Dabney S Lancaster Community College

School Highlights
  • Dabney S Lancaster Community College serves 1,257 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 43%.
  • Dabney S Lancaster Community College is the only community colleges within Alleghany County, VA.
  • The nearest community college to Dabney S Lancaster Community College is American National University (36.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Dabney S Lancaster Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 42 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Dabney S Lancaster Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty42 staff45 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Dabney S Lancaster Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Dabney S Lancaster Community College diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,257 students1,577 students
Student:Teacher Ratio30:136:1
# Full-Time Students410 students717 students
# Part-Time Students847 students860 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.170.62
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,600$29,400

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,324 is less than the state average of $4,550. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,994 is less than the state average of $9,760. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,324$4,550
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,994$9,760
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%78%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$9,400$10,502
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$4,750$5,500
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college known for teaching excellence, quality support services and responsiveness to business and industry training needs. In September 1964, students were admitted for the first time to the Clifton-Forge-Covington Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In the first two years, this branch college offered programs available at the parent institution, as well as a certificate program in secretarial science. In 1965, a pre-college foundation program was added. This was expanded into the general community college program in 1966. Beginning with the summer quarter in 1967, all programs of this community college came under the control of the Virginia State Board for Community College. The College itself was renamed Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, honoring the prominent Virginia educator and long-time resident of the College's service area. DSLCC offers over 40 programs in academic, professional, and technical areas, as well as continuing education, workforce training, seminars, and more. Flexible scheduling, off-campus offerings, and distance learning options make higher education convenient and affordable. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts and Sciences (A.A.& S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees.

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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,550 per year for in-state students and $9,760 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,297 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.