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Chemekata Community College is a large (over 30,000 students) community college in Salem, Oregon. In addition to the main campus in Salem there is a branch campus in McMinnville; branches in the towns of Woodburn, Brooks, and Dallas; and the Northwest Wine Studies Center in the town of Eola.


Academic divisions include Agricultural Sciences, Arts & Communication, Business & Management, Human Services, Health Sciences, Math Sciences Engineering & Industrial, Social Sciences, and Skills Training. Programs serve students who wish to obtain basic skills, those seeking an associates degree or certification before direct entry into employment, and those who plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Some of the more academic majors include Chicano/Latino Studies, Political Science, and Women’s Studies.

As with most community colleges, there are several options for working adults who wish to continue their education while continuing to earn income. These options include online classes, evening classes, weekend college, and a number of additional programs sponsored through the college’s Small Business Center.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are non-competitive for most programs. Some programs of study have requirements beyond general admission, especially those in health sciences and engineering. Contact the department head for each program at the college for further information.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers a wide range of grants, loans, scholarships, and other forms of assistance to students. All students seeking aid must first fill out and submit the FAFSA.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4655th for the average student loan amount.
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There are no on-campus living arrangements at Chemekata; however, the Student Services office keeps a listing of apartments and rooms for rent to help assist students in search of housing. Other services for students include disability services, student labs and centers, tutoring, testing services, and a number of specialized services for veterans.

The Salem campus is home to the planetarium, which offers astronomy presentations for students and the public throughout the year. Students and visitors may also make use of the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, where regional and national artists display their work through six rotating exhibitions every year.

One of the strongest features of the college is the vineyard and winemaking program. Not only do many students learn to make wine, but students in all programs visit the vineyards and sample wines as part of their educational experience.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Storm are a member of NJCAA. The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s baseball
  • Men’s basketball
  • Women’s basketball
  • Men’s soccer
  • Women’s soccer *Women’s volleyball

In addition to the competitive sports listed above, the athletic department sponsors a wide range of intermural and club sports for recreational athletes on campus.

Information Summary

Ranks 40th in Oregon and 3376th 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 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 11 0.09
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 365 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 32 0.02
Robbery 119 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 891 0.57
Larceny 4,641 2.97
Vehicle theft 428 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salem, OR 97305
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population34,677 (31,120 urban / 3,557 rural)
Households12,555 (2.74 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,325
Families8,767 (3.20 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 SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4105

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3276th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,690 $3,690 $10,980
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $630 $630 $630
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $96 $96 $258
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 $5,670 $5,670 $12,960
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,620 $16,620 $23,910
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,295 $8,295 $15,585

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,915 $4,050 $3,915 $4,050 $11,340(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(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 $7,950(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,750 $3,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,850 $2,625

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 1853rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,057 ($64,815 male / $59,803 female)
Number of FT Faculty 191 (98 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 718
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $11,705,188

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