Southwest Virginia Community College

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, VA 24641-1101
Tel: (276)964-2555
  • Southwest Virginia Community College is a two-year institution of higher education established as a part of a state-wide system of community colleges serving primarily the residents of the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell and Tazewell. The College operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Local College Board. The institution is financed primarily by State funds supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.
School Highlights
  • Southwest Virginia Community College serves 2,546 students (48% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is same as the state community college average of 37:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
  • Southwest Virginia Community College is the only community colleges within Tazewell County, VA.
  • The nearest community college is Virginia Highlands Community College (29.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 68 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
Southwest Virginia 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 Faculty68 staff45 staff
Southwest Virginia Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,546 has declined by 21% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has declined by 40% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,546 students1,577 students
Southwest Virginia Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:137:1
Southwest Virginia Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,212 students717 students
Southwest Virginia Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,334 students860 students
Southwest Virginia Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwest Virginia Community College Enrollment Breakdown VA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Southwest Virginia Community College Hispanic (2011-2012)
% Black
Southwest Virginia Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwest Virginia Community College White (2007-2016)
Southwest Virginia 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.0.060.62
Southwest Virginia Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwest Virginia Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,500$29,600
Southwest Virginia Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,312 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 $7,982 is less than the state average of $10,146. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,312$4,711
Southwest Virginia Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,982$10,146
Southwest Virginia Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%78%
Southwest Virginia Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$11,000
Median Debt for Dropouts-$5,500
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • SwVCC is a part of the Virginia Community College System and is located in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nestled at the foot of the majestic Clinch Mountains, SwVCC has a campus of 100 acres of hills and rolling valleys. Southwest opened in 1968 and serves the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell and Tazewell. SwVCC is truly a comprehensive institution of higher education and offers more than 60 programs of study leading to the associate degree, diploma, certificate or career studies certificate. The College delivers programming to a wide range of business and industry needs through its off-campus sites, the continuing education division and instructional divisions of business and engineering technologies. Southwest Virginia Community College offers programs of traditional classroom instruction and technologically enhanced courses generally extending not more than two years beyond high school. Educational opportunities for adults and college-age youth include instruction in associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, as well as in continuing education. Counseling services and other student development programs assist students with decisions on occupational, educational, and personal goals. The College 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.