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El Centro College’s main campus, founded in 1966, is located in downtown Dallas. The El Centro Bill Priest campus is situated just south of downtown Dallas. There is also a West Dallas campus that serves as the only on the West side of the city.

The college’s academic programs can be stepping stones for students wanting to transfer to four-year institutions, for continuing education students seeking courses for personal development, high school students looking to receive dual credit for high school completion and college credit, or students interested in earning associate degrees or certificates to take on entry-level positions in the workplace. Whatever the goal, ECC has a program designed to achieve it.

For degree seeking students, the college offers several degrees, including associate in arts, associate of applied science, and associate in science. In addition, the school offers continuing education students courses to enhance their professional skills, as well as distance learning for students seeking a flexible learning environment by taking courses strictly online.

High school students wanting to get a jump start toward higher education can do so with the Dual Credit program. This program is designed for juniors and seniors seeking dual credit for high school completion while earning college credit that can count towards a degree at a four-year institution.

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El Centro College is a two-year college which prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions, as well as serves certificate seeking students, continuing education students, high school students, and distance learning students.

To be admitted to the college, students must:

  • Complete an application for admission. Applications can be filled out and mailed or dropped off at the school or students may take advantage of filling out their application online.
  • Attend orientation.
  • Take an assessment exam.
  • Schedule an appointment with an Advisor.

Financial Aid

The college offers a variety of financial aid options. Students may be eligible for grants, loans, work-study programs, or scholarships. The school’s website provides detailed descriptions of all financial aid available as well as instructions on how to apply for each type of aid.

To apply for financial aid, students must:

  • Show a financial need
  • Be a US citizen, or eligible non-citizen
  • Not have defaulted on a federal loan
  • Show strong academic progress
  • Be enrolled at the college, with the purpose of earning a degree or certificate

All qualifying students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline set by the college. (check the school’s website for all deadlines)

Student Financial Aid Details

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ECC is a commuter college yet it offers many opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. There are over 25 student clubs and organizations, including a Writing Club, Student Government, Paralegal Student Association, Student Nursing Association, Chess Club, and more.

Other student services include a campus health center that offers immunizations and general health services, community service projects, disability services, career services, and a computer lab which is opened seven days a week during the regular school year.

Student Enrollment Demographics


El Centro College offers men’s and women’s intramural sports including basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting.

Information Summary

Ranks 121st in Texas and 2258th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 7 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,703 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 133 0.01
Forcible Rape 428 0.03
Robbery 4,066 0.33
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,727 1.53
Larceny 35,148 2.87
Vehicle theft 7,984 0.65

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dallas, TX 75202-3604
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population1,338 (1,338 urban / N/A rural)
Households441 (1.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,688
Families80 (2.09 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 4500th 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)

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 2787th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,968 ($56,620 male / $52,145 female)
Number of FT Faculty 147 (52 male / 95 female)
Number of PT Faculty 423
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,389,859

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