The largest, most diverse place of higher learning in Southern Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College throws the doors of opportunity wide open.
Because You're Chasing Dreams
You come to Pikes Peak Community College wanting more. More than learning a skill. More than earning a degree or certificate. You come dreaming of a better life.
We take that charge very seriously. To help you get there, we start by reaching you where you are – physically, educationally, financially.
Three campuses and additional learning centers throughout Colorado Springs and many online options, along with day and evening classes, make PPCC adaptable to just about any lifestyle.
Meeting you where you are also means keeping within your budget. With tuition less than half of our university counterparts’ and millions of dollars in aid and scholarships available, PPCC should prove well within your financial reach.
Your specific path through Pikes Peak depends on your interests. Our advisors and online tools can help you navigate our 150-plus degrees and certificate programs, turning your passions into something tangible, something extraordinary: a fulfilling and rewarding career.
We have as many dreams here as we do students, and they come in every variety: high school grads, veterans, single moms, factory workers, jocks, artists, geeks, book worms and retirees from every race, ethnicity and age. Together, we create a supportive learning environment and a sense of belonging for those who want to build a better future while staying close to home and for travelers on their way from here to everywhere.
We are here for you.
At PPCC, we offer more paths to success than Colorado offers mountain trails.
Some Basic Facts:
- With more than 20,000 students, PPCC is the largest and most diverse college in the Pikes Peak region.
- We have three main campuses: Centennial on the south side of town; Rampart Range on the north side; and the Downtown Studio Campus in the heart of the city core. We have smaller learning centers at Creekside Success Center, Fort Carson Army Post and Peterson Air Force Base.
- Our average class size is 16.
- We offer transferrable credits to UCCS, CSU, Regis and many other four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.
- 26% of our students are connected to the military.
- PPCC contributes $390.3 million to the local economy.
- PPCC students receive a rate of return of 13% on the money they invest in tuition.
- Tuition costs $4,651 annually (2 semesters at 15 credits per semester and can vary based on program of study.)
- PPCC awards $1 million in scholarships annually. Most students who apply for scholarships or financial aid get assistance.
- Our nationally accredited Child Development Center provides quality care and educational services for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
Pikes Peak Community College was established in 1968 as El Paso Community College, a two-year college offering three associate degrees. Operating out of rented buildings in Old Colorado City, first-year enrollment was roughly 800 students. The first graduation was held in April 1970 at Bancroft Park, yielding 17 associate degrees and 70 certificates.
Enrollment rapidly grew, in part because of an emphasis placed on military programs, which have become a significant aspect of the college, and the need for permanent facilities became apparent.
Early in 1973, the U.S. Government declared 212 acres of land along the northern boundary of Fort Carson as surplus land and on Feb. 15, 1974 the deed to the site was transferred to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education for use by El Paso Community College. The full-service Centennial Campus was built in 1978 and the College Council approved a new name, Pikes Peak Community College.
The college experienced a variety of changes throughout the 1970’s including a tremendous surge in occupational majors due to heavy veteran enrollment, the birth of KEPC college radio, along with the arrival and departure of collegiate sports teams and the El Paso International Community College in Germany. Despite these changes, PPCC stayed true to its historical roots by adapting to serve community needs first and foremost.
Significant population growth during the last several decades in the Pikes Peak region drove the need for expanded educational services. As a result, the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus opened in 1986 to provide better exposure to the college’s arts and science programs and provide a center focusing on the arts. The Rampart Range Campus was built in the north end of the city in 1998, and the Falcon Campus in 2008. PPCC also began operating education centers on Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
PPCC has become the largest post-secondary educational institution in Southern Colorado and offers the most widely accessible and affordable education in the region.
PPCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456.
Self-Study Report 2014 (PDF)
This downloadable sheet outlines Pikes Peak Community College's Degree programs.
This downloadable sheet outlines Pikes Peak Community College's Certificate programs.
This downloadable sheet outlines Pikes Peak Community College's student profile.