Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
(503) 399-5006
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Chemeketa Community College is a public two-year institution located in Salem, Ore. Originally established as Salem Technical – Vocational School in 1952, the college became known by its current name in 1969. Chemeketa now has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. Certificate and associate degree programs are available in a range of fields, including both career-training fields and liberal arts disciplines. Additional Chemeketa campuses are located in McMinnville, Dallas, Brooks, and Woodburn.

Programs Offered

Whether students are interested in preparing for a career in a technical field or hoping to transfer to a four-year college or university, Chemeketa Community College provides a variety of options. Available majors include agribusiness management, accounting, business technology, art, English, speech and communication, criminal justice, early childhood education, dental assisting, medical coding, nursing, computer information systems, engineering, machining technology, psychology, sociology, political science, and women’s studies. Prospective online students will also find a number of distance learning courses offered through Chemeketa. Online programs are available in general studies, accounting, hospitality management, speech-language pathology assisting, juvenile justice, retail management, and tax preparation.


Chemeketa Community College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1972. In addition, programs in dental assisting and nursing have also earned specialized accreditation from industry-relevant organizations.


Those interested in enrolling at Chemeketa Community College can apply for admission online. There is no application fee and the college has an open admissions policy. However, students will still need to ensure they submit all appropriate documents before they can register for courses. This includes official high school transcripts and, if needed, a completed financial aid application. First-time freshman are also required to take placement testing and complete a new student orientation session. For more information about the admissions and enrollment process, please visit the college’s website or contact the enrollment center directly.

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