Virginia College-Birmingham

488 Palisades Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35209-0000
Tel: (205)802-1200
  • 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 5 community colleges within Jefferson County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is Herzing University-Birmingham (0.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 135 teachers has declined by 37% over five years.
Virginia College-Birmingham(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty135 staff73 staff
Virginia College-Birmingham Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,818 has declined by 66% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.04 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has declined by 91% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,818 students1,756 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio21:128:1
Virginia College-Birmingham Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,747 students1,004 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,071 students752 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Virginia College-Birmingham Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students1,697 students1,004 students
# Graduate Students50 students3 students
Virginia College-Birmingham Graduation BreakDown AL All Graduation Breakdown
% Hispanic
-
2%
Virginia College-Birmingham Hispanic (2008-2013)
% Black
1%
24%
Virginia College-Birmingham Black (2007-2016)
% White
1%
61%
Virginia College-Birmingham White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
-
1%
Virginia College-Birmingham More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
98%
10%
Virginia College-Birmingham Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.040.56
Virginia College-Birmingham Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,900$29,700
Virginia College-Birmingham Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Virginia College-Birmingham In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$13,932$8,152
Virginia College-Birmingham Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
Virginia College-Birmingham % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$18,331$11,500
Virginia College-Birmingham Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,002
Virginia College-Birmingham Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate64%61%
Virginia College-Birmingham Percent Admitted (2007-2010)
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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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,713 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.