Des Moines Area Community College

Tel: (515)964-6241
20,167 students
Public institution
The mission of the college is to create opportunities for your success.
School Highlights:
Des Moines Area Community College serves 20,167 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 23%.
Des Moines Area Community College is one of 5 community colleges within Polk County, IA.
The nearest community college is Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus (11.7 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 627 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Des Moines Area Community 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 627 staff
59 staff
Des Moines Area Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 20,167 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 28:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.20 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment
20,167 students
1,282 students
Des Moines Area Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1
22:1
Des Moines Area Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
7,735 students
810 students
Des Moines Area Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 12,432 students
1,017 students
Des Moines Area Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Des Moines Area Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
3%
2%
Des Moines Area Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
5%
7%
Des Moines Area Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
7%
12%
Des Moines Area Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
77%
57%
Des Moines Area Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Des Moines Area Community College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
3%
Des Moines Area Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
Des Moines Area Community 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. 0.20 0.53
Des Moines Area Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,080 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,160 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,080 $5,742
Des Moines Area Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,160 $10,294
Des Moines Area Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 204 255
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 72%
89%
Des Moines Area Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Des Moines Area Community College is a publicly supported two-year institution serving the Des Moines metropolitan area and surrounding counties. The College District includes all or major portions of Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren counties and minor parts of 11 adjacent counties. It encompasses 6,560 square miles or about 11 percent of the land area of the state. Approximately 20 percent of the state's population resides within the district. It operates in the same geographical boundaries as Heartland Area Education Agency 11. Des Moines Area Community College was officially created March 18, 1966, and was designated as Merged Area XI. A nine member Board of Directors was elected and formally installed that same year. The College was established after extensive studies had indicated the need for such an institution. Leading figures throughout the College's District combined their talents and resources to assure proper planning for the College. Des Moines Area Community College anticipates student and community needs, providing quality, learner-centered higher education and workforce development. Our programs and services encourage and develop career success, cultural understanding, social enrichment and life-long learning. We accomplish our mission through a process of responsible use of resources and continuous improvement. DMACC is the largest two-year college program in Iowa. DMACC has over 75 career programs leading to high demand jobs. It's also a great way to complete the first two years of a college education. Students who earn their Associate of Arts degree at DMACC have been very successful after transferring to other colleges and universities. Des Moines Area Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College is also approved by the Iowa State Department of Education and the Iowa Board of Regents.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Urbandale Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
    Private for-profit
    4655 121st Street
    Urbandale, IA 50323
    (515)727-2100
    11.7  Mi  |  902  students
  • Des Moines AIB College of Business
    Private not-for-profit
    2500 Fleur Drive
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515)244-4221
    13.1  Mi  |  1019  students
  • Clive ITT Technical Institute-Clive
    Private for-profit
    1860 NW 118th St Ste 110
    Clive, IA 50325
    (515)327-5500
    13.3  Mi  |  234  students
  • Des Moines Vatterott College-Des Moines
    Private for-profit
    7000 Fleur Drive
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    (515)309-9000
    16  Mi  |  167  students
  • Marshalltown Marshalltown Community College
    Public
    3700 S Center St
    Marshalltown, IA 50158
    (641)752-7106
    39.5  Mi  |  2117  students
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Did You Know?
Polk, IA 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 0.22, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Polk, IA is Vatterott College-Des Moines. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.