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Cedar Valley College, founded in 1977, is located in the city of Lancaster, Texas. Tailored to students who want to increase their vocational skills, as well as local students who want to move on to four-year universities, the college is part of the Dallas County Community College District.

Degree programs are available in Anthropology, Biology, Childhood Development, Cultural Studies, Drama, English, Human Development, Music Recording Technology, Nutrition, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Teacher Preparation, and more.

Students also have the option to pursue their choice of dozens of Certificate Programs, including Accounting, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Computer Graphics, Criminal Justice, Engine Technology, Management, Marketing Careers, Commercial Music Recording Technology, Office Technology, Real Estate Residential Building and Performance Technology, and Veterinary Technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The admissions office has an open admissions policy and will work with any applicant who wants to increase their academic or job skills.

College transfer students should submit their official transcripts, and must meet the college’s minimum academic requirements. Students transferring from another college or university in Texas must show ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or THEA test scores. Transfer applicants from an out-of-state college or from the private sector are required to submit assessment scores that meet the Texas Success Initiative program standards. A complete explanation of these standards can be found online.

International applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 530 on the paper test, 197 on the computerized test, or 71 on the Internet version is required for admission, although the score requirements may be waived if the student takes an English language program that meets the college’s standards. In addition, students do not need to show proof of English proficiency if they are a graduate from an accredited college or university in the United States. International students also must show proof of adequate finances, as well as medical proof that they have tested negative for tuberculosis within the previous year.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who need assistance paying for their education. This can come in the form of work-study programs, scholarships, or federal aid.

Some of the scholarships available to students who wish to attend include the James Arthur Adkins Scholarship, Cedar Valley College General Scholarship, Cedar Valley College SECC Scholarship, John J. Etheredge Scholarship, Marie M. Razkow Service Learning Scholarship, Glenna Montgomery Reames Scholarship, Patrick Clancy Nolan Scholarship Fund, Lee Robinson Memorial Scholarship, and more.

When applying for federal aid, students should begin by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be done online. To receive aid, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, declare a program of study, and maintain a satisfactory academic record.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students who want to pursue law enforcement careers can study at the college’s Law Enforcement Academy, which specializes in police officer training. The college also has the Best Southwest Small Business Development Center, which offers counseling and seminars for people seeking information on how to start and run their own business. The campus is home to a number of student clubs and organizations.

Many students take advantage of distance learning, through the eCampus and eConnect programs.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department fields men’s teams in baseball and basketball, and women’s teams in soccer and volleyball. The volleyball team won the NJCAA Division III National Championship in 2003.

Recreational athletes have the options of intramural sports programs in basketball and flag football.

Information Summary

Ranks 196th in Texas and 3400th 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 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 65 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.03
Robbery 31 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 436 1.17
Larceny 724 1.95
Vehicle theft 110 0.30

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lancaster, TX 75134-3799
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population11,566 (10,925 urban / 641 rural)
Households3,950 (2.89 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,547
Families3,057 (3.31 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District4830

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4497th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,560 $2,910 $4,590
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $52 $97 $153
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 $2,960 $4,310 $5,990
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,503 $15,853 $17,533
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,250 $7,600 $9,280

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,350(N/C) $2,490(N/C) $3,960(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,575
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,482 $7,747
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,656 $4,718
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,656 $4,718

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 2364th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,296 ($61,447 male / $52,885 female)
Number of FT Faculty 71 (39 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 215
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,013,972

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3030 North Dallas Ave
Lancaster, TX 75134-3799
p. 972-860-8201
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