Chipola College 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
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.
|School Type||primarily associate's, Public|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
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|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Common Application Accepted||NA|
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|
|Average Total Aid||$6,657|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||85%|
|Room & Board||$4,560|
- 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
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.
|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 Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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