Blue Ridge Community College

School Highlights

Blue Ridge Community College serves 2,332 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 45%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 273 teachers has grown by 77% over five years.
Blue Ridge Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty273 staff256 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

School Calendar

View the Blue Ridge Community College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • Last Day of Summer Term July 27, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • Fall Break - NO Classes October 17, 2022 (Monday)
  • End of Semester - Last day of classes December 13, 2022 (Tuesday)

Student Body

The student population of Blue Ridge Community College has grown by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Blue Ridge Community College diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,332 students2,330 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio9:110:1
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# Full-Time Students678 students727 students
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# Part-Time Students1,654 students1,603 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
13%
12%
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% Black
4%
21%
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% White
75%
55%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
4%
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Diversity Score0.420.64
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College Completion Rate
11%
26%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,700$27,500
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,304 is less than the state average of $3,920. The in-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,448 is less than the state average of $9,538. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,304$3,920
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,448$9,538
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,700$12,026
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,625
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Blue Ridge Community College is one of 58 institutions that operate under the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The creation of BRCC dates back to 1963, when the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a system of comprehensive community colleges and technical institutes in areas of the state that had a need for institutions of higher learning. A few years later, the residents of Henderson County approved a bond issue and a special tax levy to provide funds for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a school facility to serve the community. Henderson County Technical Institute opened its doors in December 1969 and the first course was offered on January 8, 1970. The first full-time curriculum classes began the following semester on September 14, 1970. Shortly after, in October of 1970, the Board of Trustees changed the name from Henderson County Technical Institute to Blue Ridge Technical Institute. Then nine years later they renamed the school Blue Ridge Technical College. The Board of Trustees approved the current name, Blue Ridge Community College 1987. Blue Ridge Community College Henderson County Campus is located on 128 acres on College Drive, between Airport Road and South Allen Road in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The 13-building complex provides over 358,000 square feet of floor space. In addition to offices, classrooms, laboratory space and student center areas, facilities also include a distance learning center, a 66,000-square foot Applied Technology Building, a comprehensive library, an Environmental and Safety Training Center, teaching and performance auditoriums, and a state-of-the-art Technology and Education Development Center that includes virtual training, television and audio recording studios, and a 1,000- seat conference hall. The Transylvania County Campus is located on nine acres on the corner of Oak Park Drive and Osborne Road in Brevard, North Carolina. The two-building complex houses instructional and office space, an Applied Technology Building completed in 2008, and the Blue Ridge Innovation Network, a 3,500 square-foot facility for small business incubation. Situated near the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at an altitude of 2,140 feet, the College is easily accessible via Interstate 26, Highways 64, 25, 191, and 176. Commercial air service is provided by several major airlines which serve the Asheville Regional Airport located twelve miles north of Hendersonville. The location between the metropolitan areas of Asheville, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina, place the College near the center of a rapid growth area in southwestern North Carolina. This location is also near several vacation/recreation destinations which include Flat Rock, the Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, Bat Cave, Chimney Rock, Biltmore House, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blue Ridge Community College is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.), the Associate in Science Degree (A.S.), the Associate in Fine Arts Degree (A.F.A.), the Associate in General Education (A.G.E.), and the Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.Sc.). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Blue Ridge Community College.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Blue Ridge Community College is South College - Asheville Campus (17.8 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 303 students | 17.80 Mi140 Sweeten Creek Road
    Asheville, NC 28803
    (828) 398-2500
    17.80303
  • 7,003 students | 19.70 Mi340 Victoria Rd
    Asheville, NC 28801
    (828) 254-1921
    19.707,003
  • Brevard College
    Private not-for-profit
    751 students | 20.70 MiOne Brevard College Drive
    Brevard, NC 28712
    (828) 884-8332
    20.70751
  • 2,086 students | 28.90 Mi286 ICC Loop Road
    Spindale, NC 28160
    (828) 286-3636
    28.902,086
  • 1,632 students | 32.10 Mi185 Freedlander Drive
    Clyde, NC 28721
    (828) 627-2821
    32.101,632
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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,920 per year for in-state students and $9,538 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.