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107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16002
p. 724-287-8711
w. www.bc3.edu

Butler County Community College

Butler County Community College Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes)

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Butler County Community College, or BC3 as it is commonly known, was founded in 1965. Its main campus is located in Butler, PA and three additional satellite campuses can be found in Cranberry Township, Newcastle, and Hermitage. The school is a comprehensive two-year college offering certificates for those who wish to add new skills and advance in their careers as well as associate degrees that help prepare students to further their education at a four-year college or university or for entry-level jobs in the workforce.

This commuter campus offers programs that are often a mix of traditional class time and online distance learning, which creates a lot of flexible opportunities for those already with careers.


Business Division

This division offers students occupational majors to choose from, which were designed to prepare them for entrance into the workforce soon after graduation, or they can transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Some of these programs include Human Resources, Hospitality Management, and Marketing Management.

Nursing and Allied Health

Students enrolled in this division will encounter a mix of coursework and clinical work and graduates are often well prepared to pursue jobs in the medical field right after graduation. Programs include Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, and Paramedic.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Students interested in General Education enroll in this division and there are currently 10 transfer programs and nine occupational programs. This division uses both a traditional class approach in conjunction with distance learning, so access to a personal computer is a must-have.

Natural Science & Technology

There are four transfer programs and 11 occupational programs in this division. The technology track is more hands-on, preparing students for the workforce after graduation. Most natural sciences students are able to transfer their credits to a four-year college or university and complete a bachelor’s degree.


The online program awards degrees with the same distinction as traditional classes and students receive the same credit as well. Orientation is required and books will still need to be purchased, but this is great option to earn a degree if regular classroom attendance is an issue.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

BC3 has many partnerships with local agencies to provide the area with it’s Community & Workforce Program, which is geared towards providing opportunities for professionals already in the workforce to learn new skills and complete any holes in their training.

Certificates can be earned in the following programs:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Public Safety
  • Business Training
  • Professional Education
  • Industrial Safety Training


The college has an open admissions policy, meaning that anyone with a high school diploma or GED is welcome to apply. There is a nominal application fee, which can be waived if you are a returning student. Please note that if you are applying for the Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, or Paramedic program that these have additional requirements and a separate application is necessary. The school should be contacted directly to make arrangements to apply.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered and students have many options when it comes to financing their education here. Pell, PHEAA State, and Federal SEOG grants are available, along with student loans. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a must for anyone applying for aid.

The school also offers thousands of dollars worth of BC3 Education Foundation scholarships and interested students need to contact the school for a form and to see if they qualify.

The Work Study program is another avenue for funding, and these consist of part-time jobs on campus, of up to 20 hours per week. Students need to fill out the FAFSA, apply to a job, be registered for at least six credits, and have a minimum GPA of 2.00 to be considered.

The Veteran’s Benefits program is essential for any veteran wishing to receive funding. The Veterans Coordinator will handle all requests so anyone interested needs to arrange an appointment by contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs at the school.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5912th for the average student loan amount.
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The Pioneers proudly wear their navy blue and white while cheering on their teams. Students can join the men’s basketball, baseball, and golf teams, along with the women’s basketball, golf, softball, and volleyball teams.

The school participates in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC), Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Additional School Information

The college is home to a great entertainment venue, the Succop Theater which features plays, musicals, local artists, dance and performing arts, and even the Pittsburgh Philharmonic.


The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. (NLNAC).

Information Summary

Ranks 211th in Pennsylvania and 3343rd 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 3 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 56 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 29 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 98 0.71
Larceny 464 3.36
Vehicle theft 9 0.07

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Butler, PA 16002
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,149 (4,582 urban / 11,567 rural)
Households5,759 (2.71 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,281
Families4,486 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
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 District4203

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3699th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,790 $5,582 $8,370
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $930 $930 $930
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $124 $217 $310
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 $4,920 $7,710 $10,500
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $9,420 $12,210 $15,000
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,270 $9,060 $11,850

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,240 $3,450 $5,880 $6,150 $8,520 $8,850
  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 $3,150(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500 $1,350
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500 $1,350

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2338th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,567 ($64,903 male / $52,212 female)
Number of FT Faculty 62 (28 male / 34 female)
Number of PT Faculty 361
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,468,888

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