Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa means “Place of Peace.” Personal service, individual advising, small classrooms, and excellent faculty create academic success. In fact 70% of our international students get awards for their achievement. Our students study English, earn certificates and Associate degrees, transfer to four-year universities and prepare for graduate studies. Come Discover Chemeketa!
Chemeketa is a wonderful place to go to study.
The classes at Chemeketa are nice and small. Our average class size is 25 students or less, which helps the students interact with professors who remember the students’ names and faces, and who help students get their questions answered. The professors are really nice, and they are very helpful, especially if you are an international student.
Also, the tuition is not too expensive. Chemeketa is in small town called Salem. Salem is not a very crowded place and is not an expensive place for students to live. The people here are really nice.
Chemeketa Community College Students
At Chemeketa, you can obtain a two-year professional/technical degree to begin a career, or earn a transfer degree to a four-year university. Among the most popular transfer programs include business, social sciences, and engineering. Some of our outstanding two-year degree programs include computer electronics, graphic design, hospitality management, nursing, and viticulture, among many others. Chemeketa is fully-accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
About the region
Salem is a small city with a rich local history, a mild climate, and a low crime rate. More than 235,000 people call Salem home and enjoy its tree-lined streets, riverfront parks, and convenience to downtown shopping. Every year, Salem hosts the World Beat Festival organized by our diverse cultural community and featuring food, music, and dances from around the world. Salem and its surrounding communities have Latino, Asian, European, Pacific Island, and many other populations that bring a wealth of perspectives to the city.
Salem is surrounded by the vineyards and orchards of the fertile Willamette Valley. Temperatures average about 10 degrees Celsius in the winter to 50 degrees in the summer. Most of the rainfall occurs from November through March. The summer months are generally dry. Although Oregon is best known for its temperate climate and rain, it is also good to plan for summer heat and occasional winter snow.
Salem is located one hour from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains in each direction, offering opportunities for outdoor activities. Portland is just a one-hour drive to the north and offers a wide variety of cultural activities, sporting events, and entertainment; and Portland International Airport is easily accessible from Salem.
PROGRAMS / CURRICULUM
Chemeketa Classes occur during the day, evening, and weekends. Intensive English classes are held Monday- Thursday from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.”
If you are not quite ready for college-level coursework, Chemeketa offers an intensive English program. Chemeketa Language and Culture Institute offers English classes at your level, with other students from many different countries of the world.
Chemeketa has more than 200 full-time faculty members. In general, faculty who teach college transfer courses have at least a master’s degree; some have doctorates. Faculty in professional-technical programs generally have a diverse background which combines education with practical, on-the-job experience. In addition, we employ an average of 600 part-time faculty each year. Many of them teach evening classes on subjects directly related to their full-time jobs in the community.
- Automotive technologyA,C
- Agribusiness ManagementA,C
- Building InspectionA,C
- Business TechnologyA,C
- Computer Information TechnologyA
- Criminal JusticeA
- Dental AssistingC
- Drafting TechnologyA,C
- Early Childhood EducationA,C
- Electronics TechnologyA
- Fire Protection TechnologyA
- Health Information TechnologyA,C
- Hospitality ManagementA,C
- Health Services ManagementA,C
- Juvenile CorrectionsA
- Network TechnologyA
- Pharmacy TechnicianA
- Retail ManagementA
- Tourism & Travel ManagementA
- Vineyard ManagementA,C
- Visual Communications (Graphic Design)A
- Welding TechnologyA,C
- Arrival assistance
- Career planning and college transfer assistance
- Intercultural Awareness classes
- Conversation Tables
- Emergency assistance
- Employment opportunities
- Information about Salem-area resources
- Orientation programs
- Housing and Food … $ 5,400 (9 months)
- Tuition and Fees … $ 10,800 (9 months)
- Insurance and Books … $ 2,400 (12 months)
- Total … $ 18,600
*Tuition estimates are subject to change. Estimates are based on average full time registration. Credit level programs require a min. of 12 credits per term at $256 per credit. Intensive English study is charged at $165 per credit. Students studying Intensive English at Chemeketa are registered for 22 contact hours per term. Required fees include health insurance. Academic & technology fees vary depending on course registration.
For more specific information, please contact International Admissions for more information.
English language requirements: No TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for admission. All students who enter Chemeketa will take required English or college placement tests during orientation.