South Mountain Community College

  • Every year, approximately 7,500 students enroll in credit-bearing courses at South Mountain Community College (SMCC). More than half of all students attend SMCC with the intent to transfer to accredited colleges and universities, with a growing number graduating with a degree or certificate at SMCC prior to transfer.
  • SMCC reflects the diversity of its service area, a rich mix of rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods. Many of our students arrive from Phoenix, Laveen, Tempe, Guadalupe and surrounding communities to attend classes, both at the main campus near 24th Street and Baseline Road, and our offsite facilities in Guadalupe and Laveen.
  • Our small, personalized classes are offered days, evenings and online, and are led by an engaged and accomplished faculty. Career and academic counseling are also available. One of the ten colleges within the Maricopa Community College District, SMCC is a federally-designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. SMCC is also a Strengths-Based Institution, helping you first determine your own personal strengths, and then strategies to maximize those strengths in your academic and career choices. Visit our Main Campus at 7050 S. 24th Street; our Guadalupe Center, 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Road, south of Guadalupe Road); or our Laveen Center, 7900 S. 43rd Avenue. We look forward to helping you reach your educational and career goals!
School Highlights
  • South Mountain Community College serves 4,287 students (31% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.
  • South Mountain Community College is one of 26 community colleges within Maricopa County, AZ.
  • The nearest community college to South Mountain Community College is Rio Salado College (4.1 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 57 teachers has declined by 54% over five years.
South Mountain Community College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty57 staff66 staff
South Mountain Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South Mountain Community College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The South Mountain Community College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,287 students6,476 students
South Mountain Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio75:139:1
South Mountain Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,336 students1,336 students
South Mountain Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,951 students5,140 students
South Mountain Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Mountain Community College Enrollment Breakdown AZ All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
South Mountain Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
South Mountain Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
South Mountain Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South Mountain Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
South Mountain Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South Mountain Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
South Mountain Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
South Mountain Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AZ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.740.65
South Mountain Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
South Mountain Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,500$31,400
South Mountain Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,854 is more than the state average of $1,830. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,638 is more than the state average of $7,111. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,854$1,830
South Mountain Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,638$7,111
South Mountain Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%81%
South Mountain Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$9,850$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,250$5,022
Acceptance Rate100%100%
South Mountain Community College Percent Admitted (2014-2016)


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Bilingual Student Nursing Association (BSNA), Black Student Union (BSU), Circle of Nations, Club Teach, Collegiate DECA (Business Club), International Friends Club, MEChA, Medical Scrub Club, Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society), Pre-Pharmacy Club, SHPE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Spirit Club, Spotlight Productions (Drama Club), Student Governance, Think South Mountain (TSM), Veterans Clu
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Our Vision
  • South Mountain Community College educates minds, transforms lives, touches hearts, and builds community.
  • Our Mission
  • South Mountain Community College provides quality higher education for our diverse community. We create a caring teaching and learning environment that fosters student development and supports productive citizenship in an increasingly global and technological society.
  • Our purpose is to meet these needs by offering:
  • General education courses
  • Transfer programsOccupational education and career development
  • Continuing education
  • Developmental studies and English as a second language
  • Cultural, civic, and social events
  • Academic support and student services
  • Our Values
  • We are inspired and guided by our core values:
  • COLLABORATION: We are inclusive in our relationships with colleagues, departments and community, and respectful of their ideas.
  • COMMUNITY: We serve our community by recognizing our inter-dependence, celebrating our history, honoring our diverse cultures, and building our future.
  • EXCELLENCE: We model exemplary teaching, learning, service and leadership through continuous improvement, creativity and innovation.
  • INTEGRITY: We are accountable to the communities we serve and are truthful, sincere, transparent and responsible for our actions.
  • WELLBEING: We are a college community that encourages and develops social, physical, career, community and financial wellbeing.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to South Mountain Community College is Rio Salado College (4.1 miles away).
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