Barton County Community College

245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, KS 67530

School Details

Local businessmen gathered for coffee each day at the Mayflower Café in Great Bend, Kansas, and that is where the idea for a community college surfaced. As support spread throughout the community and studies were completed, the Barton County Community College was established in 1965. The College exceeded expectations when over 1,000 students enrolled in the very first year - goals were initially set for 500 students. Since that first day, Barton County Community College has moved forward, now enrolling more than 13,000 students. 

The 160-acre Barton County campus houses nine structures, and a second campus is located at Fort Riley. Class sizes average between 12-15 students, and the average student age is nearly 30. Furthermore, students can also enroll in the distance learning program through Barton’s virtual campus. Barton County Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. In addition, the college retains membership with the American Association of Community Colleges and the Council of North Central Junior Colleges. Likewise, select programs also retain individual approval and recognition.

At Barton Community College, students can pursue Associate’s degrees and enroll in the college transfer program, or choose to complete career technical programs and earn certificates. Associate’s degrees at Barton Community College include the Associate in Applied Science, the Associate in Science, the Associate in General Studies, and the Associate in Arts degrees. Associate’s degrees require students to complete at least 64 college credit hours while maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA, and each degree program designates a set of required core classes. 

Certificates vary by career program, requiring from 16 to 59 credit hours for completion. Numerous options exist, and programs of study are organized into eighteen different divisions ranging from the Agriculture and Automotive Technology departments to Pre-Professional and Science and Math divisions. Students can pursue Associate’s degrees in Veterinary Medicine and the Nursing - Transfer program or choose to complete certificate programs, like the Dietary Manager and Computer Network Specialist programs. 

Barton Community College also supports additional learning programs, including the Center for Adult Education, a Workforce Training & Community Education division, and Military On-Site Training (MOST). In addition, students may complete general education courses for personal enrichment.

Tuition is based on residency. Tuition and fees for Kansas residents is $2,784 annually, and $3,776 for out-of-state students (Tuition is based on 16 credit hours per semester). In addition, a wide range of financial aid is available for eligible students. Barton Community College awards merit-based, departmental, activity, and foundation scholarships. Need-based aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, and Federal Stafford Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized. The College also provides need-based aid through the Barton Boost Scholarship and the Barton Incentive Scholarship. Furthermore, veterans and military personnel can receive credit for specialized training, along with a host of financial benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and other programs.

BARTON Line gives students the necessary flexibility to complete online degrees and coursework. Furthermore, accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission applies to the distance learning campus, as well. Asynchronous courses are formatted in 9-week and 17-week sessions. Tuition is $137 per credit hour, with the exception of MLTC courses. Students can choose from multiple Associate’s degree tracks that prepare students for transfer into four-year programs, including the:

  • Associate in Arts - emphasis on liberal arts and general education
  • Associate in Science - emphases on Business, Dietary / Pre-Dietetics, and Early Childhood
  • Associate in General Studies - includes a Military Studies emphasis
  • Associate in Applied Science - emphases in Business Management & Leadership, Business Technology, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Hazardous Materials Management, Medical Administrative Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Technical Accounting
Online certificates include, the Dietary Manager, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Hazardous Materials Management, Infant & Toddler Education, Medical Coding, Medical Transcription, and Preschool Education programs.

Barton Community College also participates in a second virtual campus, eduKan, a joint consortium with five other community colleges. Students have the opportunity to complete Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in General Studies degrees. The Associate in Science and Associate in General Studies programs equips students with an advanced standing in order to transfer into Regent’s institutions. Additionally, eduKan engages distance learners via the Pearson eCollege learning management system. Tuition is $130 per credit hour and some courses require an added $115 resource fee.




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    Public, 2-year
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    Associate's degree
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