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).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 41:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • 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 19 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 5% over five years.
El Centro College(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty260 staff76 staff
El Centro College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 10,549 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has stayed the same 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 Enrollment10,549 students3,921 students
El Centro College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio41:135:1
El Centro College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,764 students1,055 students
El Centro College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students8,785 students2,866 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 Score0.730.69
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 $4,070. 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 $6,270. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,015$4,070
El Centro College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,695$6,270
El Centro College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%83%
El Centro College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
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

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Wade College
    Private, for profit
    207 students | 1.90 Mi1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 4080 Dallas INFOMART
    Dallas TX  75207
  • 162 students | 2.90 Mi2600 Stemmons Fwy Ste 117
    Dallas TX  75207
  • Everest College-Dallas
    Private, for profit
    712 students | 4.50 Mi6080 North Central Expressway
    Dallas TX  75206
  • 38 students | 4.60 Mi1341 West Mokingbird Lane, Suite 200E
    Dallas TX  75247
  • Sanford-Brown College-Dallas
    Private, for profit
    490 students | 4.60 Mi1250 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 150
    Dallas TX  75247
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Did You Know?
For Dallas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,875 per year for in-state students and $7,186 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,901 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Dallas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Dallas is Richland College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.