Wilkes Community College

  • As a public, two-year, "open door" institution, Wilkes Community College is committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, the college seeks to enhance intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development through a variety of means, by providing quality education, training and retraining for the workforce, including basic skills education, occupational, technical, and pre-baccalaureate programs; support for economic development through services to business and industry, both public and private; and a variety of services and cultural activities that improve the quality of life.

School Highlights

Wilkes Community College serves 2,601 students (42% 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 21% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 45%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 179 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Wilkes Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty179 staff144 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Wilkes Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Wilkes Community College diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has grown by 92% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,601 students2,123 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:118:1
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# Full-Time Students1,095 students761 students
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# Part-Time Students1,506 students1,362 students
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% Asian
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2%
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% Hispanic
9%
10%
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% Black
3%
22%
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% White
79%
55%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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Diversity Score0.360.63
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College Completion Rate
26%
25%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,600$27,500
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,444 is less than the state average of $2,528. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,588 is more than the state average of $8,242. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,444$2,528
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,588$8,242
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%77%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$11,173
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,492$5,895
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Wilkes Community College is Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (25.7 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,528 per year for in-state students and $8,242 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $25,071 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Richmond Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.