• 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 8,526 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,526 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $7,710
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Jefferson State Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 511 teachers has grown by 109% over five years.
Jefferson State Community 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
511 staff
153 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 17:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Jefferson State Community College diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,526 students
1,674 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,451 students
755 students
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# Part-Time Students
6,075 students
919 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
542 students
343 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,451 students
755 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
7 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
6,075 students
1,028 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
24 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
4%
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% Black
20%
24%
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% White
70%
62%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
n/a
5%
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Diversity Score
0.47
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
16%
26%
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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)
$32,400
$29,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,320 is less than the state average of $4,439. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,710 is more than the state average of $6,998. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,320
$4,439
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,710
$6,998
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
78%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,950
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,000
$5,500
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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

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Jefferson State Community College cost?

Jefferson State Community College's tuition is approximately $4,320 for In-State students and $7,710 for Out-State students.

What schools are Jefferson State Community College often compared to?

Jefferson State Community Collegeis often viewed alongside schools like Lawson State Community College by visitors of our site.

What is Jefferson State Community College's ranking?

Jefferson State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Alabama for: Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,526 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $7,710
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 30%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

Jefferson County, AL community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Jefferson County, AL is Herzing University - Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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