Scottsdale Community College

9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

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Scottsdale Community College, located in Scottsdale Arizona, was established in 1969, moving to its permanent location in 1970. The school originally opened to almost one thousand students. The Scottsdale area has seen rapid development and population growth, reflected in the increase in enrollment over the years at SCC, which currently serves 25,000 students annually (17,000 credit students and 8,000 noncredit students). The student also enrolls over 1000 students from 100 different countries annually, taking pride in its diverse and multi-cultural population. The school's mascot is Artie the Artichoke, created during a period of unrest in the school's history, though lovingly adopted by athletes, faculty and students alike, having become a point of pride when its initial intention was embarrassment. The school maintains modern facilities and constantly reviews programs and equipment, ensuring that the school, campus and faculty meet the needs of current and future students.


As a two year community college, SCC offers students the opportunity to pursue transfer to four year institutions to continue their education or to complete a course of study in a technical or vocational field in order to seek employment as a professional upon completion.

Academic transfer programs fulfill the first two years of a four year education, allowing students to take lower division and general education courses at SCC followed by applying to transfer to a four year college or university to complete the remaining two years of their bachelor's degree. Students applying to public institutions in Arizona will find their transfer facilitated through agreements in place with between SCC, allowing students who meet certain academic conditions to be eligible for guaranteed transfer. Students wishing to apply out of state or to private institutions must meet the transfer criteria of those school or schools, and as such it is recommended one meets with a counselor to outline a curriculum that best does so.

Career and vocational training programs provide in depth education, training and skill development for individuals wishing to enter the work force in a high demand field as a professional. Students will take a mixture of practical and tradition classroom courses, applying techniques and skills learned in dissimulated real world setting to gain experience and better understand how certain technologies, methods, and systems work. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency and allows for the acquisition of an entry level position in one's field of stud.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

As an open enrollment institution, Scottsdale Community College will admit any student that meets or exceeds the minimal criterion for admission.  Any students wishing to enroll full or part must complete and submit the school's application for admission, as well provide all pertinent information regarding previous education (test scores, transcripts, high school diploma). It is also recommended that new students participate in orientation as well as meet with a counselor to discuss program choice and develop a curriculum best suited to one's schedule and needs. Students should submit all forms and documents, including financial aid forms, prior to registration, which takes place shortly prior to the start of each semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete and submit all required forms, the most prominent and important of which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be completed online and is used to determine a student's monetary needs and aid program eligibility. Once these factors are identified, students will be given a financial aid packet describing their awards and how to access any funds given. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year due to changing fiscal situations for families and students from one tax year to the next resulting in varying aid necessities. Students may also be chosen at random, as per new federal regulations, to provide additional financial information to be compared to the FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,400. 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

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
    • Out-of-State: $7,800-$9,360
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $84-$100 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $330-$390 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 Aid54%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships44%$4,055
Receiving Student Loans17%$3,572

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Scottsdale Community College may provide services including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Maricopa County and community colleges in Arizona in total.

 Scottsdale Community CollegeMaricopa CountyArizona
Graduation Rate15.1%14.2%14.1%
Transfer-out Rate40.0%35.6%27.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Scottsdale Community College.

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Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

  • Phone: (480) 423-6100

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (480) 423-6549

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