Blue Ridge Community College

  • 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 3,834 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 49%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 237 teachers has grown by 64% over five years.
Blue Ridge Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty237 staff129 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Blue Ridge Community College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The Blue Ridge Community College diversity score of 0.46 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,834 students2,199 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:118:1
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# Full-Time Students1,212 students914 students
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# Part-Time Students2,622 students1,285 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
2%
7%
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% Hispanic
13%
12%
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% Black
5%
21%
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% White
72%
51%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
3%
5%
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% Non Resident races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
4%
3%
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Diversity Score0.460.67
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College Completion Rate
32%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$29,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,794 is more than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,632 is more than the state average of $8,977. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,794$3,736
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,632$8,977
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$11,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Blue Ridge Community College is Piedmont Virginia Community College (31.0 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,736 per year for in-state students and $8,977 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,561 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.