College of the Albemarle

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  • COA is a comprehensive community college committed to providing accessible education, training, and retraining for better jobs and better lives in Northeastern North Carolina.
School Highlights
  • College of the Albemarle serves 2,408 students (42% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • College of the Albemarle is the only community colleges within Pasquotank County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is Centura College-Chesapeake (30.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 153 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
College of the Albemarle(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty153 staff139 staff
College of the Albemarle Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,408 has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,408 students2,380 students
College of the Albemarle Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio16:120:1
College of the Albemarle Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,019 students1,019 students
College of the Albemarle Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,389 students1,361 students
College of the Albemarle Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
College of the Albemarle Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
College of the Albemarle American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
College of the Albemarle Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
College of the Albemarle Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
College of the Albemarle Black (2007-2016)
% White
College of the Albemarle White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
College of the Albemarle More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
College of the Albemarle Non Resident (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
College of the Albemarle Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.450.55
College of the Albemarle Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
College of the Albemarle Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,600$27,500
College of the Albemarle Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,102 is less than the state average of $3,904. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,404 is less than the state average of $9,565. The out-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,102$3,904
College of the Albemarle In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,404$9,565
College of the Albemarle Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%78%
College of the Albemarle % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,625$10,500
College of the Albemarle Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2014)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,888$6,092
College of the Albemarle Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2014)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Whether you are a basic skills, continuing education, vocational, technical or college transfer student; or a community member seeking business & industry training or cultural enrichment, COA has much to offer. COA can help you meet your educational and career goals. Many of our services are free, and all of them are relatively inexpensive, making COA an affordable investment in your future. Elizabeth City became home to COA in 1961 when College of The Albemarle became the first community college in the state chartered under the Community College Act of 1957. In 1963, the college was approved as the first comprehensive community college in the North Carolina Community College System. The college's 75-acre Elizabeth City Campus is located on Highway U.S. 17 North in Elizabeth City. On that campus, six major buildings provide space for administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, a college bookstore, a student center, the Learning Resources Center, a lecture auditorium, a learning lab, the COA Auditorium, the Technology Center, a Basic Skills Lab, and a Health Sciences Center. Credits earned at College of The Albemarle in curricula leading to the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Fine Arts degree, and some of those leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree and the Associate in General Education degree, are transferable to senior colleges and universities for a higher degree. College of The Albemarle is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. College of The Albemarle is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 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 scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.