Durham Technical Community College

1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703-5023
Tel: (919)536-7200
5,035 students
Public institution
The primary mission and purpose of Durham Technical Community College are to provide postsecondary education that prepares students for careers in vocational and technical fields, the first two years of a baccalaureate degree to prepare students for professional careers, basic skills and general education programs that enable students to live productive lives, and skills development courses that meet workforce training needs of the residents and employers of Durham and Orange counties. The college seeks to inspire an active desire for lifelong learning and knowledge that will serve them well in the global workplace. Financially and geographically, Durham Tech provides an educational opportunity not otherwise available to area adults.
School Highlights
Durham Technical Community College serves 5,035 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 20:1.
Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
Durham Technical Community College is the only community colleges within Durham County, NC.
The nearest community college is Tri-County Community College (8.40 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 205 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
College Durham Technical Community College (NC) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 205 staff
122 staff

Student Body

The student population of 5,035 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,035 students 2,069 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1
# Full-Time Students 1,497 students
967 students
# Part-Time Students 3,538 students
1,306 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.70 0.55

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,840 is less than the state average of $2,281. The in-state tuition has declined by 17% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,388 is less than the state average of $8,425. The out-state tuition has declined by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,840 $2,281
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,388 $8,425
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 69%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Durham Technical Community College is a charter member of the North Carolina Community College System. When the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a small appropriation to establish a limited number of area schools to be known as industrial education centers in 1957, Durham already had a vigorous program in adult education through the Vocational and Adult Education Department of the Durham City Schools. A Practical Nursing program had been established in 1948; other programs included training in mechanical drafting, architectural drafting, and electronics technology. In addition, literacy skills training was offered for adults. Courses to upgrade the skills of workers were also offered in a variety of trades. Durham Tech offers at the main campus location on Lawson Street and Cooper Street, at the Northern Durham Center on Snow Hill Road, at the Orange County Campus Campus on College Park Road in Hillsborough, at the Orange County Skills Development Center on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, and at dozens of other locations throughout Durham and Orange counties. Durham Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Dental Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee for Occupational Therapy Education; the Opticianry program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation; and the Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The Surgical Technology program holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Nursing program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nursing (PN) programs have been approved for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,281 per year for in-state students and $8,425 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,944 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Pitt Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.