Virginia College-Birmingham

488 Palisades Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35209
Tel: (205)802-1200
2,818 students
Public institution
  • Virginia College is a private institution of higher education committed to offering associate degrees, diploma courses, and baccalaureate degrees at its various campuses. These programs strengthen the student?s ability to enter or advance in a chosen career. The student?s learning experience and placement opportunities are enhanced through studies that provide a balance of general academics, technical skills and personal growth.
School Highlights
Virginia College-Birmingham serves 2,818 students (62% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
Virginia College-Birmingham is one of 6 community colleges within Jefferson County, AL.
The nearest community college is Herzing University-Birmingham (0.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 135 teachers has declined by 37% over five years.
Virginia College-Birmingham (AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 135 staff 70 staff
Virginia College-Birmingham Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 2,818 has declined by 66% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.04 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has declined by 91% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,818 students 1,398 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,747 students 869 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,071 students 676 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Virginia College-Birmingham Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students 1,697 students 869 students
# Graduate Students 50 students 3 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Graduation BreakDown AL All Graduation Breakdown
% Black
1%
25%
Virginia College-Birmingham Black (2006-2014)
% White
1%
61%
Virginia College-Birmingham White (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
98%
9%
Virginia College-Birmingham Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.04 0.56
Virginia College-Birmingham Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $11,787 is more than the state average of $4,140. The in-state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $11,787 is more than the state average of $7,410. The out-state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $11,787 $4,140
Virginia College-Birmingham In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $11,787 $7,410
Virginia College-Birmingham Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Virginia College was founded by the Atlantis Group, Inc., in 1983 and then purchased by Career Futures, Inc., in 1989. The College opened its first branch campus in Birmingham, Alabama, in February 1992, and this became the main campus in 1995. In April 1993, the College opened its second branch campus in Huntsville, Alabama. Education Corporation of America acquired Virginia College in mid 1999. The College opened its third branch campus in Jackson, Mississippi, in January 2000. Medical Career Centers in Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama, became part of the Virginia College family in July 2001. A fourth branch campus was opened in Austin, Texas, in January 2002. The most recent additions are Virginia College Technical, which opened in Pelham, Alabama, in January 2003, and Virginia College Gulf Coast at Biloxi, Mississippi, which held its first classes in November 2005. Virginia College also operates Virginia College Online, offering educational opportunities to students anywhere via the internet while allowing students located near on-ground campuses to have a choice of taking classes online, in the traditional classroom, or in a combination of both. Virginia College at Birmingham offers a wide variety of programs, resulting in both diplomas and associate degrees in such diverse fields as office or business management, computer technologies, health & medical, criminal justice, interior design and visual communications. The Virginia College at Birmingham campus also offers Bachelor's degrees in several fields such as business or office management, interior design, criminal justice or computer technologies and a masters degree (MBA) in Business Adminstration. Programs Offered at Birmingham includes Business Administration, Fraud Investigation, Health Services Management, Human Resource Management, Master of Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Services Management, Healthcare Reimbursement, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Management, Orthopaedic Technology, Personal Fitness Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Therapeutic Massage, Applied Management Information Systems, Computer Programming, Database Administration and Design, Help Desk Support Technician, Network Engineering, Network Security, Animation and Game Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Design Visualization, Interior Design, Internet Webmaster, Multimedia/CAD Managment, Visual Communications, Accounting Assistant, Accounting Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Office Management and Paralegal Studies. Virginia College specializes in providing the education and training demanded by a competitive job market. Virginia College at Birmingham, Alabama, offers the benefits of small class sizes and flexible schedules, allowing you to earn the education you want at a time that's most convenient for you. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
Jefferson County, AL 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 0.39, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Jefferson County, AL is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.