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 4,075 students (30% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 57%.

Top Rankings

South Mountain Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Arizona for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 57 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
South Mountain Community College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty57 staff140 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Mountain Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The South Mountain Community College diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,075 students5,342 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio71:134:1
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# Full-Time Students1,227 students1,285 students
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# Part-Time Students2,848 students4,057 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
4%
4%
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% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
54%
32%
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% Black
16%
6%
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% White
14%
43%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
5%
6%
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Diversity Score0.660.70
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College Completion Rate
23%
22%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,500$31,100
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,854 is more than the state average of $1,835. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,638 is more than the state average of $7,133. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,854$1,835
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,638$7,133
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%75%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,748$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$4,750
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Acceptance Rate100%100%
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Sports

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

Extracurriculars

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 Club
Source: 2019 (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 (4.0 miles away).
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