Virginia Western Community College

  • The mission of Virginia Western Community College is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality that are affordable and accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.Virginia Western endeavors to fulfill this mission by fostering the belief that all people should have an equal opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and values. The College promotes this concept by making quality higher education available through its open door admission policy, affordable tuition, financial assistance, and student support services.
School Highlights
  • Virginia Western Community College serves 8,632 students (29% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 48:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
  • Virginia Western Community College is the only community colleges within Roanoke City County, VA.
  • The nearest community college to Virginia Western Community College is American National University (4.5 miles away).

Top Placements

Virginia Western Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 181 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Virginia Western Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty181 staff45 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Virginia Western Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Virginia Western Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,632 students1,577 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio48:136:1
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# Full-Time Students2,527 students717 students
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# Part-Time Students6,105 students860 students
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% Asian
2%
6%
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% Hispanic
2%
8%
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% Black
10%
22%
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% White
83%
57%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
-
1%
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Diversity Score0.300.62
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College Completion Rate
23%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,400$29,400
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,174 is less than the state average of $4,550. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,624 is less than the state average of $9,760. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,174$4,550
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,624$9,760
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%86%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$10,502
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Virginia Western Community College is a two-year public institution of higher education operating under a statewide system of community colleges. The College operates under the policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Virginia Western Community College Board. The service region of the College includes Roanoke, Salem, Roanoke County, Craig County, southern Botetourt County, and northern Franklin County. Day, evening, and weekend classes are provided on a 70-acre campus located in Southwest Roanoke. Classes are also offered at off-campus locations in the area. The College was established in 1966 and has grown from an initial enrollment of 1,352 to its current enrollment of over 9,000. Virginia Western provides an extensive schedule of course offerings and programs to serve the diverse needs of students, including Associate Degree programs to prepare individuals for transfer as upper-division students to baccalaureate degree programs in four-year colleges and universities, Associate Degree programs to prepare individuals for careers as technical and paraprofessional workers and Certificate and Career Studies programs, which prepare individuals for careers as technicians, skilled, and semi-skilled workers. Virginia Western Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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Did You Know?
For Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,550 per year for in-state students and $9,760 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,297 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.