Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Tel: (828)254-1921
  • 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 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Buncombe County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is South College-Asheville (4.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 304 teachers has declined by 14% 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
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 7,507 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,507 students2,380 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:120:1
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,270 students1,019 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,237 students1,361 students
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College More (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC 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.0.300.55
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,400$27,500
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,033 is less than the state average of $3,904. 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 $9,565. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,033$3,904
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,396$9,565
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%78%
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,075$10,500
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,750$6,092
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • South College-Asheville
    Private, for profit
    283 students | 4.60 Mi140 Sweeten Creek Road
    Asheville NC  28803
  • 2,088 students | 19.60 Mi180 West Campus Drive
    Flat Rock NC  28731
  • 2,069 students | 21.20 Mi185 Freedlander Drive
    Clyde NC  28721
  • Brevard College
    Private, non-profit
    705 students | 24.90 MiOne Brevard College Drive
    Brevard NC  28712
  • 1,056 students | 33.90 Mi54 College Drive
    Marion NC  28752
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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 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 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.