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Richland College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at Richland College in Dallas, TX. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Richland College

Richland College, situated in Dallas, TX, was founded in 1972 as one of seven schools within the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). As of 2012, the college serves roughly 20,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 continuing education students each year. Richland's 243-acre campus is located near the cities of Richardson and Garland, TX.


Richland offers Associate in Applied Sciences, Associate in Arts, Associate in Sciences, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees. Courses are available through 5 academic colleges and fields of study range from business and music to computer science and mass communications. Certificate programs and proficiency awards are offered in a number of areas such as computer training, retirement planning, and marketing.

The school, in conjunction with other DCCCD schools, offers students a range of study abroad and international learning options that can take students to places like Austria, China, Spain, and Russia. Special learning options are also available that include weekend and evening college, distance learning, and teacher certification.


First-time students seeking admission to Richland College should generally be over 18 years of age. Application requirements include a high school diploma or GED, transcripts (high school and any college coursework), standardized test scores and education assessment scores. Applications may be completed online, and because Richland College is part of DCCCD, only one application is required for admission to all 7 schools within the district. Two business days are needed to process online applications.

As of Fall 2011, 62% of all undergraduate students who began their studies at Richland were 24 years of age or younger, 56% were female, and 73% were enrolled part-time. That same year, the four largest ethnic/racial groups at Richland were Caucasian (31%), Hispanic/Latino (25%), African-American (23%), and Asian (15%). Richland students are an internationally and ethnically diverse group, speaking over 79 first languages among them.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of the 2012-2013 school year, tuition at Richland College started at $52 per unit for Dallas County residents and $97 per unit for Texas residents living outside the county. The tuition for those living outside Texas or the country was $153 per unit during the same period. Evidence of Texas residency is needed for students seeking the in-state tuition rate. Books and supplies were estimated to cost just around $1,400 per academic school year in 2011-2012.

Financial aid options available at Richland include grants, scholarships, and loans. Students may also participate in a Federal Work-Study program that's awarded based on financial need. Federal work-study jobs may include placement on or off campus and allows students to work up to 19 hours per week. The average grant or scholarship aid awarded to first-time undergraduates during the 2010-2011 school year was $5,532, while the average student loan was $6,077 during the same period.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered 1 but less than 2-year certificate programs, associate's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 20,000 undergraduates in 2011**
Student Housing Not available**
Schools and Programs 5 colleges; approximately 100 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 28 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
1 but less than 2-year Certificate: Accounting (63)
Associate's: General studies (925)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2007:
3% within normal time for program completion
9% within 150% of normal time for program completion
15% within twice as long for program completion**
Admission Rate Open admissions policy**
Entering Class Size 2,498 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 65% (full-time students) and 53% (part-time students)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students ACT composite: 23 in 2012; SAT critical reading and math combined: 1070 in 2012*
Undergraduate Application Due Date 2 business days prior to class start*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition for 2011-2012 was $52 per unit for in-county residents; $97 per unit for out-of-district residents; $153 per unit for out-of-state and out-of country residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Freshmen Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (44%), state/local grant aid (9%), institutional grant aid (9%), federal loans (7%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 51% of first-time freshmen in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Richland College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Richland College, Thunderduck Hall, T-170, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243
  • Phone: (972) 238-6100
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