OCCC ranks high in headcount; low in tuition, fees
President Paul Sechrist recently told a class of students, “Oklahoma City Community College is one of the largest single campus community colleges in the nation.” Statistics show he’s right. OCCC is one of 992 public community colleges across the U.S.
According to communitycollegereview.com, OCCC’s student headcount averages around 14,000, with 36 percent enrolled as full-time students and 64 percent as part-time students. The national average is around 1,300 students, 45 percent of them full-time and 55 percent part-time.
OCCC’s student population has increased by 12 percent over the past five years, according to the site.
Business and Finance Vice President John Boyd said there can be a direct correlation between the size of the campus and the student headcount.
“We have 160 acres and a million square feet,” he said.
“We do have the largest single campus occupancy and, in terms of students, we’re one of the largest in the nation.
“Most campuses with the number of students that we have, have multiple campuses.”
It’s not the only way OCCC compares positively to other community colleges, Boyd said. He said OCCC is below the national average in terms of cost.
The average tuition at OCCC is $2,476.60 for 30 credit hours. Nationwide, most community colleges tuition rates average $6,000 for the same hours.
According to the Fiscal Year 2015 report, OCCC also offers the lowest tuition of all two-year colleges in the state — $118.50 per-credit-hour cheaper than Rose State College, the second lowest.
Tulsa Community College’s tuition is more than $2,600 for 30 credit hours, while OSU-OKC and Redlands Community College both average a little more than $3,000.
When it comes to fees, OCCC —at an average at $763.50 for 30 credit hours —ranks higher than Redlands Community College, Rose State and OSU-OKC. At $896 per 30 credit hours, only Tulsa Community College charges higher fees than OCCC.
However, the overall cost of OCCC is still cheaper when fees are added at $3,240. The other state community colleges start at $3,255 and go up to more than $3,500.
Boyd said, in addition to the low costs, part of what makes OCCC a better campus is the open environment.
“I think we promote diversity, [and] … we have a welcoming culture,” he said.
He said OCCC’s location also contributes to it being a better campus than some other community colleges.
“From where I sit, I think we have a modern campus with adequate parking, we have affordable price, we have a diverse campus environment, we have open admissions, we have a beautiful campus,” he said.
“That’s what makes Oklahoma City Community College better in some ways than most.”
For more information about OCCC’s national standings, visit www.communitycollegereview.com/school_ overview/1033.
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