American Samoa Community College

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American Samoa Community College
ASCC logo2.png
MottoSaili le Atamai
Seek the Knowledge/To Seek Knowledge
TypePublic community college
EndowmentTerritory supported, grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration
PresidentDr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students1,537 undergraduates
14°19′18″S 170°44′32″W / 14.3217°S 170.7422°W / -14.3217; -170.7422
Campus20 acres (8.1 ha)
American Samoa Community College is located in American Samoa
American Samoa Community College
Location in American Samoa
American Samoa Community College

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) is a public community college in the village of Mapusaga, on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States. Only legal residents of American Samoa who have graduated from high school or obtained a General Equivalency Diploma are admitted to ASCC.

It is American Samoa’s only tertiary education institution. The main Mapusaga campus has a variety of two-year programs. Also associated with the college are a nursing school at LBJ Hospital and vocational facilities in the Tafuna Industrial Complex.[1]

ASCC awarded 139 degrees and certificates in 2016, including 75 Associate of Arts degrees, 60 Associate of Science degrees, 3 Certificate of Proficiency, and one Bachelor in Elementary Education. In 2016, the college had 1,254 enrolled full-time students and 553 enrolled part-time. Around 27 percent majored in liberal arts but other popular majors were business management, accounting, criminal justice, education, nursing and health science.[2]


American Samoa Community College was established in 1970. It started its first year with 474 attending school in Utulei at the old navy buildings that once were the High School of American Samoa (now Samoana High School). Enrollment increased to 550 in the fall of 1971 and 872 by the spring of 1972. The college originally offered an associate degree and transfer to baccalaureate-granting colleges. It offered vocational, teacher, adult education and manpower training. Nurse training was added in 1976. The college was granted one-year accreditation in 1973 and received entitlement to funds under the Higher Education Act of 1963. When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints closed its Mapusaga High School in 1974, the government of American Samoa purchased the buildings for $1.5 million, signed a 50-year lease for the 20-acre property, and moved the college here. The college received accreditation from the Commission of Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1976. The college’s new wing was constructed in 1978 at a cost of $3.5 million. ASCC received a $1.5 million federal grant in 1978 in order to establish a Teacher Corps project to improve the teaching quality.[3]

The college was established in 1970 as part of the American Samoa Department of Education to provide residents the opportunity to enjoy postsecondary education in the liberal arts, teacher training, vocational-technical education, and general education. The first freshman class had only 131 students. The school moved into a few buildings on the island before moving permanently to its current location in Mapusaga in 1974.[4]

In 1979, the U.S. Economic Development Administration provided a grant that allowed the college to add five modern buildings for the fine arts, nursing, science, and vocational training. ASCC was also able to add a cafeteria and a gymnasium. A new library was added in 2003. New administrative offices, lecture hall and two new teacher education classrooms were added in 2008. The computer and science labs were renovated and upgraded with funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act in 2011. Groundbreaking for the Multi-Purpose Center was initiated in 2013.[5]

The Health Care Center at ASCC opened in November 1985. The college also began a program to enable local nurses to take national tests as registered and licensed practical nurses.[6]


ASCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as certificate programs.

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  1. ^ Swaney, Deanna (1994). Samoa: Western & American Samoa: a Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet Publications. Page 179. ISBN 9780864422255.
  2. ^ (Page 44)
  3. ^ Sunia, Fofo I.F. (2009). A History of American Samoa. Amerika Samoa Humanities Council. Pages 307-308. ISBN 9781573062992.
  4. ^ "ABOUT ASCC". American Samoa Community College.
  5. ^ "ABOUT ASCC". American Samoa Community College.
  6. ^ Sunia, Fofo I.F. (2009). A History of American Samoa. Amerika Samoa Humanities Council. Page 328. ISBN 9781573062992.
  7. ^ "Woman in race for American Samoa governor". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Associated Press. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-11-03.

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