Des Moines Area Community College

2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
Tel: (515)964-6241
  • The mission of the college is to create opportunities for your success.
School Highlights
  • Des Moines Area Community College serves 23,526 students (32% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Des Moines Area Community College is one of 3 community colleges within Polk County, IA.
  • The nearest community college is Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus (11.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 634 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
Des Moines Area Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty634 staff95 staff
Des Moines Area Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 23,526 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has declined by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment23,526 students2,620 students
Des Moines Area Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:133:1
Des Moines Area Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students7,566 students1,090 students
Des Moines Area Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students15,960 students1,530 students
Des Moines Area Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Des Moines Area Community College Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
202420
Des Moines Area Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
2%
2%
Des Moines Area Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
4%
5%
Des Moines Area Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
5%
10%
Des Moines Area Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
82%
69%
Des Moines Area Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
1%
1%
Des Moines Area Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Des Moines Area Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
5%
11%
Des Moines Area Community College Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.320.50
Des Moines Area Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
20%
28%
Des Moines Area Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,200$36,200
Des Moines Area Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,170 is less than the state average of $4,714. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,340 is more than the state average of $5,619. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,170$4,714
Des Moines Area Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,340$5,619
Des Moines Area Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%88%
Des Moines Area Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,800$12,000
Des Moines Area Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
Des Moines Area Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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. It encompasses 6,560 square miles or about 11 percent of the land area of the state. Approximately 20 percent of the state's population resides within the district. It operates in the same geographical boundaries as Heartland Area Education Agency 11. 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 75 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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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,714 per year for in-state students and $5,619 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,520 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.