Central Virginia Community College

  • Central Virginia Community College, a two-year institution established as a member of the Virginia Community College System, provides State-supported educational facilities beyond the high school level for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. The curricula and programs of the College serve more than 228,000 people within this geographical jurisdiction.

School Highlights

Central Virginia Community College serves 3,813 students (34% 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 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 49%.

Top Rankings

Central Virginia Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 234 teachers has grown by 95% over five years.
Central Virginia Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High 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 Faculty234 staff129 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Central Virginia Community College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The Central Virginia Community College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,813 students2,199 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:118:1
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# Full-Time Students1,298 students914 students
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# Part-Time Students2,515 students1,285 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
2%
7%
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% Hispanic
4%
12%
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% Black
17%
21%
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% White
70%
51%
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% Two or more races
5%
5%
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% Unknown races
2%
3%
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Diversity Score0.480.67
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College Completion Rate
32%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,400$29,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,248 is more than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,068 is more than the state average of $8,977. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,248$3,736
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,068$8,977
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,868$11,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,250$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Early in 1965, a local committee was formed to investigate the needs and feasibility of a community college for the Central Virginia region; and in July, 1966, the State Board for Community Colleges selected Central Virginia as a community college location to serve the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell. The site selected, where Central Virginia Community College presently stands, was approved by the State and Local Boards because of its geographic center to the service area's population and accessibility to all major highways in the area. With academic excellence its aim in all areas, the College offers various programs to meet the diverse needs of the region it serves. Its two-year college transfer programs in arts and sciences and in certain pre-professional areas lead to associate degrees and offer courses generally acceptable for transfer to four-year institutions. Its occupational and technical programs lead to diplomas, certificates, or associate of applied science degrees and are designed to prepare individuals for certain professions. Its other programs, including developmental work, special training for industry, and community service, offer instruction commensurate with the needs of individuals, groups or the area at large.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Central Virginia Community College is Virginia Western Community College (44.1 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.