• 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

Dallas College serves 74,781 students (25% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 81% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 70%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 74,781 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,015
  • Out-state tuition: $4,695
  • Minority enrollment: 81%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Dallas College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 564 teachers has grown by 116% over five years.
Dallas College
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
564 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Dallas College has grown by 592% over five years.
The Dallas College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
74,781 students
3,674 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
133:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
18,769 students
1,289 students
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# Part-Time Students
56,012 students
3,252 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
524 students
344 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
18,769 students
1,266 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
16 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
56,012 students
3,252 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
12%
5%
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% Hispanic
42%
46%
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% Black
20%
12%
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% White
19%
30%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.73
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.98%
2.75%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.44%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,900
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,015 is less than the state average of $3,626. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,695 is less than the state average of $5,997. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,015
$3,626
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,695
$5,997
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
83%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,750
$10,765
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Dallas College cost?

Dallas College's tuition is approximately $3,015 for In-State students and $4,695 for Out-State students.

What is Dallas College's ranking?

Dallas College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Texas for: Diversity in US community colleges and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 74,781 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,015
  • Out-state tuition: $4,695
  • Minority enrollment: 81%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Dallas County, TX community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Dallas County, TX is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Dallas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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