Dawson Community College

  • Dawson Community College is committed to a quality, comprehensive program. The College has an obligation to serve as an intellectual and cultural center for the community and its surrounding area. DCC is concerned with the development of the human potential and resources in the area; therefore, the institution strives to create sensitive and responsible citizens. This institution stresses social values and intellectual traditions.
School Highlights
  • Dawson Community College serves 553 students (62% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 32%.
  • Dawson Community College is the only community colleges within Dawson County, MT.
  • The nearest community college to Dawson Community College is Miles Community College (70.3 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 19 teachers has declined by 67% over five years.
Dawson Community College(MT) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsLess than 2 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty19 staff54 staff
Dawson Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Dawson Community College has grown by 76% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
  • The Dawson Community College diversity score of 0.49 is more than the state average of 0.48. The school's diversity has grown by 94% over five years.
Total Enrollment553 students1,310 students
Dawson Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio29:120:1
Dawson Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students343 students670 students
Dawson Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students210 students640 students
Dawson Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Dawson Community College Enrollment Breakdown MT All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Dawson Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Dawson Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Dawson Community College Asian (2010-2016)
% Hispanic
Dawson Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Dawson Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Dawson Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
Dawson Community College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
Dawson Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MT All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.490.48
Dawson Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Dawson Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,500$34,700
Dawson Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,330 is more than the state average of $3,974. The in-state tuition has grown by 34% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,850 is less than the state average of $8,845. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,330$3,974
Dawson Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,850$8,845
Dawson Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition NotesResidents from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming will receive in-state tuition. WUE tuition rates also available.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%90%
Dawson Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,459$13,000
Dawson Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,802
Dawson Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Softball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Associate Student Body, Book Club, Collegiate FFA, Criminal Justice Club, eSports, Gardening Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Native American Club, Recycling Club, Science Club, Skills USA

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cheerleading, Ranch Rodeo, Rodeo
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Dawson Community College (DCC) was established in 1940 as a public junior college. During the next several decades the junior college underwent several changes, including a separation from the Dawson County High School, a move to the present location, a name change, and an expansion of its mission to become a full service community college. Dawson Community College offers a wide range of transfer programs and vocational degrees along with one year certificates to meet the educational needs of eastern Montana. The college also offers workshops, short courses, and adult education opportunities. Courses are available on campus, online, and by instructional television. The main campus building currently houses the administration, faculty and staff offices, classrooms, laboratories, library, learning center, computer classrooms, student center and lounge, bookstore, community room, gymnasium, and weight room. Dawson Community College athletic programs provide collegiate competition and home town action for the general student body's personal enjoyment. The varsity sports available are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's rodeo, men's baseball, and women's fast pitch softball. Dawson Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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