College of the Albemarle

Tel: (252)335-0821
2,408 students
Public institution
COA is a comprehensive community college committed to providing accessible education, training, and retraining for better jobs and better lives in Northeastern North Carolina.
School Highlights
College of the Albemarle serves 2,408 students (42% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
College of the Albemarle is the only community colleges within Pasquotank County, NC.
The nearest community college is Centura College-Chesapeake (30.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 153 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
College College of the Albemarle (NC) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 153 staff
122 staff

Student Body

The student population of 2,408 has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,408 students 2,069 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1
# Full-Time Students 1,019 students
967 students
# Part-Time Students 1,389 students
1,306 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.45 0.55

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,998 is less than the state average of $2,281. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,180 is less than the state average of $8,425. The out-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,998 $2,281
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,180 $8,425
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Whether you are a basic skills, continuing education, vocational, technical or college transfer student; or a community member seeking business & industry training or cultural enrichment, COA has much to offer. COA can help you meet your educational and career goals. Many of our services are free, and all of them are relatively inexpensive, making COA an affordable investment in your future. Elizabeth City became home to COA in 1961 when College of The Albemarle became the first community college in the state chartered under the Community College Act of 1957. In 1963, the college was approved as the first comprehensive community college in the North Carolina Community College System. The college's 75-acre Elizabeth City Campus is located on Highway U.S. 17 North in Elizabeth City. On that campus, six major buildings provide space for administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, a college bookstore, a student center, the Learning Resources Center, a lecture auditorium, a learning lab, the COA Auditorium, the Technology Center, a Basic Skills Lab, and a Health Sciences Center. Credits earned at College of The Albemarle in curricula leading to the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Fine Arts degree, and some of those leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree and the Associate in General Education degree, are transferable to senior colleges and universities for a higher degree. College of The Albemarle is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. College of The Albemarle is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Centura College-Chesapeake
    Private for-profit
    131 students | 30.30 Mi932 B Ventures Way
    Chesapeake VA  23320
  • 236 students | 31.30 Mi2211 S Military Hwy
    Chesapeake VA  23320
  • Everest College-Chesapeake
    Private for-profit
    671 students | 32.00 Mi825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100
    Chesapeake VA  23320
  • 586 students | 34.90 Mi301 Centre Pointe Dr
    Virginia Beach VA  23462
  • 717 students | 35.60 Mi5700 Southern Blvd Ste 100
    Virginia Beach VA  23462
Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,281 per year for in-state students and $8,425 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,944 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Pitt Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.