Jefferson College

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Established by Jefferson County voters in 1963, Jefferson College is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, public, two-year institution with its main campus located in Hillsboro, Missouri. The college offers credit programs leading to one of four associate degrees or numerous career and technical certificates. Students may prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or move into an immediate career.

The college also offers extensive lifelong learning opportunities and noncredit continuing education courses to those seeking career training or retraining, working to boost basic skills or pursuing new areas of interest.

There's no such thing as a typical Jefferson College student. Those who choose to attend Jefferson are all ages, from recent high school graduates to retired people. Some students attend full-time, others attend part-time, many combine work and school.

What makes Jefferson College stand out in higher education?

College History
It’s easy to take something for granted when it’s right in your back yard, but Jefferson College has built a solid reputation for quality and innovation over its 50-plus year history. Learn more about the college's exciting past.

Educational Quality
Jefferson College may not be the largest community college in the state, but the quality of its numerous academic programs and services is second to none. Students continually say that the college's faculty, instruction and facilities are top notch.

Accreditation
Jefferson College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Many programs within the college have accreditation from professional associations.

A Stepping Stone
More than 25,000 students have graduated from Jefferson College over the years and have become community and business leaders, educators, health care experts, technical professionals, law enforcement officers, and the list goes on. Explore our programs.

Affordable
Jefferson College is one of the most cost-effective choices among Missouri colleges and universities, offering outstanding value. Plus, there are many financial assistance opportunities available. Find out more.

Convenient
Attend college when it’s convenient for you. With hundreds of online courses in addition to other flexible scheduling options such as evenings, Saturdays, hybrid (onsite and online), and 8-week accelerated formats, Jefferson College can save you from a long commute, frequent gas fill-ups, and frustrating traffic. Browse the Class Schedule.

Accessible
There are four campuses to choose from, including JC Online, a fully online virtual campus where you can earn your associate degree from anywhere. View our Locations

Vibrant and Diverse
Jefferson College students represent a diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences. Our students range in age from teens to those who are over 60. 

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