Virginia Highlands Community College

Tel: (276)739-2400
2,519 students
Public institution
Virginia Highlands Community College promotes lifelong learning by providing quality, affordable higher education including workforce training programs that enable community members to succeed in today�s world.
School Highlights:
Virginia Highlands Community College serves 2,519 students (42% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 7% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
Virginia Highlands Community College is the only community colleges within Washington County, VA.
The nearest community college is Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College (12.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 85 teachers has declined by 9% over five years.
Virginia Highlands 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 85 staff
59 staff
Virginia Highlands Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,519 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 27:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.08 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 100% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,519 students
1,282 students
Virginia Highlands Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
Virginia Highlands Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,057 students
810 students
Virginia Highlands Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,462 students
1,017 students
Virginia Highlands Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Virginia Highlands Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Virginia Highlands Community College Asian (2008-2013)
% Hispanic
Virginia Highlands Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Virginia Highlands Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Virginia Highlands Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Virginia Highlands Community College More (2010-2013)
Virginia Highlands 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. 0.08 0.53
Virginia Highlands Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,990 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,828 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,990 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,828 $10,294
Virginia Highlands Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
Virginia Highlands Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Virginia Highlands Community College was established on November 30, 1967 by action of the State Board for Community Colleges, and assigned a service region of Washington County, the western portion of Smyth County, and the city of Bristol, Virginia. Today it is one of 23 community colleges within the Virginia Community College System. During its first academic year, 1969-1970, VHCC began delivering the occupational-technical programs that formerly were offered by the Washington County Technical School. More than 300 students enrolled in the first Virginia Highlands classes, which were offered at night in the technical school's facilities. The College moved to its permanent 100-acre campus during the summer of 1970 and, in response to the community's needs, expanded its course offerings to include both occupational-technical programs and baccalaureate-transfer programs. The college buildings are located on a 100 acre campus occupied for the first time in the 1970 summer session. These modern buildings include laboratories, shops, classrooms, offices and a library. In the fall of 1986 the college opened a new 40,000 square feet Learning Resources Center/Business Technologies Building which added dramatically to the educational services available to the region. In the summer of 1994, students, faculty, staff, and administration began using a new 22,000 square feet Occupational\Technical Center building. There are labs for the air conditioning, heating, general engineering technologies and police science curricula plus a number of offices for faculty and administrators. Virginia Highlands Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree.

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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,698 per year for in-state students and $9,315 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,228 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia 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 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.