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Butler County Community College

  • Public
    2 year
  • 2,506
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:12
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 70%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $7,200
    Avg. Financial Aid
Butler County Community College (BC3), chartered in 1965, is the first community college in Western Pennsylvania. More than 2,000 credit students are enrolled in one of 53 associate degree or 26 certificate or workplace certificate programs in business, education and behavioral sciences, health care, liberal arts and STEM. An estimated 450 students earn college credits in BC3’s high school programming. Approximately 15,000 people participate annually in noncredit business and industry training and in public safety training, lifelong learning opportunities and professional development courses. BC3 has locations in Butler, Brockway, Cranberry Township, Ford City, Hermitage and New Castle. We hope you become a BC3 Pioneer!
Over 2,000 courses transfer into Butler County Community College
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Founded 1965
Total Faculty 210
Full-Time Undergraduate 1,010
Part-Time Undergraduate 1,496
Application Acceptance Rate 100%
Transfer Percentage 70%
Programs 94 Programs
Courses 461 Courses
Transfer Agreements 229 outgoing Transfer Agreements
Equivalencies 2,000 incoming Equivalencies
3,110 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $5,610
Out-of-State Tuition $11,700
Books and Supplies $1,200
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 30%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $2,500
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 75%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $4,700
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid:
    Financial aid may be awarded in the form of grants, student loans, federal work-study, scholarships, from third party agencies, or a combination of these. Go to for more information.
  • Tuition and Fees:
    Tuition costs for 2023-2024 are as follows: Butler County resident: $187 per credit Out of County resident: $290 per credit Out of State/International resident: $390 per credit

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    Students may receive credit for graded courses taken at most accredited, degree-granting institutions. Transfer of credits are reviewed by Records and Registration in consultation with the V.P. for Academic Affairs and appropriate academic deans.
  • Transfer Applications Accepted:
    Butler County Community College has an open admissions policy accepting students who have a high school diploma, GED/HiSET scores, or the ability to benefit from a post-secondary education.
  • Percentage Accepted:
    Butler County Community College has an open admissions policy accepting students who have a high school diploma, GED/HiSET scores, or the ability to benefit. 4 programs in the Shaffer School of Nursing & Allied Health are considered selective.
  • Transfer Agreements:
    12 programs transfer to the PASSHE universities and select opt-in colleges. Biological Science Business Admin Chemistry Communications Criminology Computer Science Early Childhood Ed. English History Math Social Work Psychology
  • View Agreements:
  • Degree Completion Programs:
    La Roche University - Psychology (offered at BC3 Main Campus) Online agreements: Franklin University Lock Haven University Robert Morris University - Gateway Saint Francis Worldwide Southern New Hampshire University Western Governors University
  • Technical/Vocation Credit Accepted:
    BC3 awards credits through SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) and has established various individual articulation agreements with local career and technical centers.
  • Credit For Life Experience:
    BC3 accepts credit for life experience for work, volunteer, military, or training. A e-portfolio showing the student has met course objectives is required and $150 evaluation fee. Please contact for more information.

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    Only applicable for those applying to the selective admissions programs of Massage Therapy, Nursing (PN or RN), or Physical Therapist Assistant. Contact the Admissions Office at or 724-284-8501 for more information.
  • Official Transcripts:
    Official high school transcripts or GED/HiSET test scores are required of all applicants. Students who have attended another post-secondary institution are required to submit their official transcript(s) for evaluation by Records and Registration
  • SAT Scores:
    Not required, but may exempt a student from placement testing. Must provide proof of score from high school, College Board, or ACT. 500 or better - SAT Math and/or Evidence Based Reading and Writing 21 or better - ACT English 23 or better - ACT Math
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    Not required
  • Application Fee:
    $25.00, but waived at Open House events or for those who can prove financial hardship.
  • Interview:
    Not required
  • Request More Information:
  • Apply Here:

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    For courses to be accepted in transfer, they must be listed on a college transcript with a grade of A, B, or C. One D may be accepted if approved by the V.P. for Academic Affairs
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    A maximum of 45 credits may be transferred in to BC3 toward an Associate Degree and 15 credits toward a Certificate.
  • Transfer Policy Document:
  • Appeals Process Document:

Information for Transfer Out Students

Butler County Community College

Physical Address: 107 College Drive Butler, PA 16002 Mailing Address: PO Box 1203 Butler, PA 16003
United States
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BC3 offers an array of on-campus courses with day and evening options in addition to 100+ courses either entirely online or hybrid combining elements of both online and on-campus learning. We also offer 13 100% virtual programs!


Transfer Admission Contact:
Amy Pignatore
Dean of Admissions and College Registrar, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724-287-8711 Ext. 8212
Transfer Admission Contact:
Morgan Rizzardi
Director of Admissions, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724.287.8711 ext. 8274
Transfer Services Contact:
Dr. Kimberly Dobson
Assistant Dean of Advising and Career Planning, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724-287-8711 Ext. 8264
Athletic Director Contact:
Jennifer Smith
Assistant Director of Student Life, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724-287-8711 Ext. 8423
International Admissions Contact:
Morgan Rizzardi
Director of Admissions, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724-287-8711 Ext. 8274
Veterans Services Contact:
Stella Smith
Associate Director of Financial Aid, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
724-287-8711 Ext. 8335 and Ext. 8422

Branch Campuses/Additional Locations

BC3 @ Cranberry Director: Dr. Ryan Kociela
250 Executive Drive
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
BC3 @ LindenPointe Director: Lauren Buchanan
3182 Innovation Way
Hermitage, PA 16148
BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing Director: Sean Carroll
2849 West State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
BC3 @ Brockway Director: Dr. Jill Martin-Rend
1200 Wood Street
Brockway, PA 15824
BC3 @ Armstrong Director: Karen Zapp
1100 4th Avenue
Ford City, PA 16226
Last updated on 10/4/2023 by Butler County Community College.