Des Moines Area Community College

  • DMACC is dedicated to your personal and professional success through our small class sizes, free tutoring in our academic achievement centers and the flexibility of our growing list of new Signature Series online classes. Maybe the best part: DMACC offers this outstanding education for thousands of dollars less than you will find anywhere else. It's good to know that a higher education is still affordable.
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School Highlights
  • Des Moines Area Community College serves 35,488 students
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Des Moines Area Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Polk County, IA.
  • The nearest community college to Des Moines Area Community College is Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus (11.7 miles away).

Top Placements

Des Moines Area Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Iowa for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 2,010 teachers has grown by 217% over five years.
Des Moines Area Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty2,010 staff95 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Des Moines Area Community College has grown by 50% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
  • The Des Moines Area Community College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment35,488 students2,620 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:133:1
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# Full-Time Students-1,090 students
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# Part-Time Students-1,530 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
202285
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
6%
5%
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% Black
5%
10%
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% White
81%
69%
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% Two or more races
1%
1%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
11%
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Diversity Score0.320.50
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College Completion Rate
20%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,200$36,000
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $156 is less than the state average of $4,714. 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 $5,619. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$156$4,714
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Out-State Tuition Fees$312$5,619
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Tuition NotesFace-to-Face Classes Iowa Resident Tuition: $156.00 per credit hour Non-Resident Tuition: $312.00 per credit hourOnline Classes Online Class Tuition: $186.00* per credit hour Web-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 Aid73%87%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,800$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
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Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsCross Country, Golf, Intramural Sports Only, Softball, VolleyballCross 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 Clu
Source: 2016 (or 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. 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.

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