arapahoe community College: a quick and easy guide to your success

Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges. 

Formerly known as Arapahoe Junior College, ACC is a Colorado community college that was founded in 1965. The school currently maintains a student body of about 20,000 undergraduates each semester, in both credit and non credit courses. 

In terms of diversity, ACC may have the largest percentage of students (31 percent) who identify their race and/or ethnicity as "unknown" or "other." 

ACC is part of the Colorado Community College System, which includes 21 community, district, and technical colleges. The other 20 colleges in the Colorado Community College System are: 

  1. Aims Community College
  2. Colorado Community Colleges Online
  3. Colorado Mountain College
  4. Colorado Northwestern Community College
  5. Community College of Aurora
  6. Community College of Denver
  7. Delta-Montrose Area Vocational Technical Center
  8. Emily Griffith Technical College
  9. Front Range Community College
  10. Lamar Community College
  11. Morgan Community College
  12. Northeastern Junior College
  13. Otero Junior College
  14. Pickens Technical College
  15. Pikes Peak Community College
  16. Pueblo Community College
  17. Red Rocks Community College
  18. San Juan Technical College
  19. Trinidad State Junior College
  20. Western Colorado Community College

Arapahoe College primarily serves the southern Greater Denver Metropolitan Area. ACC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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Above: The Weber Learning Resource Center at ACC

arapahoe community College Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Arapahoe Community College.

1. Where is Arapahoe Community College?

ACC has three campuses in the Denver area, with the main campus located in Littleton. Here are the visiting addresses of all three ACC campuses: 

5900 South Santa Fe Drive

Littleton, Colorado


15653 Brookstone Drive

Parker, Colorado


4700 Castleton Way

Castle Rock, Colorado


2. What types of degrees are offered at Arapahoe Community College?

ACC grants Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Science degrees, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as quite a few skilled trade and technical certificates. 

Associate of Arts degrees are offered in the fields of:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Studio Arts

3. What courses and programs are offered at Arapahoe Community College?

Students enrolled at ACC can choose from more than 90 degree and certificate programs. Here are some of the course offerings available at ACC:

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Supervision
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Game Design & Development
  • Interior Design
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing Aide
  • Retail Management
  • Web Design

Above: The automotive technology workshop at ACC


4. Who should attend Arapahoe Community College?

ACC is an appropriate choice for residents of the Greater Denver Metropolitan area who want to save money on four year college educations.

ACC also features many skilled trade certificate programs for people who want to join the workforce immediately after graduation.  

Also, the school has a program where high school students can earn college credits toward a degree at ACC. In fact, high school students make up about 25 percent of the student body at ACC. 

5. Why attend Arapahoe Community College?

Here are some good reasons to enroll at Arapahoe:

  • ACC has an open admissions policy
  • ACC is a cost effective alternative to entering a university as a freshman. 
  • ACC is convenient, and offers many online courses.  

6. How much does it cost to enroll at Arapahoe Community College?

According to the Arapahoe website, the total student cost of tuition and fees to enroll at ACC is:

  • $174.38 per credit hour for Colorado residents taking traditional and hybrid courses.
  • $622.94 per credit hour for out of state residents taking traditional and hybrid courses.
  • $278.65 per credit hour for Colorado residents taking online classes.
  • $412.70 per credit hour for out of state residents taking online classes.

Other fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, parking fees, and others. 

Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at Arapahoe College. 

7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Arapahoe Community College?

For a full time student, it might take about two years to earn an Associate's degree. Skilled trade certificates can take one year or less. 

However, all students at ACC are enrolled part time. This means that the time it takes to earn a degree or certificate depends on each student's schedule. 

8. What is the Arapahoe Community College campus like?

The main campus spans 51 acres and contains five buildings. 

Attractions on the Littleton campus of ACC include the Arapahoe Community College Bookstore, the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, and the Affordable Arts Festival. Also on this campus are a library, a child development center, fitness facilities, an aquatic center, a career center, and a full range of student services. 

The athletic teams at Arapahoe are called the Coyotes. The school colors are purple and white. 

Other campus organizations include an award winning literary magazine. 

There is no on-campus housing available at ACC. 


Shown above: The ACC Aquatic Center


Above: A view of the ACC campus.


9. What is the Arapahoe Community College neighborhood like?

Surrounding the main campus are several eateries and coffee shops. Just west of the Littleton campus is the South Platte River. To the southeast is the Littleton Museum. Just north of the main campus of ACC is downtown Littleton, featuring many conveniences and charming historic architecture. Roughly 10 miles north of Littleton is the major city of Denver. 

Castle Rock is located about 20 miles south of the main (Littleton) campus. This branch of ACC is also conveniently situated near many stores and restaurants, including a Walmart Supercenter very nearby. 

The Parker campus is located about 10 miles southeast of the Littleton campus, and roughly five miles northwest of downtown Parker. A car may be helpful for getting around here. 

Above: Downtown Littleton

10. What are the distance learning options at Arapahoe Community College?

ACC has more than 200 online courses available, through a Learning Management System called Desire2Learn.

Here is a list of broad subject areas in which online courses are offered at ACC: 

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • College Readiness
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition for Computers
  • Health Care and Medical Studies
  • Language and Arts
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education Professions
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

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11. What is the contact information for Arapahoe Community College?

You can reach the Littleton campus office of ACC by calling 303-797-4222.

For the Parker campus of ACC, call 303-734-4822. 

To reach the Castle Rock campus of ACC, call 303-660-3160. 

To inquire about online classes at ACC, call 303-797-5722. 

For workforce training at ACC, call 303-734-3701. 

Above: The Annual Affordable Art Festival at Arapahoe College.


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