Amarillo College

  • Amarillo College, a public community college, is dedicated to providing educational, cultural and community services and resources to enhance the quality of life for the diverse population in the service area.
School Highlights
  • Amarillo College serves 10,336 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 36:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 61%.
  • Amarillo College is the only community colleges within Randall County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to Amarillo College is Frank Phillips College (40.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Amarillo College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 288 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Amarillo College(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty288 staff76 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Amarillo College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Amarillo College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,336 students3,921 students
Student:Teacher Ratio36:135:1
# Full-Time Students3,067 students1,055 students
# Part-Time Students7,269 students2,866 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.550.69
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,900$33,800

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,898 is less than the state average of $4,026. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,362 is less than the state average of $6,207. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,898$4,026
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,362$6,207
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%83%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$10,950$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$5,015
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • On July 16, 1929, Amarillo College became the first junior college district in the state to be organized independent of a school district. The first classes were held in September 1929. The College moved to its present location with the construction of its first permanent building in 1937. After serving primarily as a junior college offering arts and sciences courses, the curriculum was expanded in 1942 to include vocational courses. In 1958, Amarillo College was granted its own board of regents independent of the trusteeship of the Amarillo Independent School District. The 1960s brought expansion in College facilities and programs. A number of allied health and occupational-technical programs were added to the curriculum along with an extensive array of continuing education and community service courses. In 1995, state legislation transferred Texas State Technical College - Amarillo to AC. Today, the East Campus (formerly Amarillo Technical Center) continues a 25-year history of meeting the region's technical education needs. As your community college, Amarillo College works hard to bring you high-quality academic and technical programs, plus hundreds of continuing education programs. We offer affordable tuition, and small classes when you want them - morning, afternoon, evening, or weekends. Our technical programs provide guaranteed training in fields where job prospects are good and there is the most long-term need for qualified personnel. AC is an ideal place to begin your college career. Our transfer programs let you complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree–conveniently and at a low cost. Amarillo College offers three associate degrees and various certificates of completion. Generally, students completing 15 semester credit hours each semester will be able to complete a certificate of completion within one academic year and an associate degree in two academic years. Amarillo College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate of arts degrees, associate of science degrees, associate of applied science degrees and certificates of completion.

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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,026 per year for in-state students and $6,207 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,730 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 74%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Texas is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.