Cuyahoga Community College District

700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH

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Cuyahoga Community College District, known as "Tri-C," is a two-year community college in Ohio.  Tri-C is ranked 45th in the United States in conferring associate's degrees. It offers associate's degrees in numerous programs of study, and more than 140 career and vocational training certificates through its "Corporate College" program.

Tri-C has campuses throughout Ohio offering 130 courses, and more than 700 distance learning (online) courses are also offered.  Tri-C partners with many four-year colleges and universities so that students can transfer their credits directly to another institution.  Tri-C partners with several online colleges as well, so that online credits or an online degree earned from Tri-C is transferable to degree programs at other online institutions of higher learning.

Tri-C also accepts credits that have been earned at other institutions, and its "Agency to College Pathways" program helps students determine which credits they may apply towards a Tri-C associate's degree, professional certificate or other study program.  Tri-C is also helpful in guiding students who are returning to school after military service.


Cuyahoga Community College was founded in 1963 as Ohio's first community college.  It is still the oldest and largest public community college in Ohio.


Cuyahoga Community College's academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

Since Tri-C is a two-year community college it is not divided into colleges and schools, but has many different departments and programs of study in a variety of disciplines.

Student Life

Many student support services are offered at the Tri-C, including personal counseling, tutoring, more than 30 special interest groups, an honors program, a Technology Learning Center, Veteran's Services, and more.  The Office of Student Life, Athletics & Recreation is a good resource for students looking for the right activity or group to get involved in.  Academic counselors are available to help guide students through the process of transferring their Tri-C credits to a four-year college.


Tri-C "Challengers" teams compete in seven intercollegiate sports, and Tri-C is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

The following sports are offered at Tri-C:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country & Track
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Tri-C students may study online or at one of several Tri-C campuses in the Ohio area. All Tri-C campuses have excellent amenities that include libraries, computer centers, cultural centers, and athletic fields.

The Tri-C campuses and locations include:

  • Brunswick University Center
  • Corporate College East
  • Corporate College West
  • Eastern Campus
  • District Administrative Offices
  • Hospitality Management Center at Public Square, Cleveland
  • Metropolitan Campus
  • Unified Technologies Center
  • Western Campus
  • Westshore Campus

Community Life

In addition to its college curricula, Tri-C offers GED courses, youth classes and youth summer camps that are open to the community.

The Tri-C JazzFest, a musical festival in Cleveland, Ohio that features top jazz artists, offers concerts at various Tri-C locations and throughout the community.  It is open to the public and runs from late April through early May.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $3,100-$3,800
    • Out-of-State: $7,500-$8,962
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $110-$130 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $250-$300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid71%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships68%$5,243
Receiving Student Loans22%$2,344

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Cuyahoga Community College District may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Ohio, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Cuyahoga Community College DistrictCuyahoga CountyOhio
Graduation Rate4.4%-18.2%
Transfer-out Rate22.2%-21.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Cuyahoga Community College District

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1966)
  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1975)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)

Campus: Cuyahoga Community College - Metropolitan Campus

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1971)

Campus: Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus

  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1989)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

  • Phone: (216) 987-4000

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (216) 987-4000

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