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Delgado Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the associate's degree and certificate programs offered at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Delgado Community College

Delgado Community College is the largest 2-year institution in Louisiana. Established in 1921, this public school is also the state's oldest. Classes are offered at 9 sites throughout the region, including the school's original campus on City Park Avenue in New Orleans. This location is currently recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Only 8 of 25 buildings are functional at this time; no date has been given as to when the campus might be fully re-opened.


Students looking to earn an associate's degree at Delgado Community College have 35 programs from which to choose; 73 areas of study are available to individuals interested in certificates, diplomas and technical competency programs.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, allied health science programs were among the school's most popular. Delgado Community College also awarded several general studies and business associate's degrees as well as diplomas and certificates in automotive mechanics and the culinary arts. Additionally, the school offers more than 100 courses to continuing education students. Online classes are also available.

There are currently 7 academic divisions at the college: Allied Health; Communication, Science and Mathematics; Arts and Humanities; Business and Technology; the Charity School of Nursing; and the Technical Division.


Delgado Community College admits students with a high school diploma or GED. Individuals without either credential can enroll in the adult education program to earn their GED or take an assessment exam and test into the college.

Applications can be completed online. Students must also submit all applicable transcripts to the admissions office. Placement testing is required for all new students unless they're able to provide current ACT scores of at least 18 in math and English and 17 in reading. They must complete a freshmen orientation as well.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2012, tuition for in-state students was $98.80 per credit hour; out-of-state students paid $238.60 per credit hour. Online classes cost $122 per credit hour regardless of residency status. Payment plans are available to students who would like to divide tuition costs into 6 monthly installments. Participation in the plan carries a $30 fee.

Only students enrolled in degree or certificate programs are eligible for financial aid. Once the FAFSA becomes available January 1st, students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. The deadline is May 1st for the Fall semester. Applications for the Spring semester must be submitted by October 1st.

Scholarship opportunities are available through the Delgado Honors Program, which awards full tuition to students with high ACT scores and GPAs. The TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) scholarship is also based on student ACT scores and is awarded to Louisiana residents.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Certificates, diplomas, technical competency programs and associate's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 20,436 undergraduates in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs 7 divisions offering more than 100 technical competency, certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Program Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
<1-year Certificate: Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) (338)
1- to <2-year Certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (48)
2- to <4-year Certificate: Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician (12)
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (308)*
Graduation Rate 3% overall (20% transfer-out rate)*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 3,762 students in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011: 54% for full-time students and 40% for part-time students*
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) $3,330 for in-state students and $6,858 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For beginning undergraduate students in 2011: Federal grants (74%), state and local government grants or scholarships (58%), institutional grants or scholarships (3%), federal student loans (42%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid For 2010-2011: 84%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Delgado Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
  • Phone: (504) 671-5000
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