Des Moines Area Community College: Narrative Description

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2006 South Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50021-8995
Tel: (515)964-6200
Admissions: (515)964-6216
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Iowa Area Community Colleges System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees (profile also includes information from the Boone, Carroll, Des Moines, and Newton campuses). Founded 1966. Setting: 362-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2860 per student. Total enrollment: 13,719. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 50:1. Full-time: 6,002 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 7,717 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 53 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 30% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study at Drake University, Grand View College, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, University of Northern Iowa.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: ACT COMPASS required; ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2910 full-time, $97 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5820 full-time, $194 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Agri-Business Club, Horticulture Club, Hospitality Arts Club, Iowa Delta Epsilon Chi, Dental Hygienist Club. Major annual events: Orientation, Drive Into DMACC Days. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. DMACC District Library plus 4 others with 62,986 books, 3,784 serials, 7,224 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $935,000. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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