- COA is a comprehensive community college committed to providing accessible education, training, and retraining for better jobs and better lives in Northeastern North Carolina.
College of the Albemarle serves 2,508 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is same as the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 2,508 students
- In-state tuition: $2,102
- Out-state tuition: $7,404
- Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
- Minority enrollment: 30%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
College of the Albemarle ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:
Debt For Students
The teacher population of 274 teachers has grown by 79% over five years.
College of the Albemarle
(NC) Community College Avg.
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of College of the Albemarle has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The College of the Albemarle diversity score of 0.49 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $2,102 is less than the state average of $2,531. 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 $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does College of the Albemarle cost?
College of the Albemarle's tuition is approximately $2,102 for In-State students and $7,404 for Out-State students.
What is College of the Albemarle's ranking?
College of the Albemarle ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Least expensive tuition and Least debt for graduating students.
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