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Dallas College

Dallas College

Dallas College

Introduction

Dallas College is one of the most popular 2-year institutions in the United States for international students. It is an academic bedrock for one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in America. International students come to Dallas College for quality English language training and for in-demand degrees which seamlessly transfer to top-rated Universities. Technical and trade programs also attract many international students who intend to start their life-long careers as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Dallas College supports its international students with a robust student life and engagement network, multicultural outreach, and dedicated academic and immigration advising.

Who We Are

Since 1965, Dallas College has served and educated more than ​3 million students. As one of the largest colleges in Texas, we work to transform lives and communities through higher education in a rapidly changing local, national, and world community. We provide:

  • Two-Year and Four-Year Degree Programs, Plus Workforce-Ready Certificates
  • More Than 100 High-Demand Career Programs
  • Enrichment and Certification Classes for a Lifetime of Learning
  • Faculty Who Are Dedicated to Students' Success, Not a Research Grant
  • Unparalleled Quality at a Tuition Our Students Can Afford

Dallas College Values

Mission

To transform lives and communities through higher education.

Overall Purposes

  • To ensure Dallas County is vibrant, growing, and economically viable for current and future generations.
  • To provide a teaching and learning environment that exceeds learner expectations and meets the needs of our students, employees, communities, and employers.

Dallas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Dallas College may also offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels.

Dallas College, formerly the Dallas County Community College District, consists of seven campuses: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland.

Campus Features

Our Campuses Are Near You

Dallas College originally operated as a district of seven independently accredited colleges. In 2020, those colleges united under a single name to offer our students a more streamlined, more convenient experience. The seven original campuses live on as our primary locations.

Brookhaven Campus

Dallas College Brookhaven Campus was founded in 1978, making it the youngest of the seven Dallas College locations. The campus now welcomes over 13,000 students each semester and serves the Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Addison, and North Dallas areas.

Cedar Valley Campus

Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus covers 300 acres in Lancaster, Texas, serving southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties. Cedar Valley opened in the summer of 1977, becoming the fifth of seven campuses.

Eastfield Campus

Since 1970, Dallas College Eastfield Campus has provided excellence in teaching and learning to the residents of Mesquite, Garland, southeast Dallas County, and the surrounding communities.

El Centro Campus

Dallas College El Centro Campus was the first college in the district to open its doors in 1966. Its name reflects its location in the center of Dallas' downtown area.

Mountain View Campus

Dallas College Mountain View Campus has served Oak Cliff and southwestern Dallas County since 1970. Our campus sits on both sides of a limestone canyon, connected by glass pedestrian bridges.

North Lake Campus

Dallas College North Lake Campus has served Irving and northern Dallas County since 1977. The campus’ 276 wooded acres feature a lake and a DART light rail station.

Richland Campus

For nearly 50 years, Dallas College Richland Campus has focused on teaching, learning, and community building. Richland’s richly diverse student population provides a global experience to enhance students’ future success in the broader world community.

    Admissions

    Enrollment Steps for F-1 International Students

    Below are the enrollment steps for F-1 international students as you prepare to enroll at Dallas College. Please refer to Admission Requirements for International Students for further details on specific admission requirements and policies.

    Step 1: Apply for a Dallas College Student ID Number

    Begin the application process by submitting an International Student Interest Form. You will then receive an email with detailed information on F-1 student requirements.

    Next, complete the International Student Application. Completing this application will provide you with a student ID number for Dallas College to be used in Step 2. After you complete the application, you will receive a welcome letter by email. This is not proof of admission for F-1 students. Students should not use this letter to obtain a visa or transfer your SEVIS record. You will need to complete Step 2 to receive an official admission and I-20 to Dallas College.

    Step 2: Submit Documents to Apply for International Admission

    After receiving your 7-digit Dallas College student ID number, please collect the required documents listed below. You will receive an email with instructions on where to upload the documents online. Documents must be clear, flat scans with no portions cut off or obstructed and in PDF format. Please refer to Admission Requirements for International Students for further details on specific admission requirements and policies.

    For new students outside of the United States:

    • Copy of biographical page of your passport

    • Bank letter or statement showing a minimum of $21,000 USD. Funds should be converted into U.S. currency and letters or statements should be translated into English by a professional translator. Please add an additional $5,000 USD for each dependent.

    • Affidavit of financial support form

    • For dependents, please also upload copies of the biographical page of their passport and official proof of relationship.

    For transfer students attending a school inside of the United States

    • Copy of biographical page of your passport

    • Bank letter or statement showing a minimum of $21,000 USD, translated into English with U.S. currency by a professional translator. Please add an additional $5,000 for each dependent.

    • Affidavit of financial support form

    • Copy of your I-94

    • Copy of visa page in passport

    • OFFICIAL transcript on file from your current SEVP-certified school with an established grade point average (GPA) and/or proof of first session completion. If you are in progress of your first semester at the current school, you may be unable to satisfy this admission requirement by the application deadline.

    • Copies of all I-20s (first and second pages)

    • For dependents, please also upload copies of the biographical page of their passport, F-2 visa, I-20s, I-94s and official proof of relationship.

    Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

    Prior to enrollment, students will also be required to submit the following upon arrival:

    • Proof of meningitis vaccination if under the age of 22 (For new/initial students only. This can be done in your home country.)

    • Copies of F-1 visa and I-94 (For new/initial students only)

    • All additional official transcripts from any schools attended inside the U.S. (For transfer students only)

    Step 3: Assessment Requirements

    Initial and Change of Status applicants must provide proof of English proficiency level prior to the issuance of an I-20 or a letter of acceptance. Please refer to Admission Requirements for International Students for further details. Transfer applicants will be assessed for program level prior to registration, but after acceptance. All applicants must meet TSIA2 testing/status requirements or provide proof of exemption prior to enrolling in a college level program.

    Step 4: Acceptance Letter and I-20

    After you complete Steps 1-3, a DSO will review your application to verify all documents are received and you meet the qualifications for admission.

    If you are a new student from outside the United States, you will receive an official acceptance letter signed by a DSO and an initial I-20 that you can use for your visa appointment.

    If you are a transfer student attending a school from inside the United States, you will receive an official acceptance letter signed by a DSO that you may submit to your current school to release your SEVIS record to Dallas College.

    Visa Requirements

    Dallas College issues Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status" to prospective international students. The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at a United States Embassy. In order for an international student to attend Dallas College, they will need to be approved for an F-1 visa and maintain the validity of that visa status in the United States. Once a student has applied to Dallas College and submitted all required documentation, a Form I-20 is issued along with an acceptance letter and instructions to apply for the F-1 visa.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Dallas College Foundation offers over 400 scholarship opportunities annually to students of Dallas College. Scholarship awards are based on academic excellence, achievement, leadership, goals, and/or other factors.

    The Good Neighbor Program

    Are you an international student from a Western Hemisphere country? You might qualify for a 12-month exemption from tuition through the Good Neighbor Program!

    This program, through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), provides tuition assistance to students from nations of the Western Hemisphere (other than the United States of America or Cuba).

    Apply online through Dallas College myScholarships by March 1.

    Elite Scholarships

    Dallas College elite scholarships focus on your growth, networking, and community activities and offer mentors who see you through your educational journey. Applicants must have a Dallas College ID before submitting their application for Elite Scholarships.

    Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship

    The Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship was established in 1999 by the ETK Encouragement Foundation and the Dallas/Fort Worth Private Equity Forum in memory of a courageous individual, Erin Tierney Kramp. In 1994, Erin Tierney Kramp was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33.

    Erin Tierney Kramp Program awards scholarships to students based on their courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Eligible applicants include high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and current students attending Dallas College.

    Erin Tierney Kramp Board members mentor the Kramp scholars. Recipients of the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Endowed Scholarship will receive funds for tuition and books for up to six consecutive semesters, plus other advantages.

    Advantages

    • Tuition (which includes books) for up to 6 consecutive semesters
    • One-on-One Mentoring
    • Enrichment Activities
    • Emergency Fund
    • Continue your college education beyond Dallas College as an Erin Tierney Kramp Scholar (must meet university requirements after the recipient completes hours at Dallas College)

    Scholarship applications are accepted from January 1 to May 1.

    Myers-LeCroy Scholarship

    The Myers-LeCroy Scholars Endowed Scholarship was established in 1988 by DCCCD Foundation Board Member Mike A. Myers to recognize the late Dr. R. Jan LeCroy, former Chancellor of the DCCCD from 1981 to 1988, for his exemplary leadership in education and the community. In 2018, the scholarship was renamed the Myers-LeCroy Scholarship in honor of Mr. Myers's dedication to the program.

    Outstanding leadership and academics are the main requirements of the Myers-LeCroy Scholars Program. Nancy LeCroy and Mike Myers are mentors to the Myers-LeCroy Scholars. Eligible applicants include high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and students currently enrolled at Dallas College. Students selected as Myers-LeCroy Scholars will receive a scholarship for tuition and books for up to six consecutive semesters, plus other advantages.

    Advantages

    • Tuition (which includes books) for up to 6 consecutive semesters
    • One-on-One Mentoring
    • Networking with former Myers-LeCroy Scholars
    • Enrichment Activities
    • Continue your college education beyond Dallas College as a Myers-LeCroy Scholar (must meet university requirements after you complete hours at Dallas College)

    Scholarship applications are accepted from January 1 to May 1.

    Locations

    • Dallas

      Botham Jean Boulevard, 1601, 75215, Dallas

      • Dallas

        Richland Campus, Abrams Road, 12800, 75243, Dallas

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