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Saint Louis Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Saint Louis Community College

Established in 1962, Saint Louis Community College (SLCC) is a 2-year public institution consisting of four campuses spread throughout the St. Louis area. These include a Florissant Valley campus that features Missouri's first 2-year biotechnology program and a Wildwood location that's the only community college campus in the Midwest to receive LEED Gold recognition. Additionally, SLCC operates four education centers, and each campus has various student organizations and athletic activities.


SLCC offers degree and certificate programs in areas ranging from horticultural operations and the liberal arts to nursing and funeral services. Special programs in chemical technology and deaf communications are also available, as is an Associate of Arts in Teaching program that prepares students for transfer to a 4-year university.

Other opportunities at SLCC include an aircraft assembly program, made possible through a partnership with Boeing and the school's Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing. Additionally, SLCC's information technology center is designated as a certified Cisco academy and Microsoft IT academy and offers courses that can prepare students for various certifications.

Students can also participate in workshops through the Digital Arts and Technology Alliance or pursue biotechnology, chemistry and horticulture programs at the Center for Plant and Life Sciences. SLCC houses performing arts and hospitality centers as well.

Options available to nontraditional students include an accelerated learning program that allows them to earn an Associate in Arts in General Transfer Studies by attending class one night each week. The Gateway to College program gives students age 16-20 a chance to earn a high school diploma and transferable credit towards an associate's degree or certificate program.


SLCC has an open admissions policy. The school admits incoming students who submit high school or GED transcripts as well as transcripts from any previous colleges attended. Placement testing is also required unless students meet minimum ACT or SAT score requirements or have completed writing, reading and math courses at a previous college. Some programs have additional requirements, and incoming students might also need to meet with an advisor, complete interviews and physical examinations or fulfill other admissions criteria.

Students can submit an application online, in person or by mail. Admissions materials are accepted year-round, though some programs require a fall or summer start. Of the 29,200 undergraduates attending SLCC in 2011, 57% were part-time students and 61% were female.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In 2012, the cost of tuition at SLCC was $93 per credit for district residents, which includes students from St. Louis, St. Louis County and parts of Franklin and Jefferson counties. Missouri students who resided outside of the district paid $139 per credit. Out-of-state residents paid $189 per credit, and international students paid $199 per credit. These figures included technology and activity fees. Additional fees may be assessed for specific courses.

SLCC offers interest-free payment plans for an initial enrollment fee of $21 per semester. Additionally, full-time students who earned a high school diploma from a Missouri A+ designated high school might be eligible for tuition reimbursement, which covers the cost of 12 units per semester at the in-state rate.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 29,200 students in 2011, all undergraduate**
Student Housing None**
Programs More than 100 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Child care provider/assistant (27)
Between 1- and 2-year certificate: Child care provider/assistant (48)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (1,075)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 3% within normal time
12% within 150% of normal time
16% within 200% of normal time**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 5,074 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 56% of full-time and 35% of part-time students**
Application Due Date Applications for the fall term are accepted beginning September 1; rolling admissions*
Tuition (2012 - includes technology and activity fees) District residents: $93 per credit
Missouri residents living outside of the district: $139 per credit
Non-residents: $189 per credit
International students: $199 per credit*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (62%), state and local grants/scholarships (20%), institutional scholarship (4%), federal student loans (4%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011**

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: Saint Louis Community College, 3400 Pershall Road, 1st Floor Admin Building, St. Louis, MO, 63135
  • Phone: (314) 513-4244
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