sscc new logo webShelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Operated by the Alabama State Department of Postsecondary Education, Shelton is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. It’s nickname is the Buccaneers and the University is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Their colors are Gold and Emerald.

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9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405-8522
Phone: (205) 391-2211
Type: 2-year, Public
Awards offered:
Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
City: Small
Campus housing: No
Student population: 6,075 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 27 to 1


    sscc history

  • The Tuscaloosa Trade School was created by the Alabama State Board of Education in 1950 and opened for classes in 1952.
  • Its campus was located southeast of downtown, near what is now the intersection of 15th Street/Veterans Memorial Drive and McFarland Boulevard.
  • In 1954, the school was renamed JP Shelton Trade School in honor of one of the state legislature who lobbied for the opening of the trade school in Tuscaloosa.
  • In 1976, the school's name was changed to Shelton State Technical College.
  • In 1975, Brewer State Junior College (now Bevill State Community College) opened a branch campus in Tuscaloosa.
  • Shelton State Community College was established on January 1, 1979, by the state Board of Education by combining Shelton State and the Tuscaloosa branch of Brewer State.
  • Tuscaloosa State Trade School was created by the state legislature in 1963.
  • In 1974, the institution became Tuscaloosa State Technical College and was authorized by the Alabama State Board of Education to grant associate degrees.
  • In 1976, the college name was changed to C. A. Fredd State Technical College to honor the first president of the institution.
  • In 1994, Fredd State merged with Shelton State.


Shelton State has two campuses: Martin Campus off Alabama Highway 69 south of Tuscaloosa in the unincorporated suburb of Taylorville, and C.A. Fredd campus on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in west Tuscaloosa. Shelton is considered a historically black college by virtue of its being the consolidated daughter institution of the former C.A. Fredd State Technical College.

Our Students

  • Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.
  • Gender Ratio: 52.80% (Female Students), 47.20% (Male Students)
  • Students Ethnic percentage: 1.10% (Asian/Pacific Islander), 32.16% (Black), 65.47% (Caucasian), 0.93% (Hispanic/Latino), 0.35% (Native American)


  • Types of Faculty members:
    • Instructional & Research: 151
    • Executive & Administrative: 19
    • Other Professional: 82
    • Non Professional: 139
  • African American Faculty: 73


  • The primary purpose of student financial assistance programs at Shelton State Community College is to assist students with meeting the cost of their education.
  • The primary purpose of the Shelton State Libraries is to provide information services and bibliographic resources to support the educational needs of students and the instructional needs of faculty, staff, and administrators of Shelton State Community College.
  • The Career Services Center of Shelton State Community College is a center whose primary mission is to give all students and alumni the opportunity and guidance to explore and choose their career paths and to prepare them for the workforce through training and well developed job search skills.
  • Shelton State’s Community Education program offers short term, non-credit courses to meet the changing needs of the people in the west Alabama area.
  • Training for Existing Business and Industry (TEBI) offers the West Alabama Employers a wide variety of services through the Training for Existing Business and Industry Center (TEBI).
  • The West Alabama Center for Workforce Development provides employer-driven workforce services designed to prepare Alabama’s citizens to be productive members of a World Class Workforce.

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