• Virginia Highlands Community College promotes lifelong learning by providing quality, affordable higher education including workforce training programs that enable community members to succeed in today's world.

School Highlights

Virginia Highlands Community College serves 2,086 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 7% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,086 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,170
  • Out-state tuition: $10,008
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 7%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 151 teachers has grown by 91% over five years.
Virginia Highlands Community College
(VA) 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
151 staff
129 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Virginia Highlands Community College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The Virginia Highlands Community College diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.66. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,086 students
2,050 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
843 students
843 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,243 students
1,243 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
145 students
232 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
843 students
802 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
169 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,243 students
1,243 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
20 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
476 students
% Asian
1%
7%
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% Hispanic
1%
12%
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% Black
1%
21%
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% White
93%
52%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score
0.13
0.66
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.31%
2.29%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.19%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$26,700
$29,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,170 is more than the state average of $3,736. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,008 is more than the state average of $8,977. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,170
$3,736
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,008
$8,977
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
91%
85%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$11,000
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$5,500
Acceptance Rate
n/a
71%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Virginia Highlands Community College was established on November 30, 1967 by action of the State Board for Community Colleges, and assigned a service region of Washington County, the western portion of Smyth County, and the city of Bristol, Virginia. Today it is one of 23 community colleges within the Virginia Community College System. During its first academic year, 1969-1970, VHCC began delivering the occupational-technical programs that formerly were offered by the Washington County Technical School. More than 300 students enrolled in the first Virginia Highlands classes, which were offered at night in the technical school's facilities. The College moved to its permanent 100-acre campus during the summer of 1970 and, in response to the community's needs, expanded its course offerings to include both occupational-technical programs and baccalaureate-transfer programs. The college buildings are located on a 100 acre campus occupied for the first time in the 1970 summer session. These modern buildings include laboratories, shops, classrooms, offices and a library. In the fall of 1986 the college opened a new 40,000 square feet Learning Resources Center/Business Technologies Building which added dramatically to the educational services available to the region. In the summer of 1994, students, faculty, staff, and administration began using a new 22,000 square feet OccupationalTechnical Center building. There are labs for the air conditioning, heating, general engineering technologies and police science curricula plus a number of offices for faculty and administrators. Virginia Highlands Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Virginia Highlands Community College cost?

Virginia Highlands Community College's tuition is approximately $4,170 for In-State students and $10,008 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,086 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,170
  • Out-state tuition: $10,008
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 7%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,736 per year for in-state students and $8,977 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,561 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Virginia is American National University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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