• 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 3,497 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 55%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,497 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,854
  • Out-state tuition: $7,638
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 87%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

South Mountain Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 296 teachers has grown by 419% over five years.
South Mountain Community College
(AZ) 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
296 staff
296 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Mountain Community College has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 75:1 over five years.
The South Mountain Community College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,497 students
3,327 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
936 students
1,301 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,561 students
3,091 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
224 students
343 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
936 students
1,301 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
7 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,561 students
3,091 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
250 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
4%
3%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
54%
34%
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% Black
19%
6%
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% White
13%
45%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.65
0.67
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.94%
3.35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
3.28%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,500
$32,100
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,854 is more than the state average of $1,844. The in-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,638 is more than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,854
$1,844
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,638
$7,206
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
79%
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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 Rate
100%
100%
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Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports
Sports
Baseball, 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: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does South Mountain Community College cost?

South Mountain Community College's tuition is approximately $1,854 for In-State students and $7,638 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of South Mountain Community College?

The acceptance rate of South Mountain Community College is 100%, which is equal to the state average of 100%.

What sports does South Mountain Community College offer?

South Mountain Community College offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

What is South Mountain Community College's ranking?

South Mountain Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Arizona for: Least expensive tuition and Average community college minority breakdown.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,497 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,854
  • Out-state tuition: $7,638
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 87%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Maricopa County, AZ community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Maricopa County, AZ is Bryan University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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