Blue Ridge Community College

Tel: (540)234-9261
  • Blue Ridge Community College operates within the Virginia Community College System to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of the Central Shenandoah Valley, ensuring that all individuals have life-long opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, and values. The College offers programs and courses of instruction through the associate degree level.
School Highlights
  • Blue Ridge Community College serves 4,388 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
  • Blue Ridge Community College is the only community colleges within Augusta County, VA.
  • The nearest community college is Piedmont Virginia Community College (31.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 135 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Blue Ridge Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty135 staff45 staff
Blue Ridge Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,388 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,388 students1,577 students
Blue Ridge Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:137:1
Blue Ridge Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,680 students717 students
Blue Ridge Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,708 students860 students
Blue Ridge Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Blue Ridge Community College Enrollment Breakdown VA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Blue Ridge Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Blue Ridge Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Blue Ridge Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Blue Ridge Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Blue Ridge Community College Hawaiian (2013-2016)
% Two or more races
Blue Ridge Community College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Blue Ridge Community College Ethnicity Breakdown VA 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.0.220.62
Blue Ridge Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Blue Ridge Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$29,600
Blue Ridge Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,794 is more than the state average of $4,711. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,632 is more than the state average of $10,146. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,794$4,711
Blue Ridge Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,632$10,146
Blue Ridge Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%78%
Blue Ridge Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,613$11,000
Blue Ridge Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
Blue Ridge Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College has served the residents of the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for over 30 years. Its comprehensive program of instruction includes associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs. The College also provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry. As a comprehensive institution of higher education, Blue Ridge offers diverse programs of instruction generally extending not more than two years of full-time study. We offer a variety of academic programs including occupational technical training as well transfer programs. The college offer courses that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities to help save you time and money. Blue Ridge 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 $4,711 per year for in-state students and $10,146 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,996 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. 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 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.