El Centro College

Tel: (214)860-2037
10,771 students
Public institution
The purpose of El Centro College is to provide Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, Workforce education programs leading to associate degrees or certificates, Continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural enrichment, Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs, Education programs, Ongoing counseling and guidance, Adult literacy and other basic skills programs and other purposes as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.
School Highlights
El Centro College serves 10,771 students (18% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 45:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 65%.
El Centro College is one of 20 community colleges within Dallas County, TX.
The nearest community college is Wade College (1.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 239 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College El Centro College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 239 staff
61 staff
El Centro College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 10,771 has grown by 32% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has increased from 32:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is equal to the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,771 students 1,315 students
El Centro College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 45:1
El Centro College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,992 students
815 students
El Centro College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 8,779 students
1,061 students
El Centro College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
El Centro College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
El Centro College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
El Centro College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
El Centro College Black (2006-2013)
% White
El Centro College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
El Centro College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
El Centro College Unknown (2006-2013)
El Centro College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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 0.70
El Centro College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,910 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,590 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,910 $5,590
El Centro College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,590 $10,086
El Centro College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 81%
El Centro College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • El Centro, a college of the Dallas County Community College District, is centrally located in downtown Dallas and has played a vital role in the area's educational advancement since 1966. El Centro's central location allows students from all parts of Dallas County to take advantage of preprofessional courses transferable to four-year institutions, as well as career training in over 50 exciting fields. The campus has gained international attention for making use of a nine-story, turn-of-the-century department store, renovated to accommodate classrooms, laboratories, computer technology, student center, learning center, performance hall and administrative offices, as well as labs, arts facilities and library. Our new student and technology center, on the south side of the campus, adds a spacious student center, technology classrooms and a new main entrance to the college's downtown setting. The college offers Degrees/Certificates in Arts & Science, Business & Public Service, Communications & Math, Health & Legal Studies, Information Technology Programs & Systems Support and Urban Education. El Centro College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Wade College
    Private for-profit
    220 students | 1.90 Mi1950 N. Stemmons Freeway Suite 4080 Dallas INFOMART
    Dallas, TX 75207
  • 148 students | 2.90 Mi2600 Stemmons Fwy Ste 117
    Dallas, TX 75207
  • Everest College-Dallas
    Private for-profit
    1,074 students | 4.50 Mi6080 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX 75206
  • 256 students | 4.60 Mi1341 West Mokingbird Lane Suite 200E
    Dallas, TX 75247
  • 593 students | 4.60 Mi1250 Mockingbird Lane Suite 150
    Dallas, TX 75247
Did You Know?
For Dallas private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,269 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Dallas 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 0.76, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Dallas is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Dallas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.