Home » University List » Texas

Collin County Community College District

Collin County Community College District Rating: 4.1/5 (12 votes)

Compare This School

Similar Schools

Schools similar in rank, size, etc.


Collin College was founded in 1985. Located in Collin County, Texas, it is the only community college in the county.

From its very beginning, the school has always enjoyed high student enrollments. Today it serves well over 50,000 students at any given time.

The college has three campuses (Central Park, Prestige Ridge and Spring Creek) and four instruction centers (Collin Higher Education Center, Courtyard Center, Allen Center and Rockwall Center). The campuses were previously known as the Collin County Community College District.


The range of academic programs is vast and diverse. The college awards four types of associate degrees: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Science (AS). In addition, the college offers a comprehensive certificates program covering most of the areas in which it offers degrees. Some of the certificate programs are aimed at holders of associate degrees who wish to enhance their skills and are appropriately named Enhanced Skills Certificates (ESC).

The number of degree and certificate programs available is in excess of 100. The programs cover all the major areas of study and students can enroll for degrees and certificates in diverse fields such as accounting, art, anthropology, French, geology, graphic design, health information technology, mathematics, music and industrial engineering among many others.

For students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the fields of finance, marketing, business administration and accounting, the Business Field of Study program offers core courses are microeconomics, macroeconomics, business and professional speaking and public speaking. Such students are also required to earn 12 credit hours covering financial accounting, managerial accounting, business computer applications and principles of microeconomics. The college has a system in place that enables its students to earn both associate degrees and a Field of Study Certificate at the same time.

There are a host of associate of applied science degrees aimed at students who wish to enter the job market immediately after their two-year degree. Under its Computer Networking Technology Program, students could enroll for an AAS in Cisco Systems Networking Specialization, or Computer Networking Technology. Moreover, there are several certificate programs available for holders of the AAS covering specialized areas such as software development.

Since 2000, three of the college’s professors have been awarded the coveted U.S. Professor of the Year, an award presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In Texas, this is a record for both colleges and universities. To assist students transfer easily to four-year colleges, the college has articulation arrangements with several universities, most notably with Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Application is open to people who are holders of high school diplomas and requires that the applicants submit their high school transcripts showing grades obtained and the date of graduation. Alternative to the high school diploma, the college accepts satisfactory GED certificates. The college also carries out reading, writing and math tests.

For the reading test, the college exempts applicants who have passed the THEA reading test with a minimum score of 230. Such students will also be exempted from the writing test if their THEA writing score is 240 or higher. To obtain exemption from the math assessment, the college requires a THEA score of 270 or higher.

Students wishing to transfer from other institutions are required to submit the official transcripts issued by all the institutions they have previously attended. The same applies to former students who wish to return but have been away from the institution for more than two semesters. Where a student does not have the required transcripts, the college could still admit them if they sign the Conditional Admissions Contract. To satisfy the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), all applicants must present transcripts showing grades obtained, exemptions and completion.

Under the Dual Credit and Concurrent Credit programs, students in high school and those attending home school get a chance to take the college’s courses. To qualify for the dual credit program, the applicant must be at least 16 years old, be in the 11th grade and have a grade point average of A or B. Applicant must also satisfy the requirements of the TSI. Applicants below 16 years of age and not entering the 11thgrade have to meet with a Special Admissions Coordinator to have their application reviewed.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office endeavors to ensure that students enrolled with the institution complete their studies even when financial challenges are an inhibition. A prime source of financial aid for students attending the college is the Collin College Foundation.

The main aim of this foundation is to help students complete their studies uninterrupted by financial worries. To this end, the foundation awards scholarships every summer to cater for the coming fall semester. Amounts awarded vary depending on the student’s need and also the kind of studies being undertaken. Where the student fulfils the scholarship’s conditions, he or she could qualify for scholarship renewal for the spring semester.

Students who are residents of Texas could also apply for one of several State grants. The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) awards varying amounts depending on the student’s eligibility and the number of credit hours enrolled for. The Texas Grant Program (TGP) awards $1,730 per year for full-time students. A needy student could also apply for the Leveraging Education Assistance Program (LEAP) valued at $500 per year.

Several sources of federal aid are also available. The Federal Work-Study Program allows applicants to work part-time to finance their college studies. Amounts earned vary but federal authorities require that students get paid at no less than the minimum federal hourly rate. While the school participates in the federal work-study program, it does not participate in the Texas Work-Study program.

A student could also apply for the Federal Pell Grant which awards amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to $5,350 per year depending on student’s eligibility as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students with exceptional needs who qualify for Pell grants could also get supplementary funds via the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

Federal loans are also available for needy students and, while they have to be repaid, they are available at very low interest rates and highly flexible repayment terms. There are three types of federal loans that students could apply for: subsidized federal Stafford loans, unsubsidized federal Stafford loans and federal parent loans for undergraduate students (PLUS).

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5062nd for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Texas.


Student activities are coordinated by the Student Life office whose stated objective is to enhance student learning and development. To achieve this, the office regularly organizes educational conferences and offers leadership training in addition to inviting motivational public speakers. Events organized cover various social, cultural and civic themes.

Student Life is also responsible for coordinating the activities of the student organizations represented at the college. The list of organizations is long – there are political and social clubs and organizations as well as religious and special interest clubs and organizations. Some of the honor societies with chapters at the college include the Alpha Beta Gamma, the Kappa Delta Pi, the Sigma Chi Eta and the Phi Theta Kappa.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Athletic activities comprise of basketball (men and women) and tennis (women). The teams, known as the Cougars, are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The college’s basketball teams compete in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (region V).


Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Some of the college’s programs have also been accredited by various professional and State bodies including the American Dental Council, the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, the National League for Nursing, the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Information Summary

Ranks 151st in Texas and 2639th overall
See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list

Add an image …

Contributed Photos

College Building :: Collin County Community College District College Logo :: Collin County Community College District

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 1 0.00

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 163 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 33 0.02
Robbery 44 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 626 0.47
Larceny 2,085 1.56
Vehicle theft 115 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near McKinney, TX 75069
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population28,347 (23,484 urban / 4,863 rural)
Households9,732 (2.81 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,324
Families6,753 (3.32 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District4803

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4555th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $930 $2,040 $3,840
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $214 $214 $214
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $38 $75 $135
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 $2,644 $3,754 $5,554
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,482 $16,592 $18,392
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,916 $8,026 $9,826

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,024(N/C) $2,044(N/C) $3,694(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,400
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,180 $6,398
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,212 $4,206
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,212 $4,206

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 2513th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,912 ($60,151 male / $52,856 female)
Number of FT Faculty 379 (157 male / 222 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,248
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $8,404,433

Elisabeth Bailey+

Elisabeth Bailey is a freelance writer and editor with particular interests in academics, food,and sustainability . She is also the author of A Taste of the Maritimes: Local, Seasonal Recipes the Whole Year Round and writes regularly for Canadian Farmers’ Almanac and the National Wildlife Federation. Elisabeth and her family live and enjoy great local food in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Add a video …

Related and Contributed Videos

There aren't any videos for this school. Be the first to share your video to thousands of people!

This website and its associated pages are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by this school.
StateUniversity.com has no official or unofficial affiliation with Collin County Community College District.