Shelton State Community College

9500 Old Greensboro Rd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-8522
Tel: (205)391-2211
  • 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 4,978 students (46% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Shelton State Community College is the only community colleges within Tuscaloosa County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is Marion Military Institute (37.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 134 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
Shelton 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 Faculty134 staff73 staff
Shelton State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,978 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,978 students1,756 students
Shelton State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:128:1
Shelton State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,307 students1,004 students
Shelton State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,671 students752 students
Shelton State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Shelton State Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Shelton State Community College Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Shelton State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Shelton State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Shelton State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Shelton State Community College More (2010-2016)
% Unknown races
Shelton State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.520.56
Shelton State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Shelton State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,300$29,700
Shelton State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,960 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 $7,350 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,960$5,427
Shelton State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,350$8,152
Shelton State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid55%94%
Shelton State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$11,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$6,002
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

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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.