American Samoa Community College

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American Samoa Community College
ASCC logo2.png
MottoSaili le Atamai
Seek the Knowledge/To Seek Knowledge
Type2-year 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 is a two-year WASC college located in the village of Mapusaga, on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States. Pago Pago, the capital of the territory and its center of commerce, is approximately 4.75 miles to the northeast of the school.

Only legal residents of American Samoa who have graduated from high school or obtained a General Equivalency Diploma are admitted to ASCC.


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.

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.


ASCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as Certificate programs in the areas of liberal arts, teacher training, vocational-technical education, and general education. Other academic programs include:

  • Agriculture and Life Science
  • Art, Music and Drama
  • Business
  • College and Life Planning
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • English Language Institute
  • Health and Human Services
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education
  • Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Samoan Language and Culture
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Trades and Technology

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  1. ^ "Woman in race for American Samoa governor". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Associated Press. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-11-03.

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