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Community Colleges in Alabama

Community colleges in Alabama offer education opportunities that usually can be completed in two years or less. Community colleges will typically offer a number of options for students including transfer and direct entry opportunities. Transfer options are most often to a 4-year college or university to allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree after meeting all lower level course requirements. Direct entry opportunities can come in the form of technical degrees or certificate training as they are designed to provide students with the essentials of a job or trade through academic and hands-on experience while in school.

Advantages of Attending a Community College in Alabama

A community college will typically have lower tuition than four-year colleges offering students the ability to save money and work while earning degree. In addition to tuition savings, students have access to quality curriculum from reputable institutions to help prepare them for additional degree options along with additive access to career opportunities. Lastly, community colleges have a guaranteed acceptance philosophy allowing all who apply the opportunity to study and advance through the program of their choosing.

Where to Find Alabama Community Colleges

Alabama has a number of community college programs that spans throughout the entire state. The metro community colleges are clustered around Huntsville, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Outside the metro community colleges in Alabama, there are around twenty other schools throughout the state. Examples of community colleges not found in the metro areas include Reid State Technical College, Gadsden State Community College, James H Faulkner State Community College, and Central Alabama Community College. The community colleges in Alabama prepare students for additional degree opportunities or direct degree programs to enter the workforce in a variety of capacities.

Alabama Private School Majors and Online Degree Programs

Community colleges in Alabama provide students with the opportunity to pursue a variety of degrees and certificate programs that will generally be completed in less than two-years given full-time matriculation. Examples of degree programs you may find in community colleges in Alabama include accounting, welding, computer engineering, journalism, phlebotomy, sustainable studies, cosmetology, paralegal, digital arts, and dental hygiene. Visit the private schools below to learn more about each school and degree path that may be a great fit for you. In addition, you can quickly locate community colleges near you with our Community College Directory.  

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Metro Area Links for Community Colleges in Alabama

Community Colleges in Birmingham, Hoover

We have ranked the community colleges in the Birmingham and Hoover area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus in Birmingham, AL ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://www.lawsonstate.edu

Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus Highlights

  • Serving students from Birmingham and surrounding areas
  • 60% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $4,500 per year for state residents ($8,200 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Birmingham and Hoover

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
60%Lawson State Community College - Birmingham CampusBirmingham, AL3,000
36%Bevill State Community CollegeJasper, AL4,000
32%Jefferson State Community CollegeBirmingham, AL9,000

Community Colleges in Huntsville

We have ranked the community colleges in the Huntsville area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. J F Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, AL ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://www.drakestate.edu

J F Drake State Technical College Highlights

  • Serving students from Huntsville and surrounding areas
  • 30% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $4,500 per year for state residents ($8,100 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Huntsville

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
30%J F Drake State Technical CollegeHuntsville, AL1,000
29%John C Calhoun State Community CollegeTanner, AL10,000

Community Colleges in Montgomery

We have ranked the community colleges in the Montgomery area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, AL ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at http://www.trenholmstate.edu

Trenholm State Technical College Highlights

  • Serving students from Montgomery and surrounding areas
  • 41% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $4,300 per year for state residents ($7,900 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Montgomery

Rate Institution Name Location Enrollment
41%Trenholm State Technical CollegeMontgomery, AL1,000
36%J F Ingram State Technical CollegeDeatsville, AL-

Other Community Colleges in Alabama

The table below lists all the other community colleges in Alabama that do not belong to any large metropolitan or urban concentrated area. The table also displays the "Rate" column, which is the percent of students completing course work.

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Alabama in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.