Southwest Virginia Community College

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, VA 24641-1101
  • 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 higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • 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 to Southwest Virginia Community College is Virginia Highlands Community College (29.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Southwest Virginia Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 68 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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
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Student Body

  • The student population of Southwest Virginia Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southwest Virginia Community College diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,546 students1,577 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio37:136:1
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# Full-Time Students1,212 students717 students
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# Part-Time Students1,334 students860 students
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% Hispanic
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8%
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% Black
2%
22%
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% White
97%
57%
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Diversity Score0.060.62
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College Completion Rate
35%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,500$29,400
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,312 is less than the state average of $4,550. 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 $9,760. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,312$4,550
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,982$9,760
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
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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