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Provost's Message-Welcome to the DMACC Urban Campus

Laura Douglas, Provost, Urban Campus Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has a stellar reputation for its quality academic programs, low tuition, convenience, and focus on student success. Our faculty and staff work hard to provide students with the best college experience possible.

Friendly, Helpful and Inclusive

The Urban Campus has been serving students and the Des Moines community since 1980 and is the second largest DMACC campus. It has one of the most diverse and multicultural student bodies in the state and offers an array of academic programs as well as the largest high school equivalence (HiSET) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in Iowa. Urban Campus students come from Des Moines, Central Iowa and more than 75 countries around the world. They have all found a place where they can achieve their educational dreams and describe our campus as "friendly, helpful and inclusive."

Campus Opportunities

The DMACC Urban Campus is located at the north edge of downtown Des Moines. It's easy to access by public transportation and the Campus has plenty of free parking. Classes are offered throughout the day, as well as evenings and weekends. Students can learn in a variety of convenient formats, including web-enhanced, web-blended, online, and special learning communities. Some students begin their studies with us in the fall, while others start in spring or summer. We offer students an array of academic support services, the most current instructional technology, as well as opportunities to build social networks, develop leadership skills, and foster cultural understanding. We encourage you to enhance your college education by getting involved in some aspect of student life or joining one of the many clubs or student groups at the Urban Campus.

Educational Partnerships

Our students take advantage of a number of educational partnerships which allow them to seamlessly transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Even before they transfer, students can take classes at Drake or Grand View to try them on for size. Recently, the DMACC Urban Campus helped to facilitate a partnership with Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. It offers the Grinnell transfer option to DMACC students who meet certain admission requirements. The agreement, designed for students interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Grinnell, is open to DMACC students pursuing or completing an associate's degree.

We're Here to Help You!

Our Student Life team is eager to help you figure out how we can help you achieve your educational goals. Our staff will help you choose a major, select your classes, and apply for financial aid. We know that figuring out how to pay for a college education is more challenging than ever and that filling out the government financial aid form can be overwhelming. To help students and their families complete the application for financial aid, a special help session is available at the Urban Campus every Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Building 1, Room 232.

I hope you will visit us soon!

Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D.
Provost, DMACC Urban Campus