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Delta College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Delta College

Delta College (DC) is a 2-year community college that was founded in 1961. It is located in University Center, Michigan, about 2 hours north of Detroit. Delta College is a member of the National League for Innovation in the Community College.

DC is also a part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment pact, which is just one of the actions the school has taken to promote sustainability. DC has collected about 1,500 tons of recyclable paper since 1991, and the school is currently working with transportation providers to create plans for carbon-emissions reduction.


Delta College offers over 150 programs culminating in certificates and associate's degrees. In 2010-2011, the most popular associate's degree program by far was the liberal arts and sciences; other popular associate's degree programs included general studies, business administration, criminal justice, chemical technology and accounting technology.

Through the Academic Career Experience program, students can gain paid work experience alongside their classroom learning. Opportunities are regularly available for students studying certain subjects, such as chemistry and engineering; placements may or may not be available for students of other subjects like accounting or criminal justice. The college provides service-learning opportunities through United Way Community Volunteer Centers in the area.


The Delta College application may be filled out online or may be picked up at the Admissions Office and filled out by hand. Delta College has an open admissions policy, and all students who apply are accepted. Students might be accepted on a conditional basis, meaning they must reapply every semester. Conditionally accepted students are typically visiting students who attend another university or college and students who are under 18 years of age. Incoming students need to submit ACT scores or take the COMPASS exam before advising and orientation sessions.

In fall 2011, 60% of Delta College students attended part-time and 54% were female. In fall 2010, 95% of incoming students came from the state of Michigan.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2012-2013 was $86 per credit for in-district students, $135 per credit for non-district residents and $200 per credit for non-residents of Michigan. All students must pay a $40 registration fee per semester. Technology, excess credit and online course fees may also be charged in some cases. The total estimated expenses for the 2011-2012 academic year were $11,362 for in-district students, $12,742 for in-state students and $14,542 for out-of-state students.

Delta College offers merit- and need-based scholarships through the Delta College Foundation. The school has specific deadlines for scholarships, so students interested in applying for the upcoming year can check the school's website for more information on how to apply. In 2010-2011, institutional scholarships or grants were received by 5% of incoming, full-time students, and the average award was $2,465.

School Type 2-year public**
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees and certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 10,791 students in fall 2012*
Student Housing No on-campus housing available**
Programs 150 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less than 1 year certificate: Accounting technology (54)
1-2 year certificate: Liberal arts and sciences (536)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (506)
2-4 year certificate: Registered nursing (114)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2008:
8% graduated within the normal time for their program
15% graduated in 150% of the normal time for their program**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 7,494 students in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates For students who began in fall 2010 and returned in fall 2011: 76% of full-time and 58% of part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling*
Tuition (2012-2013) $86 per credit for in-district students, $135 per credit for out-of-district state residents, $200 per credit for out-of-state/international students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For incoming, full-time students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (51%), state/local scholarships or grants (14%), institutional scholarships or grants (5%) and federal student loans (17%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 71% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Delta College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Delta College, 1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710
  • Phone: (989) 686-9093
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