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808 Monticello Street
Somerset, KY 42501-2973
p. 877-629-9722
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Somerset Community College

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Located in Somerset, Kentucky, Somerset Community College is part of the Kentucky Community and Technological College System. Somerset Community College is a public, two-year college that maintains an open-admissions policy. Matriculates at the college may choose from among numerous courses and may pursue a diploma, an Associate’s degree, or one of various certificates. Somerset Community College offers academic, technical, and general education curricula.

The college’s history dates back to 1965, when it was opened as part of the University of Kentucky’s Community College System. Although it was originally established on one campus, today Somerset Community College has two campuses and four centers in south-central Kentucky. Somerset Community College services numerous counties in the regional Kentucky area, including Casey County, Clay County, Russell County, Wayne County, and Whitley County.


Somerset Community College offers numerous Associate degree programs: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science. Beyond these degrees, it also offers diplomas and certificates in various disciplines. Diplomas require 36-68 credit hours, while certificates generally require 12-36 credit hours. For those pursuing an Associate degree, there are 60 to 70 credit hours required at a minimum. The school has program agreements with most of Kentucky’s major colleges and universities, so that those who receive an Associate degree are able to transfer credit towards a four-year Bachelor’s degree. Matriculates may choose from courses available in numerous fields of study, including Business administration, information technology, and health fields such as practical nursing. Somerset Community College seeks to ensure that its students learn both through comprehensive classroom instruction, as well as through hands-on practical experience. Associate degrees will prepare students for work in their desired field or for continuing their education at a four-year institution.

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Unique Programs

Among the unique curricula and programs offered at Somerset Community College, is the SCC Theatre Program. For those seeking an Associate of Arts degree, this program allows for furthering stage and live theatre experience. The Somerset Community College theatre puts on numerous live productions annually, many of which involve both students and members of the community from outside the college as well.

Other examples of unique SCC programs, are those provided by The Office of Community, Workforce & Economic Development of Somerset Community College. This office maintains a vast array of training programs for those involved in local business and industry. Continuing education and lifelong learning courses are among those provided for the community by The Office of Community, Workforce & Economic Development of Somerset Community College. Somerset Community College also participates in the Ready to Work Program, which is a partnership between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Cabinet for Health and Family services. Through this program, Somerset Community College endeavors to aid those matriculates who are enrolled in the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program. Through the Ready to Work Program, SCC helps students seeking short-term training opportunities.


Somerset Community College maintains a unique admissions policy. Potential matriculates may fill out an application for admission through one of three avenues: accessing a PDF application online, picking up an application at the Admissions Office, or filling out a KCTCS online application. Regardless of which type of application potential students choose to submit, the college also requires an official high school transcript or GED scores. Additionally applicants must also submit either their ACT scores or COMPASS test results. After submitting one’s application and supplemental materials, it is time to determine your desired program of study as well as the date at which you plan to begin your courses. Students will then be given a personal advisor or counselor to guide them through the enrollment process.

Financial Aid

Somerset Community College seeks to ensure that as many local students as possible have access to a higher education, regardless of their personal financial situation or history. All financial aid forms are accessible via the school’s official website. The college also maintains numerous resources to help simplify the sometimes complicated process of applying for government aid. On the website students will find a helpful financial aid calculator, which aids in giving estimates of loans to be expected. Somerset Community College also has friendly, knowledgeable staff to help both students and potential students to determine the best avenues through which they may seek the financial means necessary to pursue their education. Financial Aid Coordinators and Assistants are available at both the Somerset and London Campuses; their email addresses can also be found on the school’s web page. Also located on the school’s website is the Financial Aid Recipient Code of Conduct.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4847th for the average student loan amount.
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The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Racquetball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Information Summary

Ranks 34th in Kentucky and 2108th 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 5 0.05
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 7 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.05
Robbery 12 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 114 1.01
Larceny 572 5.07
Vehicle theft 12 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Somerset, KY 42501-2973
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,916 (10,876 urban / 6,040 rural)
Households7,087 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,616
Families4,766 (2.86 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 3233rd 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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 2 15 42 22 11 2,658 29 2,795
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 12 12
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 35 1 37
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 8 8
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 15 15
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 7 121 128
Business Administration and Management, General 5 132 3 140
Carpentry/Carpenter 8 39 47
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 146 1 149
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 43 47
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 5 102 8 120
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 2 40 43
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 72 74
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 5 5
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 114 114
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 8 8
Electrician 75 75
Elementary Education and Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1
Engineering Technology, General 55 2 57
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1 32 33
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 4 4
Graphic Communications, General 1 24 27
Graphic Design
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 39 39
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 69 69
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 10 3 2 295 1 316
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 5 2 262 1 278
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 15 15
Mason/Masonry 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 8 416 425
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 12 13
Medical/Clinical Assistant 63 63
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2 114 1 119
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 39 39
Physical Sciences
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 17 18
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 43 1 46
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 19 19
Social Sciences, General
Social Work
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7 7
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 12 13
Welding Technology/Welder 9 151 10 170

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3367th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,910 ($50,670 male / $45,843 female)
Number of FT Faculty 169 (78 male / 91 female)
Number of PT Faculty 340
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,814,064

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