endeavors.


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Information Summary

Ranks 45th in Alabama and 2914th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 196 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 39 0.04
Robbery 194 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,249 1.37
Larceny 2,963 3.26
Vehicle theft 190 0.21

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-8522
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population31,199 (28,689 urban / 2,510 rural)
Households12,627 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,244
Families8,695 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District107

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3985th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,330 $3,330 $6,660
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $570 $570 $570
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $111 $111 $222
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,750 $5,750 $9,080
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,750 $15,750 $19,080
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,250 $10,250 $13,580

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,080 $3,840 $4,080 $3,840 $7,290 $7,110
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,750 $5,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000 $4,500

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2912th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,007 ($54,957 male / $53,330 female)
Number of FT Faculty 92 (42 male / 50 female)
Number of PT Faculty 222
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,862,420
9500 Old Greensboro Rd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-8522
p. 205-391-2211
w. www.sheltonstate.edu

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