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Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College Rating: 1.0/5 (2 votes)

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Des Moines Area Community College has six campuses, one each in Ankeney, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban Des Moines and West Des Moines. There are also several satellite and partner locations where students can take select courses. There are many different educational opportunities to students from all walks of life. There are transfer programs for students wishing to complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree. There are also programs for professionals, people seeking new careers, high school students wishing to get a head start on a college education and adults wishing to brush up on professional skills or personal areas of interest.

Student life on campus is active and varied. The Bears participate in intercollegiate sports and the college also offers intramural sports. There are also several pre-professional, departmental and social clubs including Artery, DECA, hospitality, dentistry and photography. There’s also a fitness center that offers individual training, group classes and a place for students to exercise and stay in shape.


DMACC offers over 130 degrees, certificates and training programs to students from all walks of life. Students wishing to complete the first two years of an undergraduate degree in order to save money and stay close to home may participate in the transfer program and take advantage of the liberal arts core curriculum that provides all of the classes that a student would traditionally take during the first two years at a university. For those who wish to obtain a high school equivalency degree, there is a program tailored to help the student succeed in this area.

There are also professional degrees and certificates for people who would like to begin a new career. In addition to entire programs, there are also continuing education courses for professionals who need to stay current in their careers. High school students may dual enroll in order to get a jump start on a college career and adults who wish to simply take a class or two for professional or personal development may do so.

Some of the more unique programs include the Iowa Culinary Institute that produces world-class chefs and the Electronic Crime Institute that gives students the opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced criminal investigators. The Health Sciences programs is based in a modern teaching center and taught by respected professionals from various health fields.

For students interested in pursuing an education in foreign locations, the study abroad program offers the opportunity to study in London with an instructor. Courses are chosen according to which professor is chosen to participate in the program but are varied and a true enhancement to any educational experience.

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The admission process for new students seeking to enroll in credit courses is a fairly simple process. The college has an open enrollment policy so any student with a high school diploma or the equivalent. There are, however, several programs that require specific skill levels and the programs are available on a limited-seating basis. Since the school has a rolling admissions process, applicants are admitted as soon as all application forms and requirements are met.

Students need to complete the application either online or via the paper form, submit high school transcripts, take the placement tests and complete any prerequisites required by the program of choice. When the application is received, Des Moines Area Community College will send the student a notification. It should be noted that admission the the college is on a first-come, first-served basis and if the program of choice is already full, the student will be notified that they are on standby status. After being accepted and prior to registering for classes, students have to complete new student orientation.

High school students may also choose to dual-enroll as early as the junior year as long as the proper forms are completed by a principal or guidance counselor.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students in the form of scholarships, grants and federally-subsidized loans. Students interested in obtaining aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting every January. Financial aid for both the student and the student’s family is required so applicants should have this information available prior to starting the process. Because of the variety of aid available, many people are eligible even when they think that they aren’t, so it’s beneficial to complete the FAFSA if you need assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5597th for the average student loan amount.
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The Bears are an athletics organization that compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Bears offer several intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball and golf. Men also have the additional option of baseball while women may also choose volleyball, cross country, softball or dance.

The Bears’ facility is located on the Boone Campus which is just a few minutes from Iowa State University and downtown Des Moines. In addition to intercollegiate sports, the college also participates in several intramural sports via IM Leagues.

Local Community

Because Des Moines is an urban city, there are innumerable activities for everybody. There are nighclubs and comedy clubs that feature live entertainment, open mics and karaoke. There are sports bars and pubs as well as wonderful restaurants that represent many different cultures.

The Botanical Center is home to many different tropical plants, butterflies and herbs. There is a domed conservatory, garden courtyard and gazebo and the Center regularly hosts community events.

The Wells Fargo Arena seats 17,000 and is home to many different indoor events such as basketball games, arena football, sports tournaments, major concerts and just about anything else that requires a large amount of floor space and seating.

For students interested in art and history, the city offers several different museums and art centers including the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center and the Des Moines Art Center.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Iowa and 3059th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
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 0.00

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 37 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.02
Robbery 2 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 108 0.24
Larceny 550 1.20
Vehicle theft 19 0.04

Student Enrollment Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large 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 District1903

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1796th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,080 $4,080 $8,160
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $136 $136 $272
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 $17,472 $17,472 $21,552
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,202 $16,202 $20,282
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,118 $10,118 $14,198

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,930 $3,990 $3,930 $3,990 $7,860 $7,980
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,254 $1,316
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,908 $7,354
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,528 $4,638
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,908(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,528 $4,638
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,528 $4,638

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 Capacity202
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,400
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 94 134 84 51 34 2,572 147 3,150
Accounting 8 1 3 1 2 35 3 53
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 2 1 1 3 22 1 33
Agricultural and Food Products Processing
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 1 2 64 6 73
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 3 1 1 17 23
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other 17 17
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 5 5
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 17 19
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1 37 2 41
Biotechnology 1 8 1 10
Business Administration and Management, General 4 2 3 1 24 2 36
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 5 1 6
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 8 9
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 2 2 49 2 56
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 1 10 12
Commercial Photography 1 1 1 28 3 35
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 2 1 19 1 25
Community Organization and Advocacy 2 8 3 2 36 52
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 1 7 1 10
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 2 1 16 2 22
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 19 2 21
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 6 3 2 38 2 52
Crop Production 1 1
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 3 1 39 46
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 1 1 1 31 5 40
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 17 1 21
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 21 1 23
Dietitian Assistant 1 5 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 1 4
Electrician 1 8 9
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 9 3 12
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 6 6
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 21 10 31
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 4 2 40 1 48
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 4 1 1 20 2 28
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 3 1 1 2 8 2 17
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 17 19
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 5 5
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 23 1 24
Information Technology 1 11 12
Language Interpretation and Translation 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 1 1 2 29 3 38
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 43 72 39 27 9 1,059 50 1,315
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 4 3 1 118 10 136
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 36 1 40
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 11 11
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 1 51 6 59
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 10 12
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Office Management and Supervision 1 1 45 4 51
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist 1 6 1 8
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 11 13
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 2 30 1 37
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1 18 2 22
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 2 1 82 9 96
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 12 1 15
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 4 5
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 8 9
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 8 9
Small Business Administration/Management 2 16 20
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 4 5
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 2 4 7
Surveying Engineering
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 2 1 5 8
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 1 49 50
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 1 19 2 23
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 5 6
Welding Technology/Welder 4 4 13 160 184

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1540th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,535 ($69,866 male / $63,669 female)
Number of FT Faculty 342 (183 male / 159 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,197
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $14,281,918

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