Virginia Highlands Community College

  • 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 2,286 students (41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 49%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 151 teachers has grown by 32% over five years.
Virginia Highlands Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty151 staff129 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Virginia Highlands Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The Virginia Highlands Community College diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,286 students2,199 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:118:1
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# Full-Time Students927 students914 students
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# Part-Time Students1,359 students1,285 students
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% Asian
1%
7%
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% Hispanic
2%
12%
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% Black
3%
21%
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% White
92%
51%
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% Two or more races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.150.67
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College Completion Rate
33%
33%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,700$29,600
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Tuition Cost 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 6% 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 Aid90%84%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Virginia Highlands Community College is Southwest Virginia Community College (24.0 miles away).
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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 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.