Updated on May 23, 2024
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Chipola College (CC) is a small, public college founded in 1947. It’s located in the quiet community of Marianna, Florida near Florida Caverns State Park, the state capital, and the borders of Georgia and Alabama. The student body is composed of just over 2,000 undergraduate students. This small campus and community allow for a far more intimate, inclusive, and integrated college experience.

Overview of Chipola College (CC)

Chipola was originally founded as a junior college. In 2003, it became a full-blown college by offering four-year degrees for the first time in nursing, business, and education. Associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees are now both available. Certificates and workforce development is also an option to meet the needs of any student.

To complete the college experience, students will have access to dozens of student organizations in a wide array of areas such as the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Black Student Union, theater groups, academic teams, athletes, nursing and education organizations, international student groups, foreign language and science-based associations, and more. You can also participate in honors programs, student government, and sports teams. In fact, many of the groups, organizations, and associations, are sponsored or partnered with reputable local and regional leaders.

General Information

School Type primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 48%
Year Founded 1947

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,081


Undergraduate Student

Male 812
Female 1,269

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Application Fee $20
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted NA

CC Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As a small state college with a central focus on associate degrees, Chipola has much lower tuition rates than most other state schools in Florida and the US, with a net price average of $3,099. In keeping with Florida’s drive to keep higher learning affordable, the in-state tuition is just over $3,000 a year and out-of-state is just under $9,000. These tuition rates don’t include the additional $8,000 or more necessary to pay for other essentials such as basic living expenses, books, and more.

To help make payments and expenses more manageable, the school offers access to extensive financial aid assistance, from student loans to scholarships. Roughly 85% of all Chipola students receive some form of aid their freshman year. All students will have access to a variety of scholarships and the college has set up funds for individuals, alumni, businesses, and others to donate. These funds will be distributed to students who qualify.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $3,099
Average Total Aid $6,657
Students Receiving Financial Aid 85%
Room & Board $4,560

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $3,120
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $8,950
  • Books and Supplies - $800
  • Room & Board - $4,560
  • Other - $2,935


The academic programs at Chipola continue to adapt and evolve with the times. Today, the type of degree most sought is the associate of arts degree. These degree programs allow students to transfer to other universities to complete any four-year bachelor’s degree not available at Chipola College. You can also complete an associate in science degree in a variety of areas. These degrees are not able to be transferred to other schools.

Students can pursue a number of fields and programs at the associate, bachelor’s, concentration, and workforce development certificate levels including accounting, management, business, nursing, criminal justice, engineering technology, health sciences, language, mathematics, and others. Education programs are another popular academic area at Chipola. Workforce certificates and public service programs are also available such as welding, construction, manufacturing, automotive technology, EMT, firefighting, paramedics, law enforcement, corrections, and more.

Students can access various academic support systems such as tutoring, test preparation, and study sessions. These services are available on-campus and online and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1 to 12, allowing for more personal attention than many other similar schools. The on-time graduation rate is 48%, which is not as high as the national average.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,081

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 28 Total Graduates / 41%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 28 Graduates
All Business Majors 25 Total Graduates / 36%
Business Administration and Management, General 25 Graduates
All Education Majors 16 Total Graduates / 23%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0%

Outcome & Salary

Whether one graduates with an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree from Chipola College, all students have access to the Career Placement Center. This center was specifically designed to help make the job search process easier and more successful. Students will be able to utilize a number of resources here including interview preparation, resume construction, career exploration, and more. They can also seek assistance to determine the right career path throughout their degree programs.

Alumni of Chipola College often go on to become leaders in their industries including professional baseball and basketball players, news personalities, and medical professionals. Some individuals graduate with an associate degree and begin working in their field to gain experience before continuing a higher learning education with a bachelor’s degree programs.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $36,900
College Grads Average Salary $50,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $54,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $500,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,046,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $12,396
10 Year Projected ROI $487,604
20 Year Projected ROI $1,033,604
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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