Reading Area Community College

  • Reading Area Community College, serving Berks County, is a publicly-supported, comprehensive community college which awards the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Applied Science and the Associate in General Studies degrees. Certificates and diplomas in employment fields are awarded as well.

School Highlights

Reading Area Community College serves 4,280 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 44%.

Top Rankings

Reading Area Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 298 teachers has grown by 132% over five years.
Reading Area Community College(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty298 staff56 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Reading Area Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Reading Area Community College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,280 students477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:112:1
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# Full-Time Students1,179 students331 students
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# Part-Time Students3,101 students146 students
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
37%
11%
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% Black
9%
15%
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% White
48%
56%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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Diversity Score0.620.64
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College Completion Rate
20%
56%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,300$34,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $8,520 is less than the state average of $10,168. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $12,030 is less than the state average of $14,356. The out-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$8,520$10,168
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Out-State Tuition Fees$12,030$14,356
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,050$13,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,450$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Reading Area Community College is an open enrollment, fully accredited two-year educational institution that awards associate degrees in career and transfer programs. Affordable tuition costs are maintained through sponsorship by the County of Berks and support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Over 5,000 students are currently enrolled in credit courses on campus and over 25,000 people in Berks County participate annually in various non-credit vocational and continuing education training courses. Reading Area Community College was founded on October 1, 1971, and sponsored for 20 years by the Reading School District. Classes were held for the first time on October 13, 1971, with an enrollment of 265 students. The college operated from several buildings throughout Reading during its early years until it acquired the Holiday Inn (the current Berks Hall building) in 1978. In 1996, the college completed a campus expansion plan that transformed it into an attractive city-based campus. In the fall of 2002, enrollment was at a record high of 3,800 credit students. Reading Area Community College is approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an institution of higher education, and is authorized to award the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Applied Science Degree, the Associate in General Studies Degree, and the Certificate of Specialization, as well as appropriate diplomas and certificates. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Philadelphia, has granted full accreditation to Reading Area Community College.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Reading Area Community College is Pace Institute (0.5 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,168 per year for in-state students and $14,356 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,415 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is The Workforce Institute's City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.