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Santa Fe Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe Community College is a 2-year public school located in Santa Fe, the third largest city in New Mexico. The school was established in 1983. Its campus spans 366 acres in the heart of Santa Fe and houses fitness education, fine arts, early childhood development and instructional technology centers. The college has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1988.


Santa Fe Community College operates five schools: the School of Arts and Design, School of Business, School of Education and Professional Studies, School of Health and Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Core Studies and the School of Trades and Technology. Through these schools, in addition to certificate programs, the college offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree programs.

In 2011, the most popular field of study for both certificate and associate's degree program students were the health professions and related programs. At that same time, the second most popular field of study for both degree and certificate program students at that same time was education.


The college operates on an open admissions policy, allowing all individuals to register for credit and non-credit classes. However, age limitations may apply to particular classes. Applications may be submitted online or in-person. Individuals who have completed high school or passed the GED are asked to include official transcripts or a copy of the certificate with their applications.

During the fall 2011 semester, 65% of the college's student body attended classes on a part-time basis. At that same time, 62% of students were female and 90% from New Mexico.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the spring 2013 semester was $39.50 for in-district, $51.50 for in-state and $98 for out-of-state students per credit hour. Additional mandatory fees include a service, student government and lab/program/supply fees for particular classes.

The college offers scholarship and work-study opportunities to help students pay tuition costs. Scholarships applicants must be enrolled in at least six credit hours of classes, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have declared a major and have submitted a FAFSA.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificates*
Less than two year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 4,893 undergraduate students in the fall of 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs of Study Five schools offering more than 70 programs of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less than 1-year certificate: phlebotomy technician/phlebotomist (23)*
Less than 2-years certificate: elementary education and teaching (38)*
Associate's: registered nursing/registered nurse (66)*
Graduation Rates For students who began studies in Fall 2007:
5% within normal time*
11% within 150% of normal time*
19% within double normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 563 students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 59% of full-time and 33% of part-time students*
Tuition (spring 2013) $39.50 for in-district, $51.50 for in-state and $98 for out-of-state students per credit hour*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving It) In 2010:
Federal grants (66%)*
State and local grants (56%)*
Institutional scholarships (15%)*
Federal loans (22%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010: 89% of full-time beginning undergraduate students*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Santa Fe Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508
  • Phone: (505) 428-1270
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