Isothermal Community College

  • Isothermal Community College exists to improve life through learning. Isothermal Community College is an institution committed to the journey charted by the concept of the Learning-Centered College.
School Highlights
  • Isothermal Community College serves 2,057 students (42% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Isothermal Community College is the only community colleges within Rutherford County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Isothermal Community College is McDowell Technical Community College (22.1 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 139 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Isothermal Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty139 staff139 staff
Isothermal Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Isothermal Community College has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Isothermal Community College diversity score of 0.27 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,057 students2,380 students
Isothermal Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio15:119:1
Isothermal Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students859 students1,019 students
Isothermal Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,198 students1,361 students
Isothermal Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Isothermal Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2009-2013)
% Hispanic
Isothermal Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Isothermal Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Isothermal Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Isothermal Community College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
Isothermal Community College Non Resident (2012-2013)
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.270.56
Isothermal Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Isothermal Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,200$27,500
Isothermal Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,358 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,502 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,358$3,911
Isothermal Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,502$9,514
Isothermal Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%78%
Isothermal Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,000$10,500
Isothermal Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,000$6,000
Isothermal Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Isothermal Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive, two-year, public institution that serves the individuals in Rutherford and Polk Counties. The College offers individual courses and certificate, diploma and degree programs that enable students to transfer to four-year institutions or to acquire skills for new or continued employment, as well as to function effectively as citizens in our society. In addition, the College provides training for area business and industry, personal enrichment courses, remedial and developmental courses and community service activities. Programs of study fall into two major categories: college transfer and career preparation. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Programs are designed primarily for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate of Applied Science Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs are designed for career preparation. Some Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs are also transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Isothermal Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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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.