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Calhoun Fast Facts

Your Community.  Your College.  Your Future.

For over 70 years, Calhoun Community College has served the community, providing educational and training opportunities across north Alabama.

Who We Are:

  • With approximately 10,000 credit students, Calhoun remains Alabama’s largest two-year college and the 6th largest higher education institution (two-year & four-year) in the state (behind Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Troy State, the University of Alabama – Birmingham & the University of South Alabama). 
  • Calhoun has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 150 Community Colleges” by the Aspen Institute
  • Calhoun’s Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus is the only two-year college campus in the nation located in a major research park. A major construction/renovation project is currently underway at the campus that will provide increased access and a more collegiate environment for students. 
  • Calhoun was the state of Alabama’s first public higher education institution designated “smoke free.” 
  • In 2014, Calhoun was among 12 community and technical colleges from eight states welcomed into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, which provides resources, support and evidence-based strategies focused on closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence and completion rates. 
  • Developed in partnership with Athens State University, Calhoun opened Phase 1 of the Alabama Center for the Arts in 2012, located in Downtown Decatur. Phase II of the ACA officially opened in the fall of 2016.
  • According to a report from the Alabama Community College System, Calhoun’s economic impact to the community and state is substantial. Total local economic impact is $279,284,280 for a return on $1 investment (ROI) of 12.1, the highest among the state’s two-year colleges
  • The top five institutions to which Calhoun students transfer are:
    • University of Alabama in Huntsville - 22% 
    • Athens State University - 18% 
    • Auburn University - 14% 
    • University of Alabama - 13% 
    • University of North Alabama - 7% 
  • The College enrolls over 1,000 students in two Nursing and six Allied Health programs. 
  • The College is proud of its quality programs. Currently, 22 degree programs are nationally accredited. 
  • ACHE (Alabama Commission on Higher Education) data indicates that Calhoun remains the “college of choice” for students from this region. Of the students from this area who attend public college, 35% of those from Madison County, 53% of those from Limestone County, 47% of those from Morgan County and 33% of those from Lawrence County chose to attend Calhoun . 
  • Calhoun is the region’s community college: “Calhoun demonstrates that economic development needs to be a regional affair – Calhoun gives us a tremendous advantage.” - Former Congressman Bud Cramer 
  • Funded through a $3.47M U.S. Department of Labor grant, the Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology houses the College’s Renewable Energy associate’s degree program, the state’s first and only such program. In March 2014, the building was recognized as the state’s first Platinum-level LEED certified facility under the new system. 
  • With over 1,000 students enrolled, Calhoun’s Dual Enrollment program is the largest in the Alabama two-year college system.
Just the Facts -- Fall 2016