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Ellsworth Community College

Ellsworth Community College is part of the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD). This district also includes Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Grinnell, and the Iowa Valley Continuing Education facility. The school is located in Iowa Falls and is within walking distance of the downtown area. It was founded in 1890 as the Ellsworth Academy by John Tobin, and the citizens of the city raised $3,400 to buy land for the first building. The school has an average of 1,000 students enrolled.

Ellsworth Community College Degree Programs

Approximately 80% of the students at Ellsworth earn a Liberal Arts/Transfer degree and go on to complete their education at a 4-year institution. However, the school has a number of degree programs that will help students enter the workforce quickly and with the knowledge they need to be successful. Here are some of the educational programs available at Ellsworth Community College:

Agriculture/Animal Science

  • Agribusiness
  • Animal Science
  • Equine Management and Science
  • Farm Management
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

  • Art
  • Communications/Public Relations/Journalism
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Political Science
  • Social Work

Business and Computers

  • Apparel Merchandising
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Applications in Business
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office

Health Services

  • Athletic Training
  • Dentistry
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy


  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation Technology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Wildlife/Fisheries/Forestry

Public Service and Professional

  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fire Science
  • Law

Many of these Associate of Arts degrees can be earned online through the school’s distance learning program. Students must meet with an advisor to carefully plan their coursework because not all classes are offered over the Internet.

Ellsworth Community College is partnered with Iowa Valley Continuing Education to offer several other training programs including High School Diploma/GED and English as a Second Language.


The college has an open-door enrollment policy. Any student with a high school diploma or equivalent and those wishing to transfer from other colleges will be admitted. However, individual programs may have additional admission requirements. It is best to contact the school for information about the specific program you are interested in pursuing. Students can earn college credit while still in high school, but must meet the Senior Year Plus requirements in order to enroll in the program.

Those without a high school diploma or equivalent may still be admitted to the college. The school will use alternative means of determining eligibility and potential for success such as a personal interview, school records, references, and evaluations by counselors.

All students must take the COMPASS test or submit ACT scores. The results from these tests are used to place students in the classes most appropriate for their skill level. If you feel the scores you receive don’t accurately reflect your level of skill, you can take the test again.

Ellsworth Community College Tuition and Fees

This is how much it will cost you to attend Ellsworth Community College:

  • Iowa Resident Tuition: $144 per credit
  • Non-Resident Tuition: $150 per credit
  • Housing: $1,652 per $2,400 depending on housing type
  • Fee for Distance Learning Courses: $13 per credit
  • Technology Fee: $17 per credit
  • Student Fee: $9 per hour

Students have access to a number of funding options to help them pay for their degrees. These funding options include federal loans and grants, state grants, ECC scholarships, and the work-study program. To apply for many of these financial programs, you will need to submit the FAFSA form.

Campus Life

All first-year students under the age of 21 and not living at home are required to live on campus if they are going to school full time. The school has two residence halls and two apartment-style complexes that can hold about 400 students. All rooms are furnished with a bed, curtains, desk and chair, closet, and drawers.

Students have numerous opportunities to engage with their peers on campus. Ellsworth Community College has a number of sports programs for men and women including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. There are also quite a few student organizations including the Art Club, Business Professionals of America, Conservation Club, International Student Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and Spirit Squad.


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