El Centro College


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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Information Summary

Ranks 132nd in Texas and 2399th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 58.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,770
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 11 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 57% / 48%
Enrollment Total (all students) 11,729


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.


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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)

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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.

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

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