Institution Profile: Richland College
Enrollment: Approx. 17,000
Richland College is located on approximately 243 acres of former farmland adjacent to the cities of Richardson and Garland.1 The institution was established in 1972 and is one of the seven campuses comprising the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). When they arrived for classes in the fall of 1972, students shared their campus lawn with sheep grazing on the farmland and ducks on the lakes separating the campus buildings. The campus was carefully planned around the natural landscape and today students and staff still enjoy and protect those first campus ducks’ descendants.
The diverse student body of 17,000 is estimated to include 55% women, 45% men; 1/3 full-time, 2/3 part-time; 72% baccalaureate-bound; 42% Anglo-American, 20% African-American, 18% Hispanic, 13% Asian-American, and 5% international. In 2003, Thunderduck Hall, the newest of six buildings added since 1972, opened as the college’s one-stop student enrollment “front door.” Construction of another building, the Sabine Hall, is also currently underway. Funds from the 2004 bond election will add $54 million in new construction by 2010.2