Catawba Valley Community College

  • The mission of Catawba Valley Community College is to empower individuals and enrich the community by providing quality education and workforce training for economic and personal development.

School Highlights

Catawba Valley Community College serves 4,610 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 45%.

Top Rankings

Catawba Valley Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 229 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Catawba Valley Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-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 Faculty229 staff144 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Catawba Valley Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has increased from 13:1 over five years.
The Catawba Valley Community College diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has grown by 19% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,610 students2,123 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio20:118:1
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# Full-Time Students1,684 students761 students
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# Part-Time Students2,926 students1,362 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
7%
2%
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% Hispanic
10%
10%
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% Black
7%
22%
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% White
69%
55%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.500.63
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College Completion Rate
28%
25%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$27,500
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,502 is less than the state average of $2,528. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,646 is more than the state average of $8,242. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,502$2,528
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,646$8,242
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%77%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,388$11,173
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,895
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Through the concerted efforts of concerned and united Catawba County citizens and North Carolina educational leaders, on April 3, 1958, Catawba Valley Community College was established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the ninth school of its kind in the state. In July 1963. the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted into law G.S. 115A which provided for the establishment of the present North Carolina System of Community Colleges. On January 9, 1964, Catawba Valley Technical Institute was among the original seven institutes chartered by the Department. At that time, CVTI established its own Board of Trustees and began operation as a member of the Department of Community Colleges. Thus, it was in August 1964, that the College awarded its first Associate Degree in Applied Science. Catawba Valley Community College, located about half way between Hickory and Newton on Highways 70 and 321, is in Catawba County, North Carolina. The campus covers 120 acres and includes ten buildings for a total of 270.000 square feet of floor space. In addition, there is a college Art Center on the Startown Highway, an Education Center in downtown Newton, the Alexander County Center, Balls Creek Center, and an East Campus. CVCC offers a variety of education programs including but not limited to the following: College Transfer, Automotive Systems, Business, Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Environmental Life Science, Furniture Technology, Health Science, Humanities, Industrial Technologies, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Corporate & Continuing Education. CVCC offers a variety of vocational and technical education programs that can be completed in two years or less. Our College transfer programs are designed to give students the first two years of a four-year college education. A student's experience at Catawba Valley Community College does not begin and end in the classroom. Various activities, opportunities, and functions of a social and professional nature are offered by Student Government in order to provide a well rounded campus atmosphere. The College encourages participation in student organizations and activities. Programs sponsored include Fall and Spring Flings, N4C SGA conferences, co-curricular activities, NJCAA women's volleyball and NJCAA men's basketball and much more.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Catawba Valley Community College is Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (15.3 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,581 students | 15.30 Mi2855 Hickory Boulevard
    Hudson, NC 28638
    (828) 726-2200
    15.303,581
  • 1,779 students | 22.70 Mi1001 Burkemont Ave
    Morganton, NC 28655
    (828) 438-3500
    22.701,779
  • 3,164 students | 22.80 Mi500 W Broad Street
    Statesville, NC 28677
    (704) 878-3200
    22.803,164
  • 5,362 students | 28.40 Mi201 Hwy 321 S
    Dallas, NC 28034
    (704) 922-6200
    28.405,362
  • 2,601 students | 30.70 Mi1328 South Collegiate Dr
    Wilkesboro, NC 28697
    (336) 838-6100
    30.702,601
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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,528 per year for in-state students and $8,242 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $25,071 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 79%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Richmond Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.