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School Highlights

Des Moines Area Community College serves 23,051 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 26%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 23,051 students
  • In-state tuition: $156
  • Out-state tuition: $312
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Des Moines Area Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Iowa for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,131 teachers has grown by 78% over five years.
Des Moines Area Community College
(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
1,131 staff
274 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Des Moines Area Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 21:1 over five years.
The Des Moines Area Community College diversity score of 0.47 is more than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
23,051 students
2,501 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
5,703 students
1,099 students
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# Part-Time Students
17,348 students
1,402 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Des Moines Area Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of IA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
142 students
210 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
5,703 students
1,099 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
45 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
17,348 students
1,444 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
457 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
224 students
400 students
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
7%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
72%
74%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
8%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in IA.
Diversity Score
0.47
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
31%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.01%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,200
$33,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Des Moines Area Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of IA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $156 is less than the state average of $4,331. The in-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $312 is less than the state average of $4,920. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$156
$4,331
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$312
$4,920
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Des Moines Area Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of IA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Tuition Notes
Face-to-Face ClassesIowa Resident Tuition: $156.00 per credit hourNon-Resident Tuition: $312.00 per credit hourOnline ClassesOnline Class Tuition: $186.00* per credit hourWeb-Blended Tuition:? $171.00** per credit hourOnline Tuition calculation = $156.00 tuition + $30 online fee per credit hour.**Web-Blended Tuition calculation = $156.00 tuition + $15 web-blended fee per credit hour.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
71%
91%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,730
$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
59%
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
22
ACT Math
n/a
21

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports
Sports
Cross Country, Golf, Intramural Sports Only, Softball, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
56 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Accounting Club, Agribusiness Club, American Sign Language Club, ARM- Animation Rich Media Club, AUSNA, Auto Body Club, Best Buddies, CAD Technology Club, Campus Chronicle, Campus Fellowship, Chess Club, Club MLT (Med Lab Tech), Communicate!, Creative Writing Club, Delta Psi Omega, DMACC Blades Fencing Club, DMACC Conservatives, DMACC Democrats, DMACC Diesel Club, DMACC Student Education Association, Fashion DECA, Fire and Ice (HVAC) Club, Graphic Design, Great Expectoration Club, Honorary Society of the Spanish Language, Horticulture Club, Hospitality-food Services Club, Human Services Club, International Club, IT Club, Kool Club, Latter-Day Saint Student Association, LGBTQ+, Lucky 8 Ball Club, Management-DECA, Medical Assistant Club, Parenting Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Philosophy Club, Plaque Busters, Retail Marketing Club, SAC (Student Activities Council), Salt Company, STEM Club, Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Student Dental Health Experts Club, The Criminal Justice Club, Tool and Die Club, Vet Tech Club, Video Game Club, Water Environmental Tech Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Choir, Dance Club, Improv Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
DMACC Soccer Club
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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. 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 220 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Des Moines Area Community College cost?

Des Moines Area Community College's tuition is approximately $156 for In-State students and $312 for Out-State students.

What sports does Des Moines Area Community College offer?

Des Moines Area Community College offers 5 interscholastic sports: Cross Country, Golf, Intramural Sports Only, Softball and Volleyball.

What is Des Moines Area Community College's ranking?

Des Moines Area Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Iowa for: Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 23,051 students
  • In-state tuition: $156
  • Out-state tuition: $312
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,331 per year for in-state students and $4,920 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,086 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Ross College-Quad Cities. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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