3421 Meridian St N
Huntsville, AL 35811
Top Ranked (2023): 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 825 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 825 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,384
  • Out-state tuition: $6,096
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • 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 37% over five years.
J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College
(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
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 grown by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
825 students
1,546 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
252 students
755 students
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# Part-Time Students
573 students
919 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
555 students
343 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
252 students
755 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
6 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
573 students
998 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
24 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
2%
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
4%
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% Black
41%
24%
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% White
42%
62%
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% Two or more races
7%
2%
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% Non Resident races
4%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.65
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.82%
3.24%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.17%
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 23% 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 23% 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
93%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$10,500
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$5,500
Acceptance Rate
n/a
81%
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: 2021 (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College cost?

J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College's tuition is approximately $3,384 for In-State students and $6,096 for Out-State students.

What is J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College's ranking?

J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Alabama for: Least expensive tuition and Diversity in US community colleges.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 825 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,384
  • Out-state tuition: $6,096
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • 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 0.55, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. 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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