El Centro College

801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202-3604
Tel: (214)860-2037
  • 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 10,549 students (17% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 64% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 61%.
  • El Centro College is one of 20 community colleges within Dallas County, TX.
  • The nearest community college is Wade College (1.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 260 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
El Centro College (TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 260 staff 65 staff
El Centro College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 10,549 has declined by 12% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,549 students 3,585 students
El Centro College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 0:1 34:1
El Centro College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,764 students 932 students
El Centro College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 8,785 students 2,653 students
El Centro College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
El Centro College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
El Centro College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
El Centro College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
El Centro College Black (2007-2016)
% White
El Centro College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
El Centro College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
El Centro College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
El Centro College Ethnicity Breakdown TX 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. 0.73 0.69
El Centro College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
El Centro College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $31,900 $34,000
El Centro College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,015 is less than the state average of $4,255. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,695 is less than the state average of $6,425. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,015 $4,255
El Centro College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,695 $6,425
El Centro College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80% 84%
El Centro College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $8,730 $9,500
El Centro College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2011)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,563 $5,250
El Centro College Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2011)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

Nearby Schools

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  • Wade College
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    Dallas TX  75207
  • 162 students | 2.90 Mi2600 Stemmons Fwy Ste 117
    Dallas TX  75207
  • Everest College-Dallas
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    712 students | 4.50 Mi6080 North Central Expressway
    Dallas TX  75206
  • 38 students | 4.60 Mi1341 West Mokingbird Lane, Suite 200E
    Dallas TX  75247
  • 490 students | 4.60 Mi1250 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 150
    Dallas TX  75247
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