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Located in the heart of Avondale, Arizona, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) maintains a commitment to providing postsecondary education and technical workforce training to local residents. Each year the college has approximately 13,000 enrolled students. Students can pursue both associate’s degrees and specialized certificate programs. It also is involved in a number of university transfer partnerships within the state of Arizona.

Students at EMCC enjoy small classes of approximately twenty students per instructor. Individualized attention is a major focus of the college, and in conjunction with this commitment, this college maintains a dedicated staff at the Southwest Skill Center.


EMCC offers associate’s degrees and career certificate programs in a variety of field areas and disciplines. Students can choose from a variety of majors, specializing in an area of science, business, or art. The school also offers various career certificate programs in numerous fields. The school maintains an Honors Program, which seeks to provide outstanding students with a uniquely stimulating learning environment. Students in the program are given the choice of enrolling in specifically tailored honors courses as well as numerous programs. Students who participate in the Honors Program are also eligible for a vast array of merit-based scholarships.

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Unique Programs

Among the vast array of unique programs offered at Estrella Mountain, perhaps one of the most widely utilized, is the Dual Enrollment Program. Through this program high school students can earn college credits while still attending high school. Students are given the opportunity to earn credits that can be transferred to a university or community college. Another benefit of the Program is that participating high school students can establish a college transcript while still finishing high school and earning high school credit simultaneously. Another unique program offered is that of the Red Hat Academy, which strives to provide curriculum and materials at a minimum cost and Red Hat certification testing at a reduced price. The program also gives students the opportunity to develop their skills through real-world hands on learning.

Another unique feature of EMCC is the Southwest Skill Center, which offers local community members hands-on training preparation. The Southwest Skill Center offers courses taught by industry professionals and it uses the latest technology to help students prepare for work in a variety of industries. Yet among the various unique programs offered, perhaps one of the most popular in the community is that of Learning for Life. This program is designed to help ensure the perpetuation of community education through convenient and flexible non-credit courses offering educational development in various personal and professional areas. Some of the main areas worked on in these courses are business, health, arts and crafts, and personal enrichment. This school also offers LEED Green Associate and Energy Audit Training for individuals in the community who work with environmental issues.


Potential students must submit an official application, after determining which admissions process applies to them. General admissions are for people who are 18 years of age and older and who have a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency. The special admissions process is for students who are under the age of 18. The international admissions process is for students from another country and the dual admissions process is designed for high school juniors and seniors seeking college credit. After students determine which process applies to them, they must then complete an official application. The application for admission can be downloaded at the school’s official website as a PDF and then sent to the school through the mail or by fax. After completing the application, all potential students must also then complete placement tests in the areas of English and math. Estrella Mountain Community College maintains a friendly staff to help answer the questions of perspective students. The “One-Stop” staff also helps students by providing unofficial transcript evaluations, and by interpreting ASSET and COMPASS test scores to ensure accurate class selection.


Perhaps one of the most important student organizations is the school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Society of the Two-Year College. The program both recognizes and encourages scholarship among students through the Chapter, which has achieved an outstanding Five Star Ranking and has achieved ranking as one of the top 100 chapters in the entire organization. A new member orientation schedule can be found on the school’s official website.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Information Summary

Ranks 50th in Arizona and 3350th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
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 131 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.01
Robbery 103 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 712 0.92
Larceny 2,975 3.85
Vehicle theft 232 0.30

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5454th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Avondale, AZ 85323-1000
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population32,769 (32,493 urban / 276 rural)
Households9,905 (3.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,547
Families8,106 (3.59 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District403

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4003rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,944 $1,944 $7,728
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $30 $30 $30
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $81 $81 $322
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 $3,238 $3,238 $9,022
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,504 $15,504 $21,288
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,780 $9,780 $15,564

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,854(N/C) $1,854(N/C) $7,638(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,240
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,272 $5,832
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,148 $6,588
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,148 $6,588

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 928th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,109 ($77,992 male / $73,192 female)
Number of FT Faculty 86 (33 male / 53 female)
Number of PT Faculty 460
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,809,652

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3000 N Dysart Rd
Avondale, AZ 85323-1000
p. 623-935-8000
w. www.emc.maricopa.edu

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