John C Calhoun State Community College
P.O. Box 2216
Decatur, AL 35609-2216
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

John C Calhoun State Community College is a public institution located in Tanner, Ala., and the largest two-year institution in the Alabama Community College System. The college serves just more than 12,300 students if you count its Decatur campus, its Huntsville site, and its programs at the Limestone Correctional Facility. The college has had record enrollments for the past five semesters. Calhoun is well-known for its programs in pre-engineering, science, mathematics, and nursing, which prepare students for transfer into a four-year institution or for rewarding careers at the associate degree level. The college is known for its quality full-time faculty, more than 80% of whom possess a master’s degree and 15% of whom possess a doctoral degree. Calhoun’s mission includes the following: to maintain open access to a higher education, provide superior student support, encourage diversity, promote lifelong learning, and support professional education. In addition to offering high-quality traditional programs, Calhoun also provides distance education through hybrid and online courses.

Programs Offered

John C Calhoun State Community College offers just more than 50 career/certificate programs and nearly 50 associate degree programs. These include the Associate of Science degree, which is ideal for students who wish to transfer into four-year programs, and the Associate of Applied Science degree, which is aimed at students who wish to enter the workforce upon graduation. Notable programs at Calhoun include its associate degree in biotechnology, which launched in fall 2007 and is the first and only program of its type in the state; it is offered in partnership with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Programs leading to health careers include surgical technology, clinical laboratory technology, nursing, practical nursing, and more. The college serves working adults by offering a weekend degree program that allows students to attend classes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, while completing online assignments throughout the week. Online courses at Calhoun are delivered through the Blackboard online learning platform.


John C Calhoun State Community College has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1968. The college also has specialized accreditation for its programs in dental assisting, physical therapy assisting, nursing, and practical nursing, according to College Navigator.


John C Calhoun State Community College maintains an open admission policy, but students must still be able to present identifying documents, such as one primary form of identification or two secondary forms of identification. First-time college students seeking an associate degree generally need a high school diploma or GED. These students must submit a completed application to Calhoun’s admissions office as early as possible before the semester in which the student desires to attend classes. In addition, students should have an official copy of their high school transcript or GED mailed to the Calhoun admissions office. Transfer students will need to have official transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the admissions department as well.


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