Community Colleges with Dorms

Community colleges are designed to be low cost institutions that serve their local communities. This holds up for urban and suburban settings, but what if you live in a rural area that doesn’t have a community college? For instance, there are only eleven certified community colleges in California that are north of Sacramento. For the sake of comparison, there are over 30 community colleges in Los Angeles County and Ventura County combined!

If you’re in a predicament because you don’t live near a community college (or worse, your community college sucks), there’s no need to worry! There are several community colleges with dorms all over the country! This is hardly an exhaustive list, so I would encourage you to check out this list to see which school works for you.

A brief note before we begin: community colleges with dorms are not the only options for people who need housing. You should research certain community colleges to see if independently operated apartments are within the vicinity. In fact, for some states such as Florida, this may be your only option.

For example, the community college I attended (Diablo Valley College) is not on the community colleges with dorms list I shared earlier but there are a lot of apartments within a block of the school. In fact, there were a handful of townhouses that were on the same block as campus!

Sierra College – Rocklin, California (21 miles northeast of Sacramento)

Dorm: One co-ed residence hall; each room holds two residents and each room shares one bathroom
Cost: $3,500 a semester; this includes a meal plan at $60 a week
Sierra College operates several campuses in a 3,500 square mile area. The dorms are located on their main campus in Rocklin, which is adjacent to Sacramento. Sierra College is the #1 community college in Northern California in terms of transferring students to the UC and CSU systems, which is why I recommend this school over the other community colleges in northern California that operate residence halls.

Tyler Junior College – Tyler, Texas (97 miles east of Dallas)

Dorm: Eight residence halls. Two are co-ed, four are male-only, and two are female-only. Some of the halls are intended for certain groups, such as the football team.
Cost: Variable. Most of the rooms cost $2,550, although one co-ed building costs $3,600.
Tyler Junior College is one of the largest community colleges in Texas, serving “15,000 credit students” each year. Tyler offers over 60 majors for an AA, an AS or a Certificate. Tyler is also distinguished in athletics as they hold 46 NJCAA championship titles.

Mohawk Valley Community College – Utica, New York (55 miles east of Syracuse)

Dorm: Three residence halls. Most first years live in quad rooms that hold seven to nine students.
Cost: $2390 to $3540 for the rooms. Meal plans run from $1600 to $1875.
Mohawk Valley is a part of the SUNY system and serves about 7,400 students. While the residence halls are located at the Utica campus, they also offer classes in Rome, New York. They offer degrees in over 90 areas. Mohawk Valley offers 40 student clubs and in 2004 won the first Pepsi/NATYCAA award for athletic excellence.

Edmonds Community College – Lynnwood, Washington (17 miles north of downtown Seattle)

Dorm: A residence hall located on campus along with two townhouse complexes located off campus
Cost: There are many variables that make it difficult to briefly sum up the price. Check out their website for more information
Edmonds Community College is notable as being a community college in a major metropolitan area that offers residence hall arrangements. Edmonds offers 75 associate degree programs and 51 professional certificates. Edmonds reports that an average of 12,00 students attend classes per quarter. The campus features 28 computer labs, nine science labs, a gym, a theater and three greenhouses.

Trinidad State Junior College – Trinidad, Colorado (87 miles south of Pueblo)

Dorm: Four residence halls located across the street from the main campus. Two male dorms, one female dorm and a coed overflow dorm.
Cost: $780 for a double or $1190 for a single, per semester. This doesn’t include the meal plan, which costs $1785 for 15 meals a week or $1960 for 19 meals a week
Trinidad State Junior College is a small school located in southern Colorado, with 1,800 students between the Trinidad campus and a satellite campus in Alamosa. This school offers 49 degree programs and is one of the top three gunsmithing schools in the nation.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College – Wesson, Mississippi (45 miles south of Jackson)

Dorm: Nine residence halls with 593 beds available
Cost: $775 a semester, although one men’s hall is $875 a semester
Co-Lin serves seven counties with three campuses, including Copiah, Lincoln, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence and Simpson counties, and has 3,600 enrolled students. It offers 25 career & technical programs, over 30 student organizations and 10 athletic teams. This school has produced over 60 NJCAA All-Americans since 2000.

Once again, this is not a thorough list of community colleges with dorms and this mostly includes schools that actually operate housing. I would like to stress one last time that you should investigate the apartment situation around some schools before you commit to a residence hall arrangement.

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John Kesler is a senior studying communication at the University of California, Davis. If he is on campus, he can be found in the basement offices of the newspaper or the radio station. At home, he enjoys listening to whatever music he can, reading whatever books he can, and taking walks wherever he can.
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