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Chemeketa Community College Overview

Chemeketa Community College is a public institution situated in Salem, Oregon. Salem is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Chemeketa Community College Known For?

1,887 Undergraduate Awards
  • The associate's degree is the highest award offered at Chemeketa Community College.
  • In 2017-2018, 39% of the faculty were full-time.

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Chemeketa Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Chemeketa Community College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#67 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#170 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#517 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Chemeketa Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Special Education Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Special Education Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Fire Protection Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Hospitality Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#201 Most Popular Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Chemeketa Community College?

Location of Chemeketa Community College

Contact details for Chemeketa Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4000 Lancaster Dr Ne, Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503-399-5000

How Do I Get Into Chemeketa Community College?

You can apply to Chemeketa Community College online at:

Chemeketa Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Chemeketa Community College?

22% Take Out Loans
18.2% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Chemeketa Community College, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $4,696 a year. That adds up to $18,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chemeketa Community College is 18.2%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Chemeketa Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,301 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,347 undergraduate students at Chemeketa Community College, with 4,301 being full-time and 5,046 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Chemeketa Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,301 full-time undergraduates at Chemeketa Community College, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Chemeketa Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Chemeketa Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chemeketa Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 67
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 1,408
White 1,389
International Students 31
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,372

Over 34 countries are represented at Chemeketa Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Chemeketa Community College

1,904 Took All Classes Online
3,630 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,630 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Chemeketa Community College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Chemeketa Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Chemeketa Community College was -1.2%. This is the #2,280 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Chemeketa Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Chemeketa Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 7%
Business Support & Assistant Services 13%
Business, Management & Marketing 13%
Education 14%
Hospitality Management 50%
Special Education 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Chemeketa Community College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Chemeketa Community College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Taxation #12
Hospitality Management #55
Business Support & Assistant Services #148
Special Education #187
Accounting #296
Criminal Justice & Corrections #415
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #471

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Chemeketa Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,034 0 1,034
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 2 78 80
Human Development & Family Studies 54 16 1 71
Accounting 28 26 3 57
Computer Information Systems 8 41 0 49
Hospitality Management 30 15 3 48
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 12 34 46
Precision Metal Working 12 32 2 46
Special Education 0 37 6 43
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 42 42
Fire Protection 0 38 2 40
Allied Health Professions 0 33 0 33
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 30 2 33
Nursing 0 32 0 32
Business Support & Assistant Services 11 13 6 30
Dental Support Services 0 0 27 27
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 25 1 26
Business Administration & Management 0 18 1 19
Taxation 12 0 0 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 12 12
Mental & Social Health Services 0 11 1 12
Design & Applied Arts 0 12 0 12
Horticulture 0 10 0 10
Electrical Engineering 0 10 0 10
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 7 0 9
Food Science Technology 0 8 0 8
Building Management & Inspection 0 8 0 8
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 8 0 8
Computer Software & Applications 0 6 0 6
Social Work 0 5 0 5
Construction 0 3 1 4
Other Engineering 3 1 0 4
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 3 0 3
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 1 1 2
Computer Engineering Technology 1 1 0 2
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 2 2
Agricultural Production 0 1 0 1
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 1 1
Carpentry 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 162 1,499 226 1,887


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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