• Shelton State is a diverse institution. In addition to general education and technical/occupational programs, we have two divisions that are unique to the Alabama College System. Through the Alabama State Fire College and the Alabama Water Resources Center , Shelton State offers instruction to professionals in important public service positions throughout the state. In addition, the C. A. Fredd Campus of Shelton State , designated as an Historically Black College and University, plays a special role in extending the operations and activities of Shelton State to West Alabama 's culturally diverse population.

School Highlights

Shelton State Community College serves 3,743 students (43% 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 40% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,743 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,960
  • Out-state tuition: $7,350
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 40%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 337 teachers has grown by 151% over five years.
Shelton 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
337 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Shelton State Community College has declined by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
The Shelton State Community College diversity score of 0.55 is equal to the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,743 students
1,546 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,603 students
755 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,140 students
919 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Shelton State Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
328 students
343 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,603 students
755 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
6 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,140 students
998 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
24 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
n/a
4%
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% Black
30%
24%
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% White
60%
62%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in AL.
Diversity Score
0.55
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
4.09%
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)
$28,300
$29,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,960 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,350 is more than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,960
$4,077
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,350
$7,206
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Shelton State Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of AL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
70%
93%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Shelton State Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in AL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
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

  • Shelton State Community College is part of a state system of public colleges. This system originated in the Alabama Trade School and Junior College Authority Act enacted by the state legislature in May 1963. Shelton State Community College awards the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, the Associate in Applied Science Degree. The College also offers two types of certificate programs, certificate programs that are 30-60 semester hours in length and certificate programs that are 9-26 semester hours in length. The Associate in Applied Science Degree and the Certificate programs are designed for students who plan to seek employment based upon the competencies and skills attained through those programs of study. These degrees and certificates are included on the official Academic Inventory of Shelton State Community College maintained by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. The primary purpose of student financial assistance programs at Shelton State Community College is to assist students with meeting the cost of their education. Shelton State has an athletic department that has received state, regional and national recognition. Shelton fields five athletic teams; baseball, softball, women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball. The Shelton State Lifelong Learning Center is a nonprofit, self-supporting academic program designed for seniors, offers short courses in a variety of areas in a safe environment and at a low cost. The Shelton State Community College Adult Education Program has the vision of assisting adults in learning and developing skills for employment and self-sufficiency. An educated, employed workforce improves the social and economic conditions of any community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Shelton State Community College cost?

Shelton State Community College's tuition is approximately $3,960 for In-State students and $7,350 for Out-State students.

What is Shelton State Community College's ranking?

Shelton State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Alabama for: Diversity in US community colleges and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,743 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,960
  • Out-state tuition: $7,350
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 40%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

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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