Jefferson State Community College

Tel: (205)853-1200
  • 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 5 community colleges within Jefferson County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is Virginia College-Birmingham (14.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 244 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
Jefferson State Community College(AL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty244 staff73 staff
Jefferson State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,516 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's 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
Jefferson State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio35:128:1
Jefferson State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,965 students1,004 students
Jefferson State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,551 students752 students
Jefferson State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Jefferson State Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Jefferson State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Jefferson State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Jefferson State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Jefferson State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Jefferson State Community College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Jefferson State Community College Non Resident (2009-2013)
Jefferson State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.450.56
Jefferson State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Jefferson State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,400$29,700
Jefferson State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Jefferson State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,710$8,152
Jefferson State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%94%
Jefferson State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,917$11,500
Jefferson State Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,002
Jefferson State Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,713 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.