3421 Meridian St N
Huntsville, AL 35811
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • Drake?s mission is to provide vocational-technical education through academic and occupational training, from basic education through two-year technical programs. Students develop marketable skills in vocational-technical areas at J. F. Drake, one of a network of forty postsecondary institutions of its kind in the state of Alabama. The 30-acre campus houses eight buildings.

School Highlights

J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College serves 789 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 73% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,384
  • Out-state tuition: $6,096
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 73%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 73 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College
(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
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
73 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College has declined by 25% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 20:1 over five years.
The J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
789 students
1,944 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
272 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
517 students
1,075 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
5%
5%
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% Black
53%
26%
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% White
27%
58%
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% Two or more races
6%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.64
0.59
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College Completion Rate
14%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$26,300
$29,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,384 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has declined by 22% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,096 is less than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has declined by 22% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,384
$4,077
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,096
$7,206
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
84%
89%
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
78%
SAT Reading
n/a
530
SAT Math
n/a
545
ACT Composite
n/a
23
ACT English
n/a
21
ACT Math
n/a
22
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • J. F. Drake State Technical College is a two-year, state-supported, coed, vocational-technical college founded in 1961. J. F. Drake is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Applied Technology degree. Diplomas and certificates are also awarded. Drake Tech is located in northeastern Huntsville, home of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army Missile Command, Strategic Defense Command, the Redstone Arsenal, and a host of high-technology industrial centers. The area is one of the fastest-growing engineering and technology centers in the South. Huntsville offers students access to museums, shopping, and fine restaurants. The College assists African-American students to find and contact predominantly African- American schools and colleges which provide educational opportunities that are best suited to the individual students academic achievement and financial resources.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 789 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,384
  • Out-state tuition: $6,096
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 73%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,206 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,921 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Alabama is J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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