Southern State Community College

  • The mission of Southern State Community College is to provide accessible, affordable and high quality education to the residents of its service area.
School Highlights
  • Southern State Community College serves 2,462 students (46% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is higher than the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 7% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 27%.
  • Southern State Community College is the only community colleges within Highland County, OH.
  • The nearest community college to Southern State Community College is Chatfield College (14.7 miles away).

Top Placements

Southern State Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Ohio for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 88 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southern State Community College(OH) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty88 staff35 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Southern State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southern State Community College diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,462 students734 students
Student:Teacher Ratio28:127:1
# Full-Time Students1,135 students450 students
# Part-Time Students1,327 students284 students
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.130.44
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,300$30,800

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,232 is less than the state average of $5,885. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,938 is less than the state average of $11,160. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,232$5,885
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,938$11,160
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%92%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$13,681$21,250
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$6,834
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southern State Community College is a state-assisted college that offers two-year degree programs for baccalaureate transfer and for technical and occupational preparation. It is the only such college serving a rural population though four separate campuses, as well as through outreach centers and efforts in the county where a permanent campus is not located. Located in beautiful southern Ohio, Southern State is a two-year community college that serves the diverse needs of its constituents. Established in 1975 as Southern State General and Technical College the primary academic focus was technical degrees. After changing to Southern State Community College in 1977 the curriculum expanded to meet the demands of students seeking specific career training as well as the needs of those students wishing to transfer after their first two-years of education. In addition to offering Associate degrees in both technical as well as transfer programs, the College offers a wide array of adult basic literacy courses and workforce training programs. Priding itself on offering affordable, accessible, and high quality education, Southern State continues to reach more and more people throughout southern Ohio and beyond. With four convenient locations throughout Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, and Fayette counties in Ohio, the College has become a pillar of quality in the community. The College has 27 Associate Degree programs and 5 Certificate Programs to serve the diverse goals of their students. Southern State is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Southern State Community College is Chatfield College (14.7 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Chatfield College
    Private, non-profit
    408 students | 14.70 Mi20918 State Route 251
    Fayetteville OH  45118
    (513) 875-3344
  • 3,246 students | 33.00 Mi4200 Clermont College Dr
    Batavia OH  45103
    (513) 732-5200
  • 2,308 students | 33.30 Mi101 University Drive
    Chillicothe OH  45601
    (740) 774-7200
  • Fortis College-Centerville
    Private, for profit
    1,645 students | 40.00 Mi555 E Alex Bell Rd
    Dayton OH  45459
    (937) 433-3410
  • 439 students | 40.30 Mi100 E Business Way Ste 200
    Cincinnati OH  45241
    (513) 475-3600
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Did You Know?
For Ohio public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,885 per year for in-state students and $11,160 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,841 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Ohio is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Ohio community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Ohio is Herzing University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.