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Sinclair Community College (SCC) is two-year community college in Dayton, Ohio, offering the lowest tuition rate in the state. Sinclair has a range of academic programs that lead to an associate degree, a professional or vocational certificate, or transfer to a four-year institution. Sinclair had a good student-faculty ratio of 19 to one, which means that students get more individual attention at Sinclair than they might at a larger university.
Sinclair is one of only 20 colleges among 1,200 in the nation that is a board member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. Sinclair is also one of only 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges in the U.S. and Canada, named for our "outstanding record of achievement in learning-centered education."
Students have a range of flexible learning options at Sinclair, including distance or online learning, interactive learning, traditional daytime classes on campus, off-campus learning sites, and evening and weekend classes. Sinclair is the largest regional provider of online education, with more than 180 different online courses.
It is Sinclair's mission to provide affordable, high-quality education that includes a caring approach to teaching and learning to foster individual growth. Through Sinclair, students are empowered with knowledge and skills. According to Sinclair Community College's mission statement, student's success shall hinge on turning these values into action:
- Dedication to quality and excellence
- Reliance on anticipation, imagination, and innovation
- Commitment to responsible citizenship within our community
- Adherence to the Sinclair credo-"find the need and endeavor to meet it"
- Confidence in the courage, determination, and diversity of our students, employees, and supporters and belief in unlimited human potential.
David A. Sinclair founded Sinclair Community College in 1887 with a mission to "find the need and endeavor to meet it." When the school was founded, classes were offered through the YMCA.
Bookkeeping and mechanical drawing were taught to an all-male student body. By 1910, the curriculum was much broader and the "YMCA College" moved to a larger building. In 1929, the YMCA moved to an even larger building, to support its expanding curriculum that included the Dayton Law School and the Dayton Technical School.
The YMCA College was renamed "Sinclair College" in 1948 in honor of its founder, David A. Sinclair, the Secretary of Dayton YMCA from 1874 to 1902. By 1959, Sinclair College was still housed in the YMCA buildings, but was independently operated as an institution of higher learning under the jurisdiction of the State of Ohio. In 1966, Ohio crated the Montgomery County Community College District and Sinclair College officially became a community college.
The school acquired 20 acres of land in Dayton Ohio in the late 1960s, and by 1972 the original seven buildings on the new Sinclair Community College campus were completed and ready for operation.
The academic calendar for Sinclair Community College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer courses. Each semester has an A-term and a B-term.
Colleges and Schools
The academic units at Sinclair Community College are divided into Academic Divisions, which are:
- Business & Public Services
- Liberal Arts, Communication & Social Sciences
- Life & Health Sciences
- Science, Mathematics & Engineering
Students at Sinclair Community College can choose from more than 40 clubs and organizations on campus for involvement. Student organizations include honor societies and clubs that focus on arts, culture, and more. A unique student club at Sinclair is the Sinclair Disney Club, or Disney Theme Parks and Resorts College Program, which is an internship program with Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Sinclair students may interview with Disney to qualify for an internship at one of the theme parks for 4-6 months.
Student services at Sinclair include:
- Tartan Card - Student ID
- Academic Advising
- Career Services
- Campus Ministry
- Counseling Services
- Disability Services
- English as a Second Language
- Ombudsman/Student Advocate
- Arts & Culture
- Calendar of Events
- Campus Dining
- Clarion newspaper
- Physical Activity Center
- Student Leadership
- Tartan Intramural Athletics
The school colors for Sinclair Community College are red, black and white, which are colors of their tartan plaid. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Sinclair "Tartans" and the students celebrate "Tartan Pride." The school mascot is a lion dressed in a Scottish kilt in the traditional Tartan Plaid.
The Sinclair "Tartans" athletic teams compete in four intercollegiate sports. They compete in the Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCAA) and are participating members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).
In addition to its main campus in Dayton, Ohio, Sinclair Community College has several satellite learning centers in the area, which are:
- Huber Heights
- Preble County
- Courseview Campus Center
- Wright-Patterson AFB
- Online Learning Campus
The Learning Center at Miami Valley Research Park provides facilities, classes and resources to Dayton's technology community. Its mission is to develop the community's IT economy through classes, programs and partnerships.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,300. 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
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
- Out-of-State: $6,400-$7,723
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $99-$120 per unit
- Out-of-State: $280-$340 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||84%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||75%||$3,818|
|Receiving Student Loans||36%||$4,316|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Sinclair Community College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Child care
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.
|Sinclair Community College||Montgomery County||Ohio|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 2002)
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1973)
- Dietetic Technician Program
- Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1984)
- Music Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1998)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1972)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Ohio
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1990)
- Radiology Technician Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)
- Theatre Program
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation (since 2008)
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Sinclair Community College.
- Miami University - Middletown in Middletown, OH (18 miles away)
- Clark State Community College in Springfield, OH (23 miles away)
- Edison State Community College in Piqua, OH (28 miles away)
- Miami University - Hamilton in Hamilton, OH (33 miles away)
- University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College in Blue Ash, OH (38 miles away)