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Tunxis Community College

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Tunxis Community College is a two-year school in Farmington, Connecticut offering associate degrees in a number of programs. More than 7,000 students are enrolled at the school, which is named after the Tunxis Indian Tribe. It is one of 12 community colleges that compose the Connecticut College System.

The college is accredited by the Connectiuct Board of Governors for Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. It was founded in 1969, and has grown tremendously since it first opened in 1970 with more than 400 students in its first class. It primarily serves the Bristol-New Britain and Farmington Valley Areas.

Tunxis offers students a number of different educational options, including pursing degrees or certificates in dental hygiene, physical therapy assistant, graphic design, visual fine arts, business administration (with concentrations in accounting, finance, among others), business technology, criminal justice, computer information systems, drug and alcohol recovery, early childhood education, engineering, math, human services, liberal arts, new media communication, among others. The college also offers a certificate program in English as Second Language.

There are also programs for continuing education, workforce training and high school students. The college participates in the College Careers Pathway Progam, which allows juniors and seniors in high school to take college-level courses if they live in the Tunxis service area.

Tunxis Community College also offers students a number of transfer options to four-year schools. For students hoping to transfer to the University of Connecticut, the school offers a guaranteed admission program if certain criteria are met. Tunxis also has an agreement with Connecticut State Universities that allow dual admission at the Tunxis and the school of the student’s choice, assuming all regulations are followed. There are also agreements available with a number of other colleges and universities, and Tunxis recommends students meet with an academic advisor once they are enrolled to figure out what requirements must be fulfilled to participate in the transfer program.

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Unique Programs

One unique program at Tunxis Community College is the Fresh Start Option. It allows any student whom had a poor academic performance during a prior tenure at the school a second change to get their grades up. Students must not have taken classes at Tunix for two years, must be on probation or academic suspension, and have a GPA that falls below 2.0. Students receive credit for courses they previously taken, but the program will not change any grades.


To apply for admission at Tunxis Community College, students must submit an application and have graduated from high school or received their GED, along with an application fee. Following admission, all new students must take the Accu-placer assessment test to determine whether the student is ready for college-level coursework in English and math.

Financial Aid

Along with the typical college financial aid options like grants and student loans, Tunxis Community College offers students a number of local scholarships. Those scholarships include The President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Miranda Early Childhood Education Scholarship, Faculty Scholarships, the Hartford Foundation Scholarship, the Tunxis Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship, the AT&T Scholarship, the Whitney Scholarship, the Wal-Mart Scholarship, the David W. Partain Scholarship, the Tunxis Retirees Scholarship, the Clinton Roberts Foundation Scholarship, the Colleen Keyes Scholarship, the D. Jean Lewis Memorial Award, Sydelle B. Seltzer Dental Hygiene Scholarship, and the college’s alumni scholarship, among others.

More than 50 percent of all students at Tunxis Community College receive some sort of financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5919th for the average student loan amount.
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There are more than 20 clubs available for students on the Tunxis Community College campus. The Student Government Association is considered the lead organization for the student body. Other clubs on campus include the African Students Union, the Dental Assisting Club, the Celebration of Womanhood Club, the Human Services Club, the Muslim Student Association, the Tunxis Finance and Accounting Club, the Tunxis Community College Outdoor Club, the Tried ‘N’ True Bible Ministries Club, the Tunxis Student Newspaper, among others.

Tunxis Community College offers students a career counseling office on campus to help them explore job possibilities. Students receive an assessment of their skills, and have access to various tools to aid in the job search, including employment databases, resume help, tutorials on how to conduct a job search and strategies to use in an interview.

For students needing academic help, Tunxis offers an Academic Support Center. At the center, students are given a basic skills test that asses math, English, reading and writing levels, free tutoring in reading, writing math and English as a Second Language, help for special needs students and a number of workshops to help students keep up with the rigors of a college-level course load. The workshops focus on notetaking, time management, college-level writing, ESL and alleviating anxiety for students whom stress out over tests.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Tunxis Community College is located in Farmington, Connecticut. There were 25,000 residents counted during the last Census. Major employers include the Carrier Corporation, Otis Elevator and Carvel. The town’s residents are generally high-income earners, and it is one of the most affluent suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut. The median income for a family in Farmington tops more than $100,000 per year.

Additional School Information

Tunxis Community College offers students a number of personal enrichment programs. The college’s Combined Basic Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft program is a 10-hour course. The program’s instructors are state Department of Environment Protection Boating Division employees. Once a student passes the course, they receive a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. There is also a certificate for Personal Watercraft Operators. The program is also offered to non-students.

A second course on the water is the Tunxis Community College course in Coastal Navigation. Students learn boating skills, including hands-on charting, plotting, using nautical charts and tools, how to read longitude and latitude, reading a compass, etc. Once the course is completed, students receive a state Coastal Boaters Endorsement. The program is also offered to non-students.

A Connecticut state law requires all motorcycle riders must complete a rider education program. To that end, Tunxis Community College offers one for students and non-students. The program has won the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Outstanding Community Training Sponsor Award. There are two options for people wishing to take the course. The basic motorcycle course is for people with little or no riding experience. The experienced rider course is for people that have a wealth of experience. It focuses on advanced motorcycle techniques, including braking, evasive maneuvers and turning.


  • Tunxis Community College. Web. 1 September 2011
  • City of Farmington. Web. 1 September 2011
  • United States Census. Web. 1 September 2011

Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Connecticut and 3198th 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 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 12 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 54 0.21
Larceny 562 2.21
Vehicle theft 7 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Farmington, CT 06032-3187
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population16,283 (15,824 urban / 459 rural)
Households6,694 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$69,637
Families4,351 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/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 District905

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3301st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,360 $3,360 $10,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $426 $426 $1,238
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $140 $140 $420
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 $5,286 $5,286 $12,818
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,389 $17,389 $24,921
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,886 $9,886 $17,418

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,490 $3,598 $3,490 $3,598 $10,430 $10,754
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(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 $6,851 $6,954
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,875 $4,947
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,457 $4,623

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)

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 20 50 23 450 39 590
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2 3 1 8
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 22 2 24
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 1 1 2
Business/Commerce, General 2 5 15 14 102 12 150
Child Care and Support Services Management 4 29 3 36
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 16 1 19
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 2 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 2
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 3 19 2 25
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 1 15 2 20
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 2 2 1 19 1 25
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Education, General 1 4 5
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Science 1 1 2
Engineering Technology, General 5 1 6
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Family and Community Services 1 1
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 15 16
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 1 1
General Studies 1 9 9 3 103 9 135
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 4 1 5
Homeland Security 1 1 17 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 2 22 2 29
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 14 1 18
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 5 6
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Photography 5 1 6
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7 7
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2 15 17
Quality Control Technology/Technician 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1010th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,788 ($74,134 male / $68,748 female)
Number of FT Faculty 60 (28 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 354
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,175,675

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