South College-Asheville

140 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803-0000
Tel: (828)398-2500
  • The mission of the college is to identify and facilitate quality programs of study that bring students together in an academic setting which encourages the development of educated, responsible professionals who meet the demands of our employment market.
School Highlights
  • South College-Asheville serves 283 students (81% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • South College-Asheville is one of 2 community colleges within Buncombe County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (4.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 33 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
South College-Asheville(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty33 staff139 staff
South College-Asheville Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 283 has grown by 23% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 31% over five years.
Total Enrollment283 students2,380 students
South College-Asheville Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio9:120:1
South College-Asheville Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students229 students1,019 students
South College-Asheville Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students54 students1,361 students
South College-Asheville Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South College-Asheville Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
South College-Asheville Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
South College-Asheville Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South College-Asheville Black (2007-2016)
% White
South College-Asheville White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South College-Asheville More (2012-2016)
South College-Asheville 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.0.290.55
South College-Asheville Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$23,800$27,500
South College-Asheville Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $19,375 is more than the state average of $16,754. The private state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$19,375$16,754
South College-Asheville In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%78%
South College-Asheville % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$24,750$10,500
South College-Asheville Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,092
South College-Asheville Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • A private, co-educational, nonsectarian academic institution, South College-Asheville offers varied and well-balanced programs at the associate and certificate levels. Robert Talmadge Cecil founded South College-Asheville, formerly Cecils Business College, in 1905. The college's first classes were held in the Oates Building on North Pack Square but was relocated throughout the years to several different locations in downtown Asheville, including College, Haywood, and Broadway Streets, as enrollment and faculty numbers grew. The college soon became one of the highest rated schools of its kinds in the Carolinas and was one of the first colleges to identify itself with the National Association of Accredited Commercial Schools, an organization of more than 100 of the best business colleges in the United States. South College-Asheville is located on an eight-acre campus off Patton Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina. The building contains 8,400 square feet of modern classrooms, computer laboratories, a medical laboratory equipped with modern equipment, and other conveniences for the use of students. The college offers Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting, Network Technology, Office Technology, Paralegal Studies and Physical Therapist Assistant. The college offers certificates for Administrative Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist, Microcomputer Operator and Surgical Technology. South College-Asheville is a junior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award AAS degrees and certificates. The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Medical Assistant Education.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 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 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 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.