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Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Allegheny County Rating: 4.7/5 (42 votes)

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Founded in 1966, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is today the largest college in western Pennsylvania. The college started with a student population of only 1,500 (which was remarkable for a new college at the time) but today more than 60,000 students are enrolled. The current student population is served by the college’s four campuses – the North Campus at West Hills Center, the South Campus at Bethel Park Center, the Boyce Campus at Braddock Hills Center and the Allegheny Campus on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.

For students who might be unable to attend school at the college’s four campuses, there are six education centers spread out that makes it easy to serve would-be students in the whole of Allegheny and Washington counties. In addition, the college offers distance learning through three types of courses – internet courses, telecourses and web-enhanced courses.


Students here have a wide range of academic programs to choose from. The college offers certificates, diplomas and degrees in a variety of disciplines. Graduates of this college can therefore obtain employment or transfer to four-year colleges or universities. In total, the college runs close to 170 degree programs covering more than 100 study disciplines.

A myriad of business career programs are offered by the institution. The Accounting department, for example, offers Associate degrees and certificates in accounting. The programs are tailored to prepare the student for immediate employment or transfer to a four-year institution. Other business-related courses available include marketing management, E-Commerce, culinary arts, aviation technology, human resource management, cosmetology management, and tourism management among many others.

Students keen on developing careers in information technology can benefit from the college’s Computer and Information Technology (CIT) programs. The college offers an Associate degree in computer and information services which is highly recommended for students who wish to move on to a four year college or university. Obtaining this associate degree helps save the student money as it is much cheaper than what is charged for the first two years at four-year colleges. Moreover, certificate courses are offered in computer forensics, software development and information technology support among others.

Students who desire careers in humanities and social sciences will most likely find a course of their choice as the college has programs in diverse areas including psychology, global studies, ethnic and diversity studies, women’s studies and global studies. The college’s science programs cover mathematics, biology, laboratory technology, chemistry and nanotechnology among others. Engineering students can obtain a certificate or associate degree as well. Some of the programs available include basic and digital electronics, civil engineering, architectural drafting and design, integrated systems engineering and manufacturing technology.

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The school runs an open admissions program that does not require would-be students to sit for college entrance examinations. To qualify for admission into the college, a student is required to have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. The college admits students who are at least 18 years old. GED certificates make it easy for older students to benefit from college education as they test the academic skills of older students against those expected from a high school graduate.

Students wishing to join can complete an application for admission at the campus of their choice or do it online. The application should be accompanied by the student’s high school transcripts or GED scores and should be submitted one month before the beginning of the semester.

When a student’s application for admission is received, the college contacts the student to arrange for placement tests. Placement tests are conducted to test the ability of the student to pursue their chosen courses. The tests cover mathematics, reading and writing. However, some applicants are exempt from taking some or all of the placement tests: applicants who benefit from exemption include those who already have a college degree, those who have obtained grade “C” and above in their college-level English and mathematics and those with ACT or SAT scores above 50%.

International students wishing to pursue studies are required to provide their high school transcripts and evidence of graduation. In addition, they must provide an official copy of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered for admission, the student must have obtained a minimum score of 347 for the written test or a score 19 for the internet-based test.

Financial Aid

The financial burden of attending college can be reduced substantially by acquisition of financial aid, and students attending here have many sources of such aid. Aid is available in the form of grants (money which the student is not required to repay), scholarships, loans and work-study programs.

Various state and federal agencies offer grants to students with demonstrated financial needs. One such grant is the Pell Grant which is available for undergraduate students who have applied via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to verifiable financial need, an applicant has to achieve a grade level progression of 24 credits to qualify for the Pell grant. Recipients whose financial needs are exceptional could also apply for the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) which could provide them with further funding up to $600.

Most grants are tied to academic performance and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), for example, is awarded to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students who are residents of Pennsylvania could also apply for the PHEAA State Grant.

There are over 10 scholarships that a student here could apply for. The GAP Scholarship is available for needy students who maintain 12 credits and whose grade point average is 2.5 or higher each semester. A qualifying student could be awarded up to $500 per semester. Other scholarships include the University of Pittsburgh, CGS Learning Solutions Scholarships ($1,000), the Datatel Scholars Foundation’s Scholarships, and the Carlow University Community College Transfer Scholarship ($4,000).

Student loans are provided through the Department of Education and allow students to pay for college through low-interest loans. Loans could be either subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized William D. Ford Direct Federal Stafford loans are available for students with financial need and interest on the loan is paid by the federal government until the student completes studies and finds employment. Students applying for unsubsidized loans do not have to demonstrate financial need and interest on the loan is payable immediately after the first disbursement.

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Extra-curricular activities are appreciated as one way to make a student’s college experience complete. Student activities at the college are governed by the Office of Student Life which has organized various clubs and organizations that a student could join at each of the four campuses. Some of the clubs include the Art Association Club which hosts art shows exhibiting the art made by students and faculty in addition to organizing fundraisers, art galleries and workshops.

Students who are members of the Christian faith could join the Agape Christian Ministry which organizes various social events. Other clubs include the Biotech Club which addresses the career needs of Biotech students, the Business Club which puts the students in touch with the local business community and the Dance Club whose membership is open to all members of the college. The dance club seeks to promote the use of dance as a medium of expression.

Gay and straight students get to exchange views through the Gay-Straight Alliance, a forum that was established to bridge the gap between gay and heterosexual students.

Some of the organizations and honor societies represented include Phi Theta Kappa whose chapter here is Alpha Mu Theta.

Working for and in conjunction with all the student clubs and organizations is the Student Government. This representative of the student body ensures that student rights such as freedom of expression are respected. Moreover, the student government ensures that student activities are in touch with the aspirations of the civic communities near the campuses. Representatives are elected at the start of each fall term. Student meetings are held biweekly and all students are welcome to attend.

Students who have special interests that might not be adequately served by the clubs and organizations already established are encouraged start new organizations by filling-in an Application for Recognition.

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All of the college’s campuses have facilities for various sports and some of the athletic programs offered include the following:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Golf
  • Women’s Intercollegiate Softball
  • Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball

The physical education building is open to all students with an ID card who wish to drop in and work-out. Also, the school hosts a bunch of recreational activities for all students such as ski trips, weight training, volleyball, and biking.

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Ranks 198th in Pennsylvania and 3153rd 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 2 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 4 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,239 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 44 0.01
Forcible Rape 67 0.02
Robbery 1,126 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,686 0.87
Larceny 6,897 2.23
Vehicle theft 480 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pittsburgh, PA 15233-1895
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,876 (4,876 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,446 (2.11 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,841
Families688 (3.05 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large 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 District4214

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3649th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,992 $5,986 $8,978
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $548 $806 $806
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $100 $200 $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 $4,540 $7,792 $10,784
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,670 $14,922 $17,914
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,728 $11,980 $14,972

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,242 $3,369 $5,854 $6,332 $8,564 $9,198
  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 $4,804(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,554(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,416(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)

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 378 16 44 12 1,891 290 2,672
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 9 8 1 62 13 94
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 9 9
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 1
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Area Studies, Other 1 1 2
Art/Art Studies, General 4 1 5
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 14 4 19
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 3 1 6
Biotechnology 1 1 7 1 10
Building/Property Maintenance 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 1 57 2 3 151 28 246
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 2 8 1 11
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 10 1 12
Carpentry/Carpenter 7 1 124 11 143
Chemistry, General 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 19 2 1 39 11 77
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 11 4 18
Child Development 3 1 18 8 32
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 2
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 6 7
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 5 2 16 23
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 3 2 15 1 21
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 5 28 2 35
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 7 9
Computer and Information Sciences, General 15 2 17
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1 4 1 7
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Trades, Other 8 8
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 1 24 6 31
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 14 1 35 7 57
Court Reporting/Court Reporter 5 5
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 1 3 2 7
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 1 21 3 26
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other 2 17 1 20
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 3
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 1 17 4 22
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Electrician 1 1 1 38 5 46
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 3 4
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 3
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 10 10
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
General Studies 3 54 1 3 167 24 257
Graphic Design 3 20 1 26
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 6 7
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 2 2
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 27 10 38
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 6 6
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 3 3
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 2 4
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Industrial and Product Design
Ironworking/Ironworker 3 17 11 31
Labor Studies
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 8 1 32 2 43
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 43 2 1 1 147 24 223
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 2 4
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 13 15
Mathematics, General 1 1 1 24 3 30
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 4 4
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 2
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 1 11 3 16
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 1 13 2 18
Metal Fabricator
Music, General 2 6 8
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2 21 4 29
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 20 1 22
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 8 1 10
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 8 1 1 35 1 46
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 26 4 30
Physics, General 1 1
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 15 1 17
Psychology, General 4 9 1 16
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 3 61 4 69
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 32 2 8 4 326 45 419
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 6 15 4 25
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 13 1 14
Social Sciences, General 3 2 5 10
Social Work 21 19 3 44
Social Work, Other 4 9 13
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 20 15 7 43
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 6 7
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 1 2
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 3 1 7
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1
Tourism Promotion Operations
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 5 5
Welding Technology/Welder 1 3 1 23 12 40
Women's Studies 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1740th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,101 ($70,121 male / $61,610 female)
Number of FT Faculty 288 (133 male / 155 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,327
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $8,599,375

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