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Community College of Allegheny County: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn about its admission requirements, certificate and degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the Community College of Allegheny County

The Community College of Allegheny County has a main campus in Pittsburgh, PA, but also operates three satellite campuses and five educational centers located throughout Allegheny County. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In 2011, the school served over 20,000 students.


The Community College of Allegheny County offers associate's degrees, certificates and diplomas in six academic categories: Trades; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services; Health; Business; and Arts and Humanities. In total, the school offers more than 170 programs of study. Some of the school's programs are designed for students intending to transfer to a 4-year school.

In 2011, the most popular field of study for associate's degree-seeking students was the health professions. At that same time, the most popular less than two year certificate program field of study was the construction trades and most popular less than one year certificate program field of study the health professions.


The College has an open admissions policy and no application deadline. Prospective students can apply for admission at any point up to the beginning of the semester in which they wish to enroll. Applications can be submitted online or by mail and must include official high school or college transcripts.

Applicants are required to identify their intended field of study. However, a 'general study' option is available for those who are unsure of their major. For all students, placement testing and academic advising must be completed prior to enrollment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition for Allegheny County residents was $95.50 per credit. However, full-time students taking up to 18 credits were charged a flat rate of $1,432.50 per semester. Pennsylvania residents residing outside Allegheny County were charged $191 per credit, with a full-time flat rate for 18 credits of $2,865 per semester. Non-Pennsylvania residents were charged $286.50 per credit, with a full-time flat rate of $4,297.50 per semester for 18 credits.

In 2011, 67% of first-year, full-time undergraduates received some type of financial aid. The primary sources of aid that year were federal grants and federal student loans. Students can also receive institutional scholarships, the award of which may be based on merit, need or program of study.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificates*
Less than two year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 20,430 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs Over 170 programs available**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificate, less than 1 year: welding technology/welder (72)*
Certificate, 1 to less than 2 years: carpentry/carpenter (238)*
associate's: registered nursing/registered nurse (413)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For the class matriculating in 2008: 11%*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Undergraduate Application Deadline At any point up to the beginning of the semester for which they wish to enroll**
Entering Class Size 4,792 in 2011***
First Year Retention Rates 56% of full-time and 45% of part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition For 2012-2013:
Allegheny County residents: $95.50 per credit**
Residents of other Pennsylvania counties: $191 per credit**
Nonresidents: $286.50 per credit**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2011:
Federal grants (53%)*
Pell grants (53%)*
Other federal grants (14%)*
State/local government grants/scholarships (19%)*
Institutional scholarships (6%)*
Federal student loans (23%)*
Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid of Any Type 67% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Community College of Allegheny County; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information:

  • Address: 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Phone: 412.237.2511
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