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Located in the Ohio community of Hillsboro, towards the southern border of the state in Highland County, Southern State Community College is a two-year college which was originally founded in 1975 under the name of Southern State General and Technical College, changing its name to the present form by 1977. The school offers its students the opportunity to receive certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees either on its main campus in Hillsboro or else on one of its four outreach campuses, located in the neighboring Adams, Fayette, Clinton and Brown counties (which make up the community college district).


Southern State Community College’s academic accreditation is granted by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As of 2006, the school received the maximum timeframe (10 years) for the extension of its accreditation, a significant and telling sign of the school’s solid level.

Individual programs of study at Southern State Community College may also receive accreditation from competent bodies: for example, the school’s Medical Assisting Technology Program is formally recognized by the Allied Health Education Program; the Emergency Medical Services Program enjoys formal accreditation from the Division of Medical Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety; and the school’s Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing as well as the Ohio Board of Nursing.

As evidenced by the examples given above, the school has a particularly solid reputation in the area of nursing and emergency medicine, as well as medical administration. The Registered Nursing Program mentioned above is constantly the most in-demand program among the student body.

Broadly speaking, the school confers the following academic degrees: Associate of Applied Business, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Studies, Associate of Science (available in transfer module), and Associate of Arts (also available in transfer module). The certificate programs available at the school cover seven different areas of study: Pharmacy Technician, Office Services, Data-Information Processing, Medical Transcription, Horticulture, Practical Nursing, and Phlebotomy. A limited number of distance learning opportunities are available at Southern State Community College.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The admissions process at Southern State Community College is significantly simpler than that of even many other community colleges, and students don’t need to worry about meeting any minimal GPA or testing requirements. The process simply entails filling out and submitting the application form and taking the college placement test to help determine the student’s level of academic skills in critical areas such as math, reading and writing. Pursuant to the school’s open admissions policy, all qualified students are accepted at Southern State Community College; however, due to space limitations or the particular nature of individual study programs, acceptance to the school does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into a given program, as this is determined by the pertinent academic department.

Financial Aid

Financial aid distribution is at fifty-nine percent scholarships per grants and forty-one percent loans per jobs. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics, Art, Music/Drama and Athletics. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form. Likewise, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Art, Music/Drama and Athletics. Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5747th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Southern State Community College will find that there are numerous different clubs and organizations operating on-campus which they will have the opportunity of participating in to make their college experience more fulfilling. A token sampling of such groups at the school would include the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Students in Action, and the Student Government body.

Southern State Community College does not have any student housing facilities at any of its campuses, meaning that they are all commuter campuses. The student body in a typical academic semester reaches approximately 2,500 students, of whom approximately 35% are enrolled on a part-time basis; the male to female ratio if approximately 1 to 2.

The school has high numbers of students receiving financial aid of one sort or another, with nearly 80% receiving federal grants and over 50% receiving institutional grants.

Student Enrollment Demographics


All of Southern State Community College’s athletics teams, collectively known as the Patriots, compete in the state’s Community College Athletic Conference that includes nine other two-year colleges; the school also competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II, and athletic scholarships are available for students competing at this level.

The school’s teams include men’s soccer and basketball as well as women’s softball, basketball and volleyball. Separately, Southern State Community College has a men’s baseball team which competes at the club level.

Information Summary

Ranks 126th in Ohio and 3215th 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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hillsboro, OH 45133
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population23,117 (6,253 urban / 16,864 rural)
Households8,928 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,590
Families6,513 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium 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 District3902

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3879th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,132 $4,132 $7,752
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $158 $158 $299
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 $6,182 $6,182 $9,802
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,092 $12,092 $15,712
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,892 $8,892 $12,512

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,633 $4,032 $3,633 $4,032 $6,993 $7,562
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,067 $2,050
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $2,700 $3,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,360 $2,810
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,060 $4,410

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 NSCAA

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 2519th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,871 ($57,786 male / $54,936 female)
Number of FT Faculty 58 (32 male / 26 female)
Number of PT Faculty 161
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,792,160

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