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Richland College

12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX

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About
Richland College, located in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1972 and is currently the largest community college in the Dallas Community College District. The campus is located on 155 acres of that was once the Jackson Farm, and has maintained a rural atmosphere, including a brook which runs through the campus.

RC is noted as being among the best community colleges in the United States, having received the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award from the White House, the only community college to have done so. The school serves approximately 24,000 students a year, 20,000 of which are full time students.

Richland College is dedicated to providing the best education possible to its students through a  qualified faculty and constant review of program offerings and facilities, updating them as necessary to ensure they meet modern standards.

Academics
Richland College offers a large number of programs to provide academic or career opportunities to students. These programs allow students to choose which program best suits their goals. Academic transfer programs complete the first two years of a four year education at low cost.

Students who complete such a program will apply to a four year institution to continue their education and earn their bachelor's degree. As colleges and universities have varying requirements for admission, students should meet with a counselor to outline a curriculum that best meets the requirements of their desired school or schools of transfer.

Career and technical programs prepare students for entry into the workforce through training and skill development. Such programs result in a an associate degree or certificate and take between one and two years to complete. Students enrolled in a career program will obtain practical experience alongside a traditional classroom education, and upon completion will be able to apply for an entry level position as a qualified professional.

Programs offered include:

Additionally, the school offers courses for professionals wishing to upgrade or add to their skill sets for use in the workplace. These courses may be taken without need for full enrollment at the school.

Admissions and Financial Aid
Richland College is an open enrollment institution, admitting all students who meet the minimum requirements for admission. Students should supply transcripts and standardized test scores in order to assist in financial aid procedure and course placement. Students are encouraged to apply online, though they may submit a physical copy of the application on campus.

Once enrolled, students are encouraged to participate in orientation and meet with an advisor to plan one's curriculum. Registration takes place shortly before the start of each semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work study programs. Students requiring financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility, and monetary awards.

Enrolled may be asked to provide additional financial documentation prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure that the information present on the SAR is true and accurate.  Financial aid must be applied for every year by each student.

Clubs and Organizations
Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many clubs and organizations sanctioned by Richland College. Such clubs and organizations focus on a variety of subjects from the academic, to social issues, to extracurricular activities.

Each club has its own meeting schedule and purpose, either participating or holding events, casually gathering, or working with the community for awareness or betterment. Students will find individuals with similar interests, often developing bonds that extend beyond the classroom, and sometimes well past graduation.

Clubs and organizations at Richland College include:

  • Arts Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Team
  • Kindness Club
  • Poetry Club

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,500. 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: $1,800-$2,100
    • Out-of-State: $5,200-$6,264
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $59-$71 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $170-$210 per credit 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 Aid59%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships57%$4,940
Receiving Student Loans7%$4,737

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Richland College may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

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 Richland College compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Dallas County and community colleges in Texas in total.

 Richland CollegeDallas CountyTexas
Graduation Rate8.4%7.9%16.5%
Transfer-out Rate30.3%28.2%20.8%
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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.

Get more information about the programs offered by Richland 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,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Security and Protective Services

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    nan%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    59%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    26:1

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $3,704