New River Community College

5251 College Drive
Dublin, VA 24084-1127
Tel: (540)674-3600
  • New River Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning operating under a state-wide system of community colleges. The college serves those who live in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, and the city of Radford.
School Highlights
  • New River Community College serves 4,585 students (41% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 48:1 is higher than the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
  • New River Community College is the only community colleges within Pulaski County, VA.
  • The nearest community college is Wytheville Community College (23.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 96 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
New River 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 Faculty96 staff45 staff
New River Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,585 has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has increased from 46:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,585 students1,577 students
New River Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio48:137:1
New River Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,870 students717 students
New River Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,715 students860 students
New River Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
New River Community College Enrollment Breakdown VA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
New River Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
New River Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
New River Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
New River Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
New River Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
New River Community College Non Resident (2009-2016)
New River Community College Ethnicity Breakdown VA 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.0.220.62
New River Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
New River Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,200$29,600
New River Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,325 is less than the state average of $4,711. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,995 is less than the state average of $10,146. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,325$4,711
New River Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,995$10,146
New River Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid75%78%
New River Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,000$11,000
New River Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
New River Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1959 New River Community College began offering vocational/technical courses as a vocational/technical school to residents in the New River Valley. It is one of five colleges which developed from existing vocational/ technical schools into community colleges under 1966 General Assembly legislation which formed the Virginia Community College System. The college continued the occupational/technical programs in Machine Shop, Drafting and Design, Auto Mechanics, Practical Nursing, Industrial Electricity, Electronics, Instrumentation, Clerk Typing, and Stenography.Programs leading to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Business Management and Secretarial Science were added in the fall term of 1970. Degree programs designed for transfer to four-year colleges were also offered at that time. These included the Associate of Arts Degree program in Liberal Arts and the Associate in Science Degree programs in Science, Education, Business Administration, and General Studies. The college is located on a one-hundred acre site at the intersection of U.S. Routes 11 and 100 in Dublin, Virginia. The campus provides modern, well-equipped facilities for the vocational/technical programs as well as for university- parallel programs. The facilities contain labs for Administrative Support Technology, Accounting, Automotive, Drafting and Design, Electronics, Electricity, Fiber Optics, Forensic Science, Information Systems Technology, Instrumentation, Machine Shop, Natural Science classes, Network Design and Installation, Nursing, Programmable Logic Controllers, and Welding. New River Community College offers programs two years beyond the high school level. The college offers Occupational/Technical Education, University parallel/College transfer Education, General education, Continuing education, Customized training programs, Developmental courses NRCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,711 per year for in-state students and $10,146 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,996 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 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 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.