Jefferson State Community College

  • Jefferson State Community College, one of Alabama’s leading two-year colleges, has provided excellence in education and workforce training for the greater Birmingham area for almost 40 years. Founded in 1965, Jefferson State offers more than 120 university transfer programs, 20 career programs with multiple options, and numerous certificate programs. Jefferson State also offers a comprehensive approach to workforce training through a variety of credit and non-credit programs.
School Highlights
  • Jefferson State Community College serves 8,516 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Jefferson State Community College is one of 6 community colleges within Jefferson County, AL.
  • The nearest community college to Jefferson State Community College is Virginia College-Birmingham (14.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Jefferson State Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Alabama for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 244 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Jefferson State Community College(AL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty244 staff73 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Jefferson State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Jefferson State Community College diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,516 students1,756 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio35:128:1
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# Full-Time Students2,965 students1,004 students
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# Part-Time Students5,551 students752 students
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
2%
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% Black
21%
24%
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% White
71%
61%
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% Two or more races
2%
1%
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% Non Resident races
1%
-
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Diversity Score0.450.56
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College Completion Rate
5%
17%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,400$29,500
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,320 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,710 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,320$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,710$8,152
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,916$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Jefferson campus is located in the northeast section of Birmingham, approximately 10 miles north of I-20/I-59, just off Highway 79 and Carson Road and one mile west of Center Point. The beautiful, wooded 200 acre campus is located in a suburban area. The college is built on one of the highest elevations in Jefferson County. Almost a million people live in the area served by the college.Jefferson State offers a comprehensive approach to customized workforce training through an ACT Center, Training for Business and Industry, GED programs, adult education, remedial education, workforce readiness training, and programs to assist dislocated workers, displaced homemakers and other special populations.Jefferson State is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree. Individual academic programs are nationally accredited by 10 different professional evaluating organizations.

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Birmingham community colleges have a diversity score of 0.35, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Birmingham is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.