Tri-County Community College

Tel: (828)837-6810
1,104 students
Public institution

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Tri-County Community College is an accredited, comprehensive, publicly-supported, two-year post-secondary institution which operates in accordance with North Carolina Law and the administrative policies of the North Carolina Community College System. Located in the westernmost tip of North Carolina, the College serves commuter students in a remote, rural area consisting of Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties by providing college transfer, vocational, technical, and adult education programs.
School Highlights:
Tri-County Community College serves 1,104 students (52% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority American and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.
Tri-County Community College is the only community colleges within Cherokee County, NC.
The nearest community college is Durham Technical Community College (8.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 93 teachers has grown by 32% over five years.
Tri-County 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 93 staff
59 staff
Tri-County Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,104 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 20:1 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,104 students
1,282 students
Tri-County Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
Tri-County Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
578 students
810 students
Tri-County Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 526 students
1,017 students
Tri-County Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Tri-County Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Tri-County Community College Asian (2010-2013)
% Hispanic
Tri-County Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
% White
% Unknown races
Tri-County Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
Tri-County 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
Tri-County Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,346 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,490 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,346 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,490 $10,294
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 33%
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The roots of Tri-County Community College date back to mid 1964, when political and educational leaders of Cherokee County met with representatives of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. That same year, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved The Tri-County Industrial Education Center to operate as a part of the State Department of Community Colleges. Tri-County Community College have two campuses. Both are located in areas of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains that are among the most beautiful and charming places on earth. Quality of life is high. Costs are low. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, attracting visitors from around the world, year-round. We have no residential facilities on campus, but there are plenty of folks near us who can accommodate student housing needs. Academic programs currently being offered are designed within one of the following general categories: Technical-Programs classified as technical confer an Associate in Applied Science Degree. These programs are normally four or five semesters in length; General Education- The general education program confers an Associate Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length, and it is designed for those individuals who normally desire only two years of college; College Transfer- The program classified as college transfer confers an Associate in Arts Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length and is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a senior institution for completion of a four year degree. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Durham Durham Technical Community College
    1637 Lawson Street
    Durham, NC 27703
    8.4  Mi  |  5625  students
  • Graham Alamance Community College
    1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
    Graham, NC 27253
    19  Mi  |  4472  students
  • Cary Miller-Motte College-Cary
    Private for-profit
    2205 Walnut Street
    Cary, NC 27518
    24  Mi  |  379  students
  • Cary ITT Technical Institute-Cary
    Private for-profit
    5520 Dillard Drive Suite 100
    Cary, NC 27518
    24.3  Mi  |  308  students
  • Raleigh Living Arts College
    Private for-profit
    3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27614
    26.6  Mi  |  525  students
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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.