When students graduated from Iola High School in Iola, Kansas, in the first half of the twentieth century, they did not commute to the nearby junior college located just up the road. Rather, they climbed the steps to the third floor of the high school where the Iola Junior College, founded in 1923, provided students with higher education. Then in 1965, the Board of Education won the right to establish the Allen County Community Junior College. The campus was constructed just north of Iola and opened by 1970. Growth continued with the additional purchase of a nearby farm to support agricultural programs, and the college expanded facilities on campus, including the addition of the Technology Building and Activities Building. The college also shortened its name to Allen County Community College. In 1991, the college opened a second Burlingame campus.
Today, Allen County Community College supports online learning and community sites, in addition to its two traditional campuses. The college enrolls about 2,500 students and maintains a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Furthermore, Allen County Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association and the Kansas Board of Regents.
Students at Allen County Community College can enroll in Associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and programs which lead to licensing or certification. Associate’s degrees include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and an Associate of General Studies. More than 35 degree programs are offered ranging from fields of study in Early Childhood Education and Production Media to Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
Furthermore, Allen County Community College facilitates transfer into a four-year program through Kansas Seamless Transfer Courses, in partnership with the Regent System. Students can also pursue numerous certificate program options, such as the Livestock Marketing and Management and Computer & Network Support Technician programs. Prospective students generally need to submit a high school transcript or GED equivalent, official transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores.
Allen Community College also retains accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission for the online campus. Students have the opportunity to pursue all Associate’s degrees online, along with certificate programs. The most popular online degrees include Allied Health, Addictions Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Early Childhood Education. Students participate in asynchronous courses, that follow schedules much like that of on-campus counterparts. Online programs are supported with student services, including the Library and Writing Center, and 24/7 technical support.
Tuition is based on residency.
- Kansas residents, $50 per credit hour
- Non-Kansas residents, $50 per credit hour
- International students, $137 per credit hour
Allen County Community College supports financial aid programs for eligible students, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Federal aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Veteran’s educational assistance is also available, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Dependents Educational Assistance, in addition to VRAP and VA Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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