Isothermal Community College

286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160-0804
Tel: (828)286-3636
  • 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 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Isothermal Community College is the only community colleges within Rutherford County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is McDowell Technical Community College (22.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 139 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Isothermal Community College (NC) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 139 staff 122 staff
Isothermal Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,057 has declined by 18% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.27 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has declined by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,057 students 2,273 students
Isothermal Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1 20:1
Isothermal Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 859 students 967 students
Isothermal Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 1,198 students 1,306 students
Isothermal Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Isothermal Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Isothermal Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2010-2013)
% 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
Isothermal Community College 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. 0.27 0.55
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 -
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 $3,902. 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 $9,562. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,358 $3,902
Isothermal Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,502 $9,562
Isothermal Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 79%
Isothermal Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $8,000 -
Isothermal Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $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 $3,902 per year for in-state students and $9,562 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,051 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 73%. 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 0.66. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.