• 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 991 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 991 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,363
  • Out-state tuition: $8,507
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 8%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 178 teachers has grown by 161% over five years.
Tri-County Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
178 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Tri-County Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Tri-County Community College diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
991 students
2,142 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
427 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
564 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
808 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
427 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
564 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
4%
10%
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% Black
1%
18%
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% White
92%
60%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
% Unknown races
1%
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score
0.15
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
40%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$24,300
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,363 is less than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,507 is more than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,363
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,507
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
91%
81%
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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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Acceptance Rate
n/a
82%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Tri-County Community College cost?

Tri-County Community College's tuition is approximately $2,363 for In-State students and $8,507 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 991 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,363
  • Out-state tuition: $8,507
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 8%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,531 per year for in-state students and $8,245 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $27,763 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Durham Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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