Tri-County Community College

  • Tri-County Community College is an accredited, comprehensive, publicly-supported, two-year post-secondary institution which operates in accordance with North Carolina Law and the administrative policies of the North Carolina Community College System. Located in the westernmost tip of North Carolina, the College serves commuter students in a remote, rural area consisting of Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties by providing college transfer, vocational, technical, and adult education programs.

School Highlights

Tri-County Community College serves 1,083 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American), which is less than the state average of 45%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 178 teachers has grown by 178% over five years.
Tri-County Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty178 staff256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Tri-County Community College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
The Tri-County Community College diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,083 students2,330 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio6:110:1
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# Full-Time Students363 students727 students
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# Part-Time Students720 students1,603 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
4%
12%
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% Black
1%
21%
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% White
88%
55%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score0.220.64
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College Completion Rate
26%
26%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$24,300$27,500
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,363 is less than the state average of $3,920. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,507 is less than the state average of $9,538. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,363$3,920
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,507$9,538
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid88%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,500$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$6,000
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The roots of Tri-County Community College date back to mid 1964, when political and educational leaders of Cherokee County met with representatives of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. That same year, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved The Tri-County Industrial Education Center to operate as a part of the State Department of Community Colleges. Tri-County Community College have two campuses. Both are located in areas of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains that are among the most beautiful and charming places on earth. Quality of life is high. Costs are low. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, attracting visitors from around the world, year-round. We have no residential facilities on campus, but there are plenty of folks near us who can accommodate student housing needs. Academic programs currently being offered are designed within one of the following general categories: Technical-Programs classified as technical confer an Associate in Applied Science Degree. These programs are normally four or five semesters in length; General Education- The general education program confers an Associate Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length, and it is designed for those individuals who normally desire only two years of college; College Transfer- The program classified as college transfer confers an Associate in Arts Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length and is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a senior institution for completion of a four year degree. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Tri-County Community College is Young Harris College (12.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Young Harris College
    Young Harris College Photo
    Private, non-profit
    1,396 students | 12.00 Mi1 College Street
    Young Harris, GA 30582
    (800) 241-3754
    12.001,396
  • Truett McConnell University
    Private not-for-profit
    3,055 students | 33.90 Mi100 Alumni Dr
    Cleveland, GA 30528
    (706) 865-2134
    33.903,055
  • 2,697 students | 38.50 Mi1500 Georgia Hwy 197 N
    Clarkesville, GA 30523
    (706) 754-7700
    38.502,697
  • 2,324 students | 47.10 Mi447 College Drive
    Sylva, NC 28779
    (828) 339-4000
    47.102,324
  • 1,103 students | 48.60 Mi100 Campus Drive
    Jasper, GA 30143
    (706) 253-4500
    48.601,103
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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,920 per year for in-state students and $9,538 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,438 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 score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Richmond Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.