Virginia Highlands Community College

100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA 24212-0828
Tel: (276)739-2400
2,505 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 2,505 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 7% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.
Virginia Highlands Community College is the only community colleges within Washington County, VA.
The nearest community college is Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College (12.40 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 79 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
College Virginia Highlands Community College (VA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Private for-profit
Total Faculty 79 staff 38 staff

Student Body

The student population of 2,505 has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.61. The school's diversity has grown by 62% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,505 students 839 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 32:1 34:1
# Full-Time Students 1,095 students 582 students
# Part-Time Students 1,410 students 847 students
% Hispanic
2%
8%
% Black
4%
21%
% White
93%
58%
% Two or more races
1%
2%
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. 0.13 0.61

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,810 is less than the state average of $9,648. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,573 is less than the state average of $10,167. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,810 $9,648
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,573 $10,167
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93% 87%
Source: 2014 (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 $3,684 per year for in-state students and $9,118 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,291 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 82%. 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 0.61, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Sanford-Brown College-Tysons Corner. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.