Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

  • 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 7,507 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Buncombe County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is South College - Asheville Campus (4.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 304 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty304 staff139 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment7,507 students2,380 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:119:1
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# Full-Time Students2,270 students1,019 students
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# Part-Time Students5,237 students1,361 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
6%
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% Black
6%
21%
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% White
83%
62%
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% Two or more races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
6%
Diversity Score0.300.56
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College Completion Rate
28%
16%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,400$27,500
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,033 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,396 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,033$3,911
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,396$9,514
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,075$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,750$6,000
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Source: 2016 (or 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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