ASCC is located on Tutuila, the largest of American Samoa's seven
islands in the village of Mapusaga, nine miles west of Pago Pago,
the territory's center of trade and commerce. American Samoa lies
about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii and 1,800 miles northeast
of New Zealand. Tutuila comprises approximately three-fourths of
American Samoa's 76 square miles and is home to 90% of its population
of nearly 60,000. The other six islands are Aunu'u, Ofu, Olosega,
Ta’u, Swains and Rose Atoll.
In July of 1970, ASCC was established as part of
the American Samoa Department of Education. The first freshman class
of 131 attended classes in the old Lands and Survey Building (the
current site of the Lumana'i Building) in Fagatogo. The following
year the College was moved to the old Fia Iloa High School building
in Utulei. The move to a permanent campus was made in September
of 1974, when ASCC took over the site of the former Mapusaga High
In 1979, a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration
enabled ASCC to complete five new buildings, with modern facilities
for instruction in science, nursing, fine arts and vocational education,
as well as a student cafeteria and a gymnasium.
In 2003, dedication ceremonies were held for a new, state of the
art library at ASCC.
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