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Washtenaw Community College

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About Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is a 2-year, public school located in southeastern Michigan. The school first began accepting students in 1966, and moved to its current 285-acre campus in Ann Arbor in 1970. WCC has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973. Additionally, several of the school's specialized programs, such as its dental assisting, physical therapy, radiologic technology and nursing programs, are accredited by program-specific accrediting agencies.


Academics at Washtenaw Community College are organized into 14 program areas: advanced manufacturing systems, apprenticeship studies, automotive and motorcycle technology, transfer and university parallel programs, professional communication, business and entrepreneurial studies, child care professionals, information technology, music and performing arts, nursing and health sciences, culinary arts and hospitality management, criminal justice and law enforcement, construction technology and digital media arts. Through these divisions, the school offers approximately 100 college-credit programs and 1,000 college-credit classes each year.

During the 2010-2011 school year, 1,036 students earned certificates or degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities. At that same time, 1,033 students earned certificates or degrees in fields related to the health professions.

The college's library features 14 computer classrooms and an office dedicated to graphic design, photography, digital film, and social science programs. It also houses an open area featuring 168 computers for student use.

In 2011, the school boasted of an average class size of 22 students. At that same time, it had a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.


Washtenaw Community College has an open admissions policy that allows any individual over the age of 18 to enroll in classes it offers. Applicants under the age of 18 must have earned a high school diploma, GED certificate or be currently attending high school.

Applications can be submitted online. The admissions process includes online and in-person orientations. Students who have taken the SAT or ACT are asked to provide their scores; all other students must complete the COMPASS placement exam before registering for classes. The school states that it typically responds to applications within two days of receipt of all application materials.

In the fall 2011, 66% of the students attending WCC did so on a part-time basis. At that same time, 52% of the student body was female, 64% Caucasian and 57% age 24 or younger. Of the total student population, 98% were from Michigan.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the fall 2012 semester, tuition was $288 for in-district, $447 for out-of-state and $582 for international students per 3-credit hour course. At that same time, a 3-credit hour, distance learning (online) class cost $297.

The school allows students to pay tuition through a payment plan. Under this payment plan, which costs $25 dollars to participate in, payments are made on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.

On average, the WCC Foundation annually provides more than $500,000 in scholarships to qualifying students. All potential scholarship recipients must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificates*
Less than two year certificates*
Less than four year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 12,932 undergraduates in fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs of Study 14 'career areas' offering around 100 programs and 1,000 classes per year**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's degree: liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (242)*
Less than two year certificate: automobile/automotive mechanics technology/technician (39)*
Less than one year certificate: nursing assistant/aide and patient care assistant/aide (768)*
Graduation Rates Six percent within normal program completion time*
15% within 150% normal program completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 1,840 students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 61% of full-time students*
50% of part-time students*
Average ACT or SAT Scores of Admitted Students Information unavailable*
Application Due Date Rolling admission**
School encourages applying at least several weeks before the start of the term in which enrollment is sought**
Decision Notification Date Typically within two business days of receipt of all application materials**
Tuition Tuition and fees for 2011-2012:
$2,208 for in-district students*
$3,432 for in-state students*
$4,464 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving It) In 2010:
Federal grants (56%)*
State and local grants (6%)*
Institutional scholarships (7%)*
Federal loans (38%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010:
Grants or scholarships (41%)*
Federal loans (30%)*
Pell grants (38%)*

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Phone: (734) 973-3543
  • Website: www.wccnet.edu

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