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 1,273 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is same as the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 11% of the student body (majority American), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Tri-County Community College is the only community colleges within Cherokee County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Tri-County Community College is Durham Technical Community College (8.4 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 68 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Tri-County Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty68 staff139 staff
Tri-County Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Tri-County Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Tri-County Community College diversity score of 0.20 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,273 students2,380 students
Tri-County Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio19:119:1
Tri-County Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students550 students1,019 students
Tri-County Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students723 students1,361 students
Tri-County Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Tri-County Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Tri-County Community College Asian (2011-2013)
% Hispanic
Tri-County Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Tri-County Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Tri-County Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.200.56
Tri-County Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Tri-County Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$24,300$27,500
Tri-County Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,363 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,507 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,363$3,911
Tri-County Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,507$9,514
Tri-County Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid16%78%
Tri-County Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,500$10,500
Tri-County Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$6,000
Tri-County Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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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 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.