Mesa Community College, located in Mesa, Arizona, is the largest community college in the United States. With over 25,000 students, the school offers more than 200 educational options, from certificates in child and family development to liberal arts degrees so students can transfer to a four-year college.
Established in 1963, Mesa Community College was originally part of Phoenix College, one of the oldest community colleges in America. By 1965, it was given independent status and became their own school.
Considering how large the school is, it's no surprise that it's located in an urban setting. Mesa actually has almost 500,000 people living in the city and is only a short drive away from Phoenix. Even though the school is very large, it doesn't have any dorms for students to live on campus. Instead, they must either live at home or get an apartment. This shouldn't be a problem, though, considering how populated the area is.
Since the school is a community college, the entrance requirements are fairly easy compared to most schools. While students still have to go through the application process, anyone who graduates high school or gets a GED is accepted; however, students that want to enter nursing, fire academy, or mortuary science programs must have a 2.5 GPA and meet the school's general education requirement.
Most students come from the state of Arizona. Going to school part-time is a very popular option at this school, with more than half the students choosing to take less than 12 credit hours per semester.
Known as the Thunderbirds in the college sports world, Mesa Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and offers many sports for a community college. Sports for students to participate in include:
-Track and Field
The school also offers services that help students have the opportunity to go to college. They have an on-campus daycare for students that have young children, substance abuse counseling for those that have made bad decisions in the past but want to turn their life around, remedial instruction to help students that need extra help in certain areas, and career counseling so students can find a good job after they graduate.
Mesa community college might be the biggest community college in the United States, but they still care about the individuals that attend their school. Students can get the feel of a large campus and participate in activities without worrying about the cost of a four-year university.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 22821
Total institution enrollment: 22821
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
Male undergraduate population: 47%
Female undergraduate population: 53%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years