Arapahoe Community College

Arapahoe Community College

Founded in 1965, Arapahoe Community College or ACC was the first community college to open in the Denver area. It enrolls around 20,000 credit and non-credit students annually. ACC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

ACC comprises two convenient campuses, the main Campus in Littleton and a Douglas County campus. The academic divisions of the college include Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health, Math, Business and Professional Services, Science and Engineering and Police Academy.

The institution has a Program Participation Agreement with the US Department of Education for eligible students to receive Pell Grants and other federal support.

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Contacting Arapahoe

Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton , CO 80160-9002
General Phone: (303) 797-4222

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Arapahoe Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine259EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nursing assistant
Liberal Arts196liberal arts and sciences, general studies, liberal arts and humanities
Engineering Technician121engineering technology, architectural engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Security and Law Enforcement90criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police
Medical Support and Technology61pharmacy tech, allied health and medical assisting, medical lab tech, phlebotomy
Design60interior design, graphic design
Medical Administration56medical office management, medical records tech
Law53legal assistant
Business and Management42business management, business administration, accounting technology, banking, human resources, sales and marketing
Funeral and Mortuary Science29funeral and mortuary
Mechanics and Repair23automobile mechanics
Family and Social Work21child development
Therapy and Counseling17physical therapist assistant
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science, computer networking, network management, computer support
Real Estate and Construction Management12real estate
Office and Administration11office management, administrative assistant
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5health and physical education
Construction Trades4carpentry, construction manager
Hospitality1travel services

Number of programs and degrees for Arapahoe in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year44022
Associate's degree50626
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12913

Arapahoe Student Body

In 2007-2008, Arapahoe had a total enrollment of 6,538 students (4,248 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 3%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 18%
20-21 13%
22-24 13%
25-29 14%
30-34 11%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 7%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Arapahoe Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 45 %
Part-Time 34 %

Arapahoe Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Littleton, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Arapahoe Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,227
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,151
Books and supplies $ 1,749

Financial Aid:
Arapahoe participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 134600)

Arapahoe Faculty

Arapahoe has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1419
Non-tenured and not on tenure track25

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year35$50,22266$49,524
All faculty totalacademic year35$50,22266$49,524

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Arapahoe Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Office Management/Administration

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant

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Arapahoe Highlights

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What Sets Arapahoe Apart:

% of degrees in engineering technician
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Top 9%Arapahoe % of degrees in engineering technician
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 10%Arapahoe Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of students
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Top 12%Arapahoe Number of students
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 14%Arapahoe % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Arapahoe % of degrees in medical administration
Number of degree programs
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Top 15%Arapahoe Number of degree programs
% students 40 years or older
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Top 15%Arapahoe % students 40 years or older
% of degrees in design
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Top 18%Arapahoe % of degrees in design
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Arapahoe % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of degrees in law
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%Arapahoe % of degrees in law

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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