• 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

El Centro College serves 12,947 students (15% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 12,947 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,015
  • Out-state tuition: $4,695
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 85%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 564 teachers has grown by 101% over five years.
El Centro College
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 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 El Centro College has grown by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 41:1 over five years.
The El Centro College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
12,947 students
4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,005 students
1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students
10,942 students
3,460 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
6%
5%
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% Hispanic
52%
47%
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% Black
22%
12%
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% White
15%
29%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.65
0.68
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College Completion Rate
15%
24%
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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 $4,287. 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 $6,528. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,015
$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,695
$6,528
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
74%
82%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,500
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2020 (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 12,947 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,015
  • Out-state tuition: $4,695
  • Student:teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Minority enrollment: 85%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Dallas County, TX public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,965 per year for in-state students and $4,621 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,201 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Dallas County, TX community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Dallas County, TX is Vista College-Online. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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