About Calhoun

Your Community.  Your College.  Your Future.

For over 60 years, Calhoun Community College has served the community, providing educational and training opportunities across north Alabama.

Who We Are:

  • With 11,323 credit students enrolled fall 2012, Calhoun remains Alabama’s largest two-year college and the 6th largest higher education institution (two-year and four-year) in the state (behind Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Troy State, the University of Alabama – Birmingham and the University of South Alabama).
  • Calhoun continues to prepare tomorrow’s engineers. Over 450 Calhoun students have declared majors in Pre-engineering, Science or Mathematics.
  • Calhoun is home to the Alabama Robotics Technology Park, a partnership with AIDT.
  • The College enrolled over 1,000 students in two Nursing and six Allied Health programs for the Fall 2012 semester.
  • Scores posted by the most recent graduates of Calhoun’s associate degree (registered nurses) and Licensed Practical Nursing programs continue to be impressive. Passage rate for the registered nursing students is 88% compared to 89.79% (state) and 90% (national). Scores for Calhoun’s LPN graduates are 97%, exceeding state (90.79%) and national (84%) averages.
  • Calhoun has the state’s first and only associate degree program in Biotechnology, created in partnership with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
  • The College is proud of its quality programs. Currently, 22 degree programs are nationally accredited.
  • According to a 2012 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.
  • 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, October 2008
  • 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’s Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus is the only two-year college campus in the nation located in a major research park.
  • Data from major state universities in Alabama verify that transfer students from Calhoun perform as well as or better than students who begin their college careers at the respective universities.
  • The top five institutions to which Calhoun students transfer are:
       -University of Alabama - Huntsville - 23%
       -Athens State University - 18%
       -University of Alabama - 15%
       -Auburn University - 13%
       -University of North Alabama - 7%
  • Calhoun’s revenue breakdown for 2011-2012 was as follows:
       -Tuition and Fees - $34,749,625 or 61.7%
       -State Appropriation - $20,617,533 or 36.61%
       -Other - $953,930 or 1.69%
  • The College’s expenditures from unrestricted funds for the 2011-2012 academic year totaled $44,763,636. Expenditures from restricted funding (grants) were $44,784,318, putting total expenditures for the year at $89,467,955.
  • Developed in partnership with Athens State University, the College recently opened Phase I of the new Alabama Center for the Arts, located in downtown Decatur. The Alabama State Board of Education has approved construction for Phase II (drama and music) of the Center.
  • During the 2012 fall semester, Calhoun officially opened the Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (ACECET) on the Decatur campus. Funded through a $3.47M U.S. Department of Labor grant, the ACECET houses the College’s Renewable Energy associate degree program, the state’s first and only such program.
  • Calhoun has the lowest full-time equivalent funding per student in the Alabama Community College System at $2,688. System-wide state college funding levels range from $2,688 to $8,077 per FTE.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees and Certificates.
  • Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honor Society national headquarters.