Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, IA
Des Moines Area Community College

Brief Description

As the largest two-year institution in the state of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College is a public junior college based in the suburb of Ankeny with satellite locations at the Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban, West Des Moines, Perry VanKirk, Southridge, Knoxville, and Ames Hunziker campuses. Serving a 6,560 square mile area covering the entirety of 22 counties throughout the central region of Iowa, DMACC provides career-oriented education to more than 75,000 credit and non-credit students annually. According to the college's mission statement, DMACC provides quality, affordable, student-centered training to empower Iowans of all ages and backgrounds to pursue life's opportunities and achieve their professional dreams.

Established in 1966 by a nine member Board of Directors, DMACC was designated to serve Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story, and Warren counties. With a shining reputation as one of the finest academic institutions in America today, Des Moines Area Community College has been named as one of the top "Military-Friendly Colleges" for providing educational opportunities to military veterans and their families in the nation by GI Jobs magazine. Also a recipient of the Great Des Moines Partnership Diversity Award, DMACC is honored as one of the "top workplaces" by the Des Moines Register.

Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), DMACC offers 153 associates degree, certificate, and transfer degree programs in a wide range of special academic interests. Among the most popular programs are in accounting, agriculture, architecture, automotive technology, biological science, business, graphic design, health science, human services, information technology, and manufacturing. As the first 20-credit honors program at an Iowa community college, the DMACC Honors Program is designed for degree-seeking students to expand their knowledge to continue studies at a four-year college.

Since Des Moines Area Community College understands how crucial it is for students to get involved on-campus, each campus has their own newspapers, student advisory council, intramural sports, and student clubs. Located on the Boone campus, the DMACC Bears compete in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and the NJCAA with varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, softball, volleyball, and a dance team. Some of the most notable former Bears include billionaire Dennis Albaugh, Attorney General Bonnie Campbell, and the co-owner of Gateway Market George Formaro.

Request Admissions Information

At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 10998

Total institution enrollment: 10998

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.

Campus Location

Main Address

Des Moines Area Community College
2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023


(515) 964-6241


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 43%

Female undergraduate population: 57%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's

Accounting And Finance
Accounting Technician
Agricultural Supplies Retailing And Wholesale
Apparel And Accessories Marketing Operations
Architectural Drafting
Auto / Automotive Body Repairer
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biomedical Engineering Related Technology
Blood Bank Technology / Technician
Business Administration And Management
Business Computer Programming / Programm
Business Information And Data Processing
Business Systems Analysis And Design
Child Care Provider / Assistant
Communication Systems Installer And Repair
Community Organization Resources And Services
Corrections / Correctional Administration
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Design And Applied Arts Other
Diesel Engine Mechanic And Repairer
Drafting General
Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineer
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
General Marketing Operations
General Office / Clerical And Typing Services
General Retailing Operations
Graphic And Printing Equipment Operator
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health System / Health Services Administration
Heating And Refrigeration
Information Processing / Data Entry Technician
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Medical Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician
Nursery Operations And Management
Nursing Rn Training
Office Supervision And Management
Optometric / Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Practical Nurse L P N Training
Quality Control Technology / Technician
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Tool And Die Maker / Technologist
Welder / Welding Technologist