Virginia College-Birmingham

  • Virginia College is a private institution of higher education committed to offering associate degrees, diploma courses, and baccalaureate degrees at its various campuses. These programs strengthen the student?s ability to enter or advance in a chosen career. The student?s learning experience and placement opportunities are enhanced through studies that provide a balance of general academics, technical skills and personal growth.
School Highlights
  • Virginia College-Birmingham serves 2,818 students (62% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • Virginia College-Birmingham is one of 6 community colleges within Jefferson County, AL.
  • The nearest community college to Virginia College-Birmingham is Herzing University Birmingham (0.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Virginia College-Birmingham places among the top 20% of community colleges in Alabama for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 135 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Virginia College-Birmingham(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty135 staff73 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Virginia College-Birmingham has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Virginia College-Birmingham diversity score of 0.04 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has declined by 96% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,818 students1,756 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:128:1
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# Full-Time Students1,747 students1,004 students
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# Part-Time Students1,071 students752 students
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# Undergraduate Students1,697 students1,004 students
# Graduate Students50 students3 students
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% Hispanic
-
2%
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% Black
1%
24%
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% White
1%
61%
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% Two or more races
-
1%
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% Unknown races
98%
10%
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Diversity Score0.040.56
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,900$29,500
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $13,932 is more than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $13,932 is more than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$13,932$5,427
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Out-State Tuition Fees$13,932$8,152
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$18,331$11,250
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,500
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Acceptance Rate64%75%
This chart display the percent admitted of Virginia College-Birmingham and the community college average percent admitted of AL by year, with the latest 2009-10 school year data.
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Virginia College was founded by the Atlantis Group, Inc., in 1983 and then purchased by Career Futures, Inc., in 1989. The College opened its first branch campus in Birmingham, Alabama, in February 1992, and this became the main campus in 1995. In April 1993, the College opened its second branch campus in Huntsville, Alabama. Education Corporation of America acquired Virginia College in mid 1999. The College opened its third branch campus in Jackson, Mississippi, in January 2000. Medical Career Centers in Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama, became part of the Virginia College family in July 2001. A fourth branch campus was opened in Austin, Texas, in January 2002. The most recent additions are Virginia College Technical, which opened in Pelham, Alabama, in January 2003, and Virginia College Gulf Coast at Biloxi, Mississippi, which held its first classes in November 2005. Virginia College also operates Virginia College Online, offering educational opportunities to students anywhere via the internet while allowing students located near on-ground campuses to have a choice of taking classes online, in the traditional classroom, or in a combination of both. Virginia College at Birmingham offers a wide variety of programs, resulting in both diplomas and associate degrees in such diverse fields as office or business management, computer technologies, health & medical, criminal justice, interior design and visual communications. The Virginia College at Birmingham campus also offers Bachelor's degrees in several fields such as business or office management, interior design, criminal justice or computer technologies and a masters degree (MBA) in Business Adminstration. Programs Offered at Birmingham includes Business Administration, Fraud Investigation, Health Services Management, Human Resource Management, Master of Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Services Management, Healthcare Reimbursement, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Management, Orthopaedic Technology, Personal Fitness Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Therapeutic Massage, Applied Management Information Systems, Computer Programming, Database Administration and Design, Help Desk Support Technician, Network Engineering, Network Security, Animation and Game Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Design Visualization, Interior Design, Internet Webmaster, Multimedia/CAD Managment, Visual Communications, Accounting Assistant, Accounting Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Office Management and Paralegal Studies. Virginia College specializes in providing the education and training demanded by a competitive job market. Virginia College at Birmingham, Alabama, offers the benefits of small class sizes and flexible schedules, allowing you to earn the education you want at a time that's most convenient for you. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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