Western Piedmont Community College

1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton, NC 28655-4511
Tel: (828)438-6000
School Highlights
  • Western Piedmont Community College serves 2,056 students (48% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Western Piedmont Community College is the only community colleges within Burke County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (14.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 164 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Western Piedmont Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty164 staff139 staff
Western Piedmont Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,056 has declined by 30% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 20:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,056 students2,380 students
Western Piedmont Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:120:1
Western Piedmont Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students997 students1,019 students
Western Piedmont Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,059 students1,361 students
Western Piedmont Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Western Piedmont Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Western Piedmont Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2012-2016)
% Asian
9%
2%
Western Piedmont Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
3%
6%
Western Piedmont Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
5%
21%
Western Piedmont Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
82%
63%
Western Piedmont Community College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
-
1%
Western Piedmont Community College Non Resident (2008-2012)
Western Piedmont Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC 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.0.320.55
Western Piedmont Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
19%
16%
Western Piedmont Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,200$27,500
Western Piedmont Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,417 is less than the state average of $3,904. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,561 is less than the state average of $9,565. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,417$3,904
Western Piedmont Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,561$9,565
Western Piedmont Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%78%
Western Piedmont Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$5,250$10,500
Western Piedmont Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,092
Western Piedmont Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.