Isothermal Community College

Tel: (828)286-3636
2,390 students
Public institution
Isothermal Community College exists to improve life through learning. Isothermal Community College is an institution committed to the journey charted by the concept of the Learning-Centered College.
School Highlights:
Isothermal Community College serves 2,390 students (44.52% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Isothermal Community College is the only community colleges within Rutherford County, NC.
The nearest community college is McDowell Technical Community College (22.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 144 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College Isothermal Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 144 staff
61 staff
Isothermal Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,390 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.28 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,390 students 1,296 students
Isothermal Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1
Isothermal Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,064 students
810 students
Isothermal Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,326 students
1,036 students
Isothermal Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Isothermal Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Isothermal Community College Asian (2009-2013)
% Hispanic
Isothermal Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Isothermal Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Isothermal Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Isothermal Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Isothermal Community College Non Resident (2011-2013)
Isothermal Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.28 0.53
Isothermal Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,342 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,486 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,342 $5,694
Isothermal Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,486 $10,252
Isothermal Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
Isothermal Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Isothermal Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive, two-year, public institution that serves the individuals in Rutherford and Polk Counties. The College offers individual courses and certificate, diploma and degree programs that enable students to transfer to four-year institutions or to acquire skills for new or continued employment, as well as to function effectively as citizens in our society. In addition, the College provides training for area business and industry, personal enrichment courses, remedial and developmental courses and community service activities. Programs of study fall into two major categories: college transfer and career preparation. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Programs are designed primarily for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs are designed for career preparation. Some Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs are also transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Isothermal Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,422 per year for in-state students and $8,179 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,443 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 67%. 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 0.60, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.