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One of the most popular two-year colleges in Kentucky, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) serves an important need by offering open admissions, allowing nearly anyone to begin the path to an academic career or pertinent job training. As one of 16 two-year colleges that make up Kentucky’s Community and Technical College System, BSCTC sees students from all over the state on its four different campuses, which range from buildings located in Prestonburg to the Hager Hill Campus. The Mayo Campus in Paintsville is also now home to the Midway College School of Pharmacy, with all of the pertinent facilities needed to get students properly acclimated for the same sort of equipment and systems they will be seeing upon graduation when they enter the workforce. The school’s main campus in Prestonburg is where a majority of students attend classes.


There are a number of different programs spread out over the different campuses that make up college. Particular campuses can allow students the chance to specialize in their area of study and to actually focus on learning more about that subject because everyone else on-campus is in the same boat. For those who are interested in earning their AA or AS degrees, there are a few different choices. One can choose to work towards an AA/AS in General Education, an AAS in Human Services, or an AAS in Information Technology. For Students who are more interested in hands-on learning that involves a particular focus area, there are courses of study in a number of different occupations, including masonry, diesel technology, automotive technology, autobody repair, and even the new robotics and automation department.

Concentrations in the health department include a focus on Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Respiratory Care, and Dental Hygiene.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are non-competitive. For those first-time college students who are applying, it is important to submit a completed application form for admission and to include one’s GED or high school diploma, along with one’s official high school transcript. While certain programs might require a few different things, such as ACT or SAT scores or some sort of placement testing, many are rather open-ended. Students interested in attending should also be sure to have their materials in well before the semester they intend on beginning classes, and should indicate whether or not they plan on attending school full-time or part-time.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is provided for students in the form of both national and state grants and loans. There are also a number of different community scholarships which students are encouraged to apply for. For any assistance in completing important forms for grants or loans, as well as for the most important piece of paperwork of all, the FAFSA, it is best to make an appointment at the on-campus office of financial aid. This way, students can rest assured that they are doing things right the first time, rather than needing to worry about their financial aid requiring some sort of correction right before the semester is going to start, when it is the most important to have one’s money situation squared away.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4984th for the average student loan amount.
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With the focus on out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities as well as various different networks formed through extracurricular activities such as various clubs and organizations ranging from particular interests to the Student Government Association, life on-campus can feel a whole lot like life on campus at a more traditional type of university. Students can also take advantage of a well-equipped library for study and research opportunities, can petition to start their own club or organization if they have a particular idea for something, and can take advantage of the extensive student services opportunities available, where counselors assist in adjusting to college life while also providing helpful hints for ideal job hunting.

Student Enrollment Demographics


There is no official athletics program at the college at this time. However, the school colors are navy and gold, and there are often club sports opportunities.

Information Summary

Ranks 40th in Kentucky and 2524th 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 3 0.06
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 6 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.03
Forcible Rape 2 0.06
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.46
Larceny 62 1.89
Vehicle theft 7 0.21

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population12,343 (4,268 urban / 8,075 rural)
Households5,059 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,462
Families3,573 (2.83 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District2105

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3235th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,456 $3,456 $12,096
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $144 $144 $504
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 $4,456 $4,456 $13,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,281 $14,281 $22,921
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,306 $7,306 $15,946

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,240 $3,360 $3,240 $3,360 $11,160 $11,760
  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 $6,975(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,850(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,850(N/C)

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3281st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,713 ($51,442 male / $47,300 female)
Number of FT Faculty 112 (52 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty 210
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,585,508

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