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Facts & Figures

Looking for the nitty gritty on Delta? Here are the nuts and bolts and all things facts and figures. 


Tuition, financial aid, degrees and graduates

Tuition per Credit Hour

In-District: $117 per contact hour
In-State: $197 per contact hour
Out-of-State/Foreign: $373 per contact hour

Tuition is less than half the cost of a public university and the lowest within 75 miles.


Students planning to transfer: 33%

Top 10 transfer institutions:
Saginaw Valley State University
Northwood University
Ferris State University
Central Michigan University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Grand Valley State University
Davenport University–Midland
University of Michigan–Flint
Western Michigan University

Financial Aid

Total aid disbursed to students: $25 million
Students receiving aid: 52%
Scholarships: $668,150

552 students were awarded a Delta College Foundation scholarship last year. 44% of scholarship applicants received a scholarship last year.

2019 Graduates

Associate: 1,485
Certificate: 232

Areas of Study

Certificate and degree programs: 142
Pre-approved transfer programs: 180

Delta has dozens of pathways established for smooth transfer to a student's university and program of choice.


Professors who have a master’s degree or higher: 95%


Enrollment, Characteristics

Annual Enrollment

Credit-Seeking Students: 10,376

Delta is ninth largest of Michigan’s 28 community colleges in student headcount.

Student Characteristics (Fall 2020)


African-American: 7.3%
Asian: 0.9%
Caucasian: 77.3%
Hispanic: 7.2%
Multi-racial: 3.3%
Native American: 0.3%
Other: 3.7%

Enrollment Status

Full-time: 34%
Part-time: 66%
Average Student Age: 23
Veterans Using G.I. Bill Benefits: 361
Dual Enrolled Students: 898

County of Residence

Here’s where our students live: 
Bay: 25%
Midland: 16%
Saginaw: 40%
Tuscola: 6%
Huron: 3%
Other: 10%

1 in 3 local high school students chose Delta. 

Other notable numbers (2018-19)

Student to professor ratio: 16:1
Honors students: 320
Student clubs: 40


State-of-the-art facilities

At Delta, students use the latest technology so they can graduate ready to hit the ground running. We spend nearly $1 million each and every year to upgrade campus equipment, technology and spaces. 


From sustainability-related courses to LEED certification building standards, Delta continues to push the boundaries of sustainability in practice for higher education.  Last year, Delta was named the first certified bee campus in Michigan and, in 2020, was ranked 9th in the nation for community college sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 


Partnerships and Impact

1 in 8 people in our community age 17–70 has taken a class at Delta.
83% of graduates from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 98% live in Michigan.
700+ advisory board members help keep programs relevant.
STEM Explorer mobile lab had 38,300 student interactions last year.

Workforce Training

Delta College Corporate Services is an industry leader in developing and delivering training solutions for local businesses.

Delta College Fast Start™ pre-hire training programs create a higher skilled labor pool for the Great Lakes Bay Region.


The Delta College Possible Dream Program encourages at-risk youth to stay in school and attend college. It’s been a success! 78% have continued their education. The program recently expanded to offer Dream graduates scholarships to attend Delta College. 18 where given in 2020-21.

Since 1997, nearly 1/2 million people have learned about space at the Delta College Planetarium. 


Accessible education is important. Delta has three off-campus centers (Bay City, Midland and Saginaw) that served more than 1,821 students last year. We’re building new centers in downtown Midland (opening 2021), and Saginaw (opened in 2019 with 624 students enrolled for fall semester).

Arts, Culture and Enrichment

Through the President’s Speaker Series and Student and Student Engagement, Delta brings nationally renowned speakers to benefit the campus and the community. 

Delta College Public Media (WDCQ-TV and WUCX-FM 90.1) is an essential part of the educational mission of the college, providing informational and learning programs to 1.4 million viewers and listeners each year. 

The Delta College Sculpture Walk is a free, outdoor exhibit featuring 22 works of art available 365 days a year.



Opened in 1961.

Service area

Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties.


Delta College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


Dr. Jean Goodnow


With 878 faculty and staff members, Delta is the 4th largest employer in Bay County. 

Board of Trustees

Bay County
Mary Lou Benecke (Vice Chair)
Diane M. Middleton, '88 (Chair)
Michael D. Rowley, ‘90

Midland County
Andre L. Buckley
Stacey L. Gannon, '20 
Michael P. Nash, ‘14

Saginaw County
The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Emrich (Past Chair)
Karen L. Lawrence-Webster
Marcia L. Thomas

Foundation endowment

Thanks to alumni donations, grants and contributions from businesses and individuals, Delta has a strong community college endowment of nearly $29 million.

Delta College is one of the top fundraising community colleges in Michigan and nationally. 

General fund budget

2020-21: $66.9 million

Delta College budgets conservatively, saves before building, and has no outstanding bonds or debt.

The League for Innovation in the Community College (League) is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. Delta College’s President Emeritus Don Carlyon was one of its founding members in 1968 and President Dr. Jean Goodnow remains on its Board today.