Catawba Valley Community College

Tel: (828)327-7000
  • 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 4,742 students (44% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Catawba Valley Community College is the only community colleges within Catawba County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Catawba Valley Community College is Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (15.6 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 229 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
Catawba Valley 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 Faculty229 staff139 staff
Catawba Valley Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Catawba Valley Community College has grown by 18% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Catawba Valley Community College diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,742 students2,380 students
Catawba Valley Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio21:119:1
Catawba Valley Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,100 students1,019 students
Catawba Valley Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,642 students1,361 students
Catawba Valley Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Catawba Valley Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Catawba Valley Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2010-2016)
% Asian
Catawba Valley Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Catawba Valley Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Catawba Valley Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Catawba Valley Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Catawba Valley Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.420.56
Catawba Valley Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Catawba Valley Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,700$27,500
Catawba Valley Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,502 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,646 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,502$3,911
Catawba Valley Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,646$9,514
Catawba Valley Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid67%78%
Catawba Valley Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,835$10,500
Catawba Valley Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2008-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,000$6,092
Catawba Valley Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,911 per year for in-state students and $9,514 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,515 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 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.