635 Community College Rd
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
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  • 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 3,117 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 2% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 49%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,117 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,312
  • Out-state tuition: $7,982
  • Student:teacher ratio: 46:1
  • Minority enrollment: 2%
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

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Southwest Virginia Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 68 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
Southwest Virginia Community College
(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
68 staff
129 staff
This chart display total faculty of Southwest Virginia Community College and community college average number of faculty in VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Southwest Virginia Community College has grown by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has increased from 37:1 over five years.
The Southwest Virginia Community College diversity score of 0.04 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,117 students
2,199 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Southwest Virginia Community College and community college average number of enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
46:1
18:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Southwest Virginia Community College and community college average student staff ratio of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,118 students
914 students
This chart display the total number of Full-Time students enrollment of Southwest Virginia Community College and average number of community college Full-Time students enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
1,220 students
1,285 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Southwest Virginia Community College and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Southwest Virginia Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of VA.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
476 students
% Asian
n/a
7%
% Hispanic
n/a
12%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Southwest Virginia Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2011-12 school year data.
% Black
2%
21%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Southwest Virginia Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
98%
51%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Southwest Virginia Community College and the percentage of White community college students in VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
n/a
5%
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
n/a
3%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Southwest Virginia Community College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in VA.
Diversity Score
0.04
0.67
This chart display the diversity score of Southwest Virginia Community College and the community college average diversity score of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
33%
33%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Southwest Virginia Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of VA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$27,500
$29,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Southwest Virginia Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of VA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,312 is less than the state average of $3,736. 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 $8,977. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,312
$3,736
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Southwest Virginia Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,982
$8,977
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Southwest Virginia Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Tuition Notes
In-state tuition is $156.75 per credit hour. Out-of-state tuition is $354.35 per credit hour.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
96%
84%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Southwest Virginia Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in VA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
64%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
12 sports
Sports
Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Campus Crusade for Christ, Epsilon Pi Tau, eSports, Helping Minds Club, Honors Club, Intervoice Club, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Latent Image Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Practical Nursing Club, Project Achieve, Red Cross Club, Registered Nursing Club, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club, Student Veterans' Assocation, Take Action for the Benefit of Animals, The Game Room Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Music Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Southwest Adventure Team (Outdoor Club)
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Southwest 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, SWCC 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. SWCC 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.
Profile last updated: 07/13/2022

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,117 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,312
  • Out-state tuition: $7,982
  • Student:teacher ratio: 46:1
  • Minority enrollment: 2%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,736 per year for in-state students and $8,977 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,561 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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