Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Tel: (828)254-1921
8,050 students
Public institution
A-B Tech, the community's College, is dedicated to student success. As a comprehensive community College, A-B Tech is committed to providing accessible, quality educational opportunities for lifelong learning to meet the diverse and changing needs of our community.
School Highlights:
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College serves 8,050 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Buncombe County County, NC.
The nearest community college is South College-Asheville (4.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 299 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical 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 299 staff
60 staff
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 8,050 teachers has grown by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 29% over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,050 students
1,269 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 27:1
21:1
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
3,150 students
810 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 4,900 students
1,017 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College sch enrollment Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
1%
2%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
5%
7%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
7%
12%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
81%
57%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
5%
3%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College sch ethnicity Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College sta ethnicity
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. 0.22 0.53
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,003 is less than the state average of $5,740. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,119 is less than the state average of $10,252. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,003 $5,740
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,119 $10,252
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
89%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has served as the community's premier technical educator for many years. Originally funded by a bond election, the institution was established Sept. 1, 1959, and named the Asheville Industrial Education Center. Following legislation creating the North Carolina System of Community Colleges that was enacted in 1963 by the General Assembly, the name was changed on Jan. 27, 1964, to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. This legislation enabled the College to confer the Associate in Applied Science degree for the first time at graduation ceremonies in August 1964. The College offers the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Science, and the Associate in Applied Science degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs are offered in the Division of Arts and Sciences. All career curricula and courses are offered through three divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Business and Hospitality Education, and Engineering and Applied Technology. In addition, noncredit academic, avocational, practical skills, and occupational classes and activities are offered through the Continuing Education Division. Continuing Education courses includes Adult Basic Education, Human Resources Development, New and Expanding Industry Training, Small Business Center, Total Quality Management, and Focused Industrial. More than 25,000 students are enrolled in curriculum and continuing education courses, giving us the largest headcount of any college or university in Western North Carolina. Yet despite our size, we offer small classes, averaging 16 students per instructor in our two-year degree and one-year diploma programs. The main campus is located off Victoria Road in Asheville, North Carolina, a city repeatedly named as one of the most livable towns in America. The Madison Campus is located in Marshall, NC. The Enka Campus is located in the Enka community near Asheville, NC.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,193 per year for in-state students and $8,050 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,460 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 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Robeson Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.