Since offering its first classes at area high schools in 1985, Collin College has expanded to serve about 53,000 credit and continuing education students each year. The only public college in the county, the college offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines.
The Best Faculty in the U.S. and Texas
- Four Collin College professors have held the title of U.S. Professor of the Year, a highly-coveted award presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The U.S. Professor of the Year award is considered the pinnacle of collegiate teaching. Collin College is the only college or university in Texas to have Four national honorees.
- Four Collin College professors have taken the honor of top college or university professor in Texas and have been named Texas Professor of the Year in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- The college faculty also include seven Minnie Stevens Piper Professors, one of Texas' highest honors bestowed upon college and university professors, and an honoree of the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by the Texas Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges. Moreover, the faculty are comprised of countless authors, patent holders, noted scholars and experts who have been honored for their research.
- Collin College professors and staff share their expertise and viewpoints in national publications.
A Proven Leader in Education
- Collin College was the first Texas community college to offer the university pre-admission program, allowing students to earn credit at Collin College and a major university simultaneously. Pre-admission allows students to complete their first two years of their bachelor's degrees at Collin College, apply for pre-admission to any of the ten partner universities and be guaranteed admission to the partner university when admission requirements are met. Visit TransferU to view current university partners.
- The road to medical school and other health care professions is shorter thanks to a unique partnership between Collin College and Plano Independent School District (PISD). The unique PISD Health Sciences Academy offers selected students a head start on health care careers - while they are still in high school, starting as early as ninth grade. Students can earn more than 50 hours of college credit and complete certifications in order to enter the health care workforce upon graduation from high school.
- In addition to the core curriculum, Collin College offers extensive training in the health professions and public service fields, including nursing, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, health information technology, polysomnography, surgical technology, fire science, and law enforcement. Certificates can be earned in a wide range of high-tech fields, as well. Augmenting the computer networking technology program, Collin College is one of six Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Instructor training centers in the U.S.