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Barton Community College (formerly known as Barton County Community College) attracts many students to its programs because the school is made up of a community of faculty and staff who care – students are pushed to excel in life beyond college. Class sizes are small, allowing students to build close relationships with their instructors.

Students are presented with many options when it comes to taking classes. They offer traditional face-to-face classes as well as online courses for those with day jobs. There are even hybrid classes for students to choose from that cater to those with non-traditional schedules.


There are a multitude of academic programs to select from to suit student needs. Students of all ages, from all backgrounds and walks of life can find something at BCC to further their education. Currently the school awards associate degrees and certificates.

High School Programs

High school students wishing to get an early start to college may enroll. Aside from online courses, high school students can tap into the College Advantage Program or the Get Ahead Program. They are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The College Advantage Programs allow students to take college-level courses at their own high schools. The Get Ahead Program offers classes to high school students in the afternoons, usually twice a week.

Career Programs

In the workforce today, employers are looking for workers with certain skill-sets. Many industries don’t require four-year degrees, but rather, two-year certificates or degrees. With over 25 career training paths, Barton provides training and education to a number of professionals, specific to their jobs.

Transfer Programs

A successful transfer program preparing students to move ahead to a four-year college or university attracts many. The school prides itself in having many Transfer and Articulation Agreements with four-year institutions.

Outreach Programs

The Outreach Program allows community members to continue their education. Outreach classes take the form of general education courses, seminars and workshops, continuing education classes, customized training, and career programs. Classes are usually in the evenings and take place in local high schools.

Online Programs

Online learning is available for students so they can develop their own schedules and take classes from the comfort of their own homes. There is no commute involved, opening up the opportunities to those who lack a means of transportation.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The school has close partnerships with active duty military personnel, offering Associate Degrees and certificate programs to those enlisted, family members, and retirees. The courses offered to Army personnel and their families are scheduled flexibly, allowing students to attend classes during the daytime, over the lunch hour, in the evening, and over the course of the weekend. The partnership is established with nearby Fort Riley.


Students wishing to enroll need to make sure they abide by the March 15 academic scholarship deadline, especially if they want financial aid. After the college application is submitted, students may enroll for classes by contacting the admissions office and scheduling an advising appointment. A high school transcript and ACT or ASSET test scores also need to be submitted to gain admission.

Financial Aid

Students wishing to apply for financial aid need to fill out an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Prospective students are highly encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office for assistance.

A variety of aid is available to Barton students. Federal Aid, in the form of loans and grants, are available. Students may also apply for work study jobs where they can work for a small income to help offset room, board, or books. Most of the grants, loans, and scholarships are awarded based on student needs and/or academic ability.

Prospective students should also take the time to look into the scholarships that are offered by this school. They award academic awards automatically, but there are also many participation awards. Those need to be sought out, and students who are active in clubs, organizations, or other community events should take some time to contact the school and find out more about the scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5207th for the average student loan amount.
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This college provides something that other community colleges do not: student housing. All full time freshmen are required to live in Residence Halls, which come equipped with free cable in the rooms, laundromats, and meal plans are included.

Students have many options to get involved with clubs and organizations – there is something for everyone! Band, choir, theater, a Farm Bureau, Christian Fellowship, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Student Senate, Student Ambassadors, and even a newspaper are all part of the experience the school offers outside of class. Additionally, the school sponsors a lot of social parties to get the students together in a fun way, so look forward to dressing up at the annual Halloween party or relaxing at the Hawaiian Luau.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Cougars compete in the NJCAA and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in a variety of men’s and women’s sports, including:

Men’s Intercollegiate Sports

  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field
  • Baseball
  • Tennis

Women’s Intercollegiate Sports

  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

In addition, there are a variety of sports-related clubs and organizations for students to join throughout the year. These include informal, intramural sports, and physical activities for students.

Information Summary

Ranks 43rd in Kansas and 2805th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.04
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 55 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 13 0.08
Robbery 5 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 144 0.89
Larceny 576 3.58
Vehicle theft 32 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Great Bend, KS 67530
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population19,279 (15,772 urban / 3,507 rural)
Households7,780 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,422
Families5,080 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
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 District2001

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2548th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,888 $1,888 $2,880
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,024 $1,024 $1,024
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $91 $91 $122
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 $15,365 $15,365 $16,357
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,365 $15,365 $16,357
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,946 $7,946 $8,938

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,688(N/C) $2,784(N/C) $3,776(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,133 $1,182
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,259 $7,314
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,532 $3,733
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,259 $7,314
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,532 $3,733
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,532 $3,733

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 Capacity292
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3665th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,034 ($48,656 male / $42,475 female)
Number of FT Faculty 71 (40 male / 31 female)
Number of PT Faculty 233
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,533,657

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