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Scottsdale Community College

Research the Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona. Learn about its admission info, associate's degrees and certificate programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is a 2-year public school offering a range of certificate and associate's degree opportunities to its students. The college was established in 1970 as 1 of 10 schools in the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. The campus is located just off Pima Freeway, about 10 minutes from downtown Scottsdale. SCC has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


SCC is divided into 9 academic departments and offers more than 150 programs of study leading to degrees or certificates. The majority of associate's degrees earned in 2011 were in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities programs (396 degrees awarded). SCC also features the American Indian Program, which is designed to enhance the learning of American Indians. Students also have access to a number of support services, including the Math Science Center, Writing Center and Student TechCenter.

In addition to traditional courses, SCC offers online, hybrid and accelerated courses over an 8-week time frame. The student-to-faculty ratio is 1 to 20. Within the academic faculty, 71% have a master's degree and 31% possess a doctoral degree.


SCC maintains an open admissions policy, allowing enrollment at the college to high school graduates (or holders of a GED) who are at least 18 years old. Students under 18 years of age can also attend with the permission of their high school, parents and SCC. Once a future student has created an account for the school's student intranet system (, an application can be submitted online. In-person applications are accepted at the college as well. Other mandatory steps preceding registration for classes include the completion of placement exams and attendance at a 'College Kickoff' event hosted by Scottsdale Community College's academic advisement center. Optional tasks prior to registration include the submission of any applicable transcripts, applications for financial aid and attendance at a new student orientation.

Of students enrolled in the fall 2011 semester, 68% attended classes on a part-time basis and 52% were female. The majority of students registered in 2011 identified themselves as Caucasian (66%), while 63% were 24 years of age or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In fall 2012, Maricopa county residents were charged $76 per credit, while out-of-county residents and non-residents paid $317 per credit. Students claiming residence in Arizona are required to show a form of identification from a list of 12 options to prove lawful presence in the United States. A payment program is available, which costs a $20 fee for each semester a student uses it. Students can use an automatic bank withdrawal or a credit card to make the payments.

Students who submit their financial aid paperwork for the spring semester by November 1 will be notified of their financial aid rewards by the end of December. Various scholarship opportunities are available to SCC students through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 11,548 undergraduates in fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs of Study More than 150 certificate and degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (355)
Certificate: Art/Art Studies, General (412), Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (82)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began studies in Fall 2007:
8% within normal time
17% within 150% of normal time
20% within double the normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy**
Entering Class Size Fall 2010: 3,677 students*
First-Year Retention Rates From 2010-2011: 58% for full-time students and 34% for part-time students*
SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students Not required per open admission policy**
Application Due Date New students are encouraged to apply between January & March; rolling admissions**
Tuition (2011-2012) $15,474 for in-state students, $21,258 for out-of-state students (includes all estimated expenses for the year)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) For first-year, full-time students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (32%), institutional grants/scholarships (26%), federal loans (16%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid For first-year students in 2010-2011: 54%*

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2626
  • Phone: Admissions (480) 423-6000
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