• 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 7,003 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 45%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,003 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,033
  • Out-state tuition: $7,396
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 24%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 645 teachers has grown by 82% over five years.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
645 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 25:1 over five years.
The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,003 students
2,330 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,026 students
727 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,977 students
1,603 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
654 students
277 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,026 students
727 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
35 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,977 students
1,603 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
617 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
11%
12%
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% Black
5%
21%
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% White
76%
55%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
3%
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score
0.41
0.64
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
3.68%
1.51%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,400
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,033 is less than the state average of $3,923. The in-state tuition has declined by 20% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,396 is less than the state average of $9,541. The out-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,033
$3,923
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,396
$9,541
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
66%
76%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$15,520
$11,865
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,500
$5,846
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
60%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College cost?

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College's tuition is approximately $2,033 for In-State students and $7,396 for Out-State students.

What is Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College's ranking?

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Least expensive tuition, Largest student body, Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation) and Highest completion rates.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 7,003 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,033
  • Out-state tuition: $7,396
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 24%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,923 per year for in-state students and $9,541 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,438 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Richmond Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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