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El Centro College is a public institution situated in Dallas, Texas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

18,769 Full-Time Undergraduates
$4,050 Avg In-State Tuition

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El Centro College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at El Centro College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#22 Best Value Allied Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
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#93 Best Value Allied Health Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#109 Best Allied Health Professions Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards El Centro College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Surgical Technology Schools College Factual
#4 Best Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Schools College Factual
#9 Best Respiratory Care Therapy Schools College Factual
#10 Best Radiologic Technology Schools College Factual
#91 Best Allied Health Professions Schools College Factual
#125 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree

Where Is El Centro College?


Contact details for El Centro College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1601 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215-3604
Phone: 214-378-1824

Can I Afford El Centro College?

$4,050 In-State Tuition
8% Take Out Loans
17.8% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time El Centro College students paid $135 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $200 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $4,050 $6,000
Books and Supplies $440 $440

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At El Centro College, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $4,591 a year. That adds up to $18,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at El Centro College is 17.8%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

El Centro College Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,769 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 74,781 undergraduate students at El Centro College, with 18,769 being full-time and 56,012 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 18,769 full-time undergraduates at El Centro College, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of El Centro College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,804
Black or African American 3,818
Hispanic or Latino 9,135
White 2,823
International Students 66
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,123

Over 61 countries are represented at El Centro College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at El Centro College

66,451 Took All Classes Online
68,751 Took At Least One Class Online
450.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 68,751 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at El Centro College has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of El Centro College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at El Centro College was 450.6%. This is the #126 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at El Centro College regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

El Centro College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 71 565 636
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Technology 46 155 201
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 33 166 199
General Drafting & Design Technology 35 114 149
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 15 118 133
Welding Technology/Welder 12 113 125
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 21 71 92
Radiologic Technology 43 27 70
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 6 52 58
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 27 30 57
Construction Engineering Technology 22 32 54
Electrician 6 45 51
Medical/Clinical Assistant 0 36 36
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 15 21 36
Respiratory Care Therapy 29 0 29
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 0 24 24
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 21 21
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 18 1 19
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 19 0 19
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 0 17 17
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 0 17 17
Occupational Therapist Assistant 12 0 12
Laboratory Technician 12 0 12
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 0 12 12
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 0 11 11
Surgical Technology 10 0 10
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 6 2 8
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 0 8 8
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 0 2 2
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 0 1
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 0 0 0
TOTAL 459 1,660 2,119


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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