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Snead Community College began as a small mission school in 1898 in the home of the original founders. The Elder family opened the Boaz Seminary with 70 students. The seminary grew rapidly, and in 1906 the name changed to John H. Snead Seminary in honor of the person who donated land and money to the seminary. The seminary graduated more than 1200 students in 1906, and the seminar remained one of Alabama’s strongest secondary schools.

In 1935, Snead State College began operating as a junior college after being chartered by the State of Alabama. The college was under the supervision of the North Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1967, after spending 32 years as a private junior college, the college became part of a two-year college system in Alabama under the guise of the Alabama State Board of Education. The college changed the name to Snead State Junior College that same year.

The State Board of Education authorized that Snead State Junior College become Snead State Community College in May 1992. The main campus in Boaz , Alabama consists of 20 building and sits of 45-acres of land.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Snead State Community College. Snead offers associate degrees. The college consists of 11 academic departments that include the Department of Business, Department of Computer Science Technology, Department of Cosmetology, Department of Electronic Engineering Technology, Department of Fine Arts, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Humanities, Department of Library, Department of Mathematics, Department of Science, and Department of Social Science.

A few of the degrees that students can earn include Accounting, Medical Transcription, Theatre, Humanities Leadership, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Child Development, Political Science, and Criminal Justice.

Snead State Community College plans to offer online courses for many courses. A few of the online courses include Human Pathophysiology, Principles of Accounting, Children’s Creative Experiences, Children’s Literature and Language Development, C++ Programming, Java Programming, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Principles of Microeconomics, Introductory Technical English I, and American Literature I.

The school’s online courses will soon be offered through the Blackboard Learning System. The system supports on campus and online classes at the college. There is currently a pilot group testing the system, but by the end of academic year, Snead plans to offer the full platform to all students. Hundreds of universities and colleges use this system.

The Workforce Development Division offers training opportunities so that each student has the necessary tools to succeed. The types of training consists of industry specific training, professional development options, various enrichment classes, and short-term skills training programs that fit the personal needs of each student.

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The admissions process is easy at Snead State Community College. Students must complete and submit an application to the Office of Student Services (located in McCain Center) and request that official transcripts (high school, college, GED) be mailed to the college. Applications must be mailed or submitted in person; faxed documentation or applications will not be accepted. Students can check with Student Services to check the status of applications. Out of state students applying for admission must submit a copy of the Social Security Card and driver’s license if submitting in person or a notarized copy of these documents if mailing. Students are encouraged to complete the application process as early as possible.

Applicants who wish to apply for scholarships may begin completing these applications along with the admissions application. The applications are available in early January. Students may complete as many scholarship applications as desired. In addition, a recent resume and a one-page essay must be included. Have official transcripts sent to the Student Services Office. Some scholarships require auditions and other s require additional documentation to for consideration. Students must submit all scholarship applications by early March for consideration.

Financial Aid

Students must complete the FAFSA application to determine eligibility for various forms of financial aid. Students may begin submitting applications in early January or once all related documentation becomes available. Snead State Community College encourages students to complete the financial aid files by early March for priority for the summer term and early May for priority in the fall term.

Financial aid comes in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, loans, and other forms of aid. Students must meet all admissions requirements before receiving any financial aid. Grants that students may qualify for include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and Federal Supplemental Educational Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG).

Snead State Community College offers a host of scholarships. Students may qualify for scholarships by department or subject, such a music scholarship, cosmetology scholarship, or computer science technology scholarship. Students may also qualify for athletic, service, leadership, honors, or academic achievement scholarships. There are even GED and endowment scholarships available for students who qualify. Outside scholarships include Healthy Lifestyles Scholarships ($5000), Dial My Dentist Scholarship Program ($1000), S.S. Scholarship Program ($1000), Big Dig Scholarship ($3000), and 2011 ICBC Scholarship ($1000). Deadline dates vary so student must check the Snead State Community College website for this information.

The Federal Work-Study program is for students who display a financial need. This program allows students to work 10 to 15 hours per week and earn wages comparable to those set by the minimum wage law. Students receive monthly checks for work performed. An application must be submitted to qualify.

The college also offers a payment plan for students to take care of financial obligations. Students should contact the Students Services office at Snead State Community College for more information on payment plans.

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Student should get involved in campus activities to enjoy the college experience. The college has many organizations and groups that may interest students. The Department of Service Learning and Community Engagement offers students a chance to combine classroom learning with community service. Students learn about civil responsibility, community strengthening techniques, and ways to enhance learning experiences. Interested students should be prepared for a life changing experience.

The Office of Campus Engagement manages all student organizations on campus. Student organizations play an important role in the total college experience. Students may be interested in becoming an ambassador. These individuals assist organizations with all projects that require off campus contact with visitors. These individuals assist with activities such as Homecoming, Commencement, and College Day.

College Bowl offers an opportunity to participate in academic tournaments and events against other universities and colleges. Students can try out for College Bowl or receive an invitation to join. Other organizations, clubs, and groups include Art Guild, Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, Digital Media Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Parson Athletic Student Support, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Skills USA, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Student Government Association, and Student Nurses Association.

Intramural sports offer a vast number of opportunities that foster educational, physical, and personal development in students. Students may participate in sports such as football, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and more.

Snead State Community College also offers academic advising to students. Academic advising is available to promote student success and to help enhance the college experience. An advisor is available to help students plan present and future academic goals, selecting courses, registration, answering questions about policies, assist with needs and concerns, and assisting with any other academic related needs.

The college also offers services for disabled students. Snead State Community College Disability Support Service (DSS) offers a broad range of technologies and services to make the education and campus assessable to all students. A few of the common services include priority registration, note-taking assistance, sign language interpreters, extended time on exams, disabled-accessible workstations, closed-captioning, ergonomic keyboards, and books in alternative formats (books on tape, Braille, and large print). This is by no means an exhaustive list. Students with specific needs must contact the Disability Support Services of Snead State Community College for assistance. Additionally, students must produce documentation of the disability to receive services.

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The Snead athletic teams include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, and dance team. The athletic teams participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association and compete in the National Junior College Athletic Conference. The college is in the process of completing a new softball field. The Emmett Plunkett-Lurleen B. Wallace Gymnasium is used for the majority of the sporting events at Snead State Community college.

Notable accomplishments for the Snead State Community College teams include men’s and women’s State Championships (1989-1990); National Tournament qualifying, tennis, softball, and women’s basketball (1992); State Championship, softball (1997); State Championship and National Tournament appearance, women’s tennis (2000); Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Region 22 Tournament Champions, tennis (2008, 2009, and 2010); and Junior College Division National Championship, cheerleading, (1995 and 2001).


The Snead State Parsons were well respected in intercollegiate athletics due to the teams’ history or athletic competition. The Parsons won the High School State Basketball Tournament, while still a seminary, in 1926 and 1929. Since this time, the teams have taken five national championships and won many regional and state championships.


  • Rogers Sr., William Warren, Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins Ph.D., Robert D. Ward, and Professor Wayne Flynt.The History of a Deep South State. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010. Print.
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Information Summary

Ranks 60th in Alabama and 3390th 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 N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 10 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 92 0.96
Larceny 345 3.59
Vehicle theft 16 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boaz, AL 35957-0734
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population14,567 (7,041 urban / 7,526 rural)
Households5,838 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,115
Families4,181 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 District104

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3037th 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 $930 $930 $930
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 $10,771 $10,771 $14,101
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,677 $12,677 $16,007
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,177 $8,177 $11,507

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,140 $4,104 $4,140 $4,104 $7,350 $6,720
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,650 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $2,987 $3,200
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,050 $2,324
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,900 $2,917
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,900 $2,917

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 Capacity88
Meals per Week10
Room Fee$2,150
Board Fee$1,037

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2748th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,319 ($59,212 male / $56,578 female)
Number of FT Faculty 43 (19 male / 24 female)
Number of PT Faculty 144
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $945,494

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