Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College, also known as RACC, is a public community college located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The college was established on October 1, 1971 and classes began on October 13, 1971 with an enrollment of only 265 students. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The student body at RACC is diverse and it includes an impressive number of international students.

RACC's athletics department fields a wide variety of men's and women's sports teams which are nicknamed the Ravens. Front Street Journal is RACC's student run newspaper. The campus is also home to several student clubs and organizations.

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Reading Area Community College
10 S Second St
Reading , PA 19603-1706
General Phone: (610) 372-4721

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Reading Area Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine101registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Liberal Arts86liberal arts and sciences, general studies, anthropology, sociology
Business and Management71business management, accounting, accounting technology, accounting and management, small business management, banking, human resources, retail
Security and Law Enforcement22criminal justice and police
Therapy and Counseling21psychology, community psychology, substance abuse counseling
Family and Social Work18child care management, child care provider, human services, social work
Education and Teaching17education, instructional media design, special ed, special education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, business teaching, teacher aide ...
Construction Trades12power transmission
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, web design, computer networking, webmastering
Medical Administration8medical transcription, medical secretary
Cooking and Culinary Arts5restaurant and catering management, food prep and kitchen assistant
Mechanics and Repair5HVAC, industrial mechanics
Science5biology, physical sciences, chemistry
Science and Laboratory Technician4science tech
Medical Support and Technology4respiratory care tech, medical lab tech, pre-pharmacy
Media3media studies
Law2pre-law, legal secretary
Engineering Technician2electronics tech, environmental engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer systems tech
Transportation2commercial pilot and flight crew
Production Trades2machinist, machine shop assistant
Hospitality0tourism promotion
Office and Administration0administrative assistant, executive secretary, general office occupations

Number of programs and degrees for Reading Area Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree33961
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5621
Award of less than 1 academic year65

Reading Area Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Reading Area Community College had a total enrollment of 4,682 students (3,420 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 11%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 9%
18-19 23%
20-21 15%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Reading Area Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 37 %
Part-Time 58 %

Reading Area Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Reading Area Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,790
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,010
Books and supplies $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Reading Area Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1038800)

Reading Area Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1356

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*2*

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$65,67419$62,853
Associate professoracademic year2*5$51,078
Assistant professoracademic year2*7$49,718
Instructoracademic year3$50,39523$46,162
All faculty totalacademic year12$57,84654$52,951

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

Reading Area Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Business/Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management
Human Services, General
Social Work

Tourism Promotion Operations

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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Reading Area Community College Highlights

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What Sets Reading Area Community College Apart:

% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 9%Reading Area Community College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Female % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 13%Reading Area Community College Female % of student body
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Reading Area Community College % of degrees in business and management
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Reading Area Community College Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Reading Area Community College Number of degree programs

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 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

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