Located in Berks County near Reading Pennsylvania, Reading Area Community College provides higher learning that leads to either a two-year associate’s degree or a certificate. In some of the certificate curriculums, students are permitted to work online or learn a new occupational skill in as little as six weeks’ time.
By obtaining degree or certificate training at the college, students can embark on the following careers:
- Chef (culinary arts)
- Legal secretary
- Medical transcriptionist
- Website developer
- Computer specialist (computer technology)
- Communications specialist
- Medical lab technician
- Teacher’s Aide (early childhood education)
A transfer center at the college enables students to meet specific college requisites so they can eventually transfer to a four-year university. The college also sponsors career fairs as well as on-campus recruiting and career counseling. Students interested in obtaining employment have resources available to them that help them prepare resumes and develop their interview skills.
Scholarships are available for eligible candidates at the school, one of which includes the American Sign Language scholarship. The yearly tuition rate for out-of-state students is just over $9,600 while in-state students spend about $7,000 per year. Approximately 5,000 students are currently enrolled at the two-year college.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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: $3,700-$4,400
- Out-of-State: $11,000-$13,180
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $170-$210 per unit
- Out-of-State: $420-$500 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||92%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||92%||$4,096|
|Receiving Student Loans||53%||$5,064|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Reading Area Community College may offer services to students like:
- Online classes
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for RACC, versus those community colleges in Pennsylvania, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1996)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Pennsylvania
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1986)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Reading Area Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
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 Reading Area Community College.
- Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ (57 miles away)
- Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ (78 miles away)
- Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD (79 miles away)
- Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ (80 miles away)
- Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, MD (80 miles away)