• 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 2,435 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,435 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,444
  • Out-state tuition: $8,588
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 17%
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

The teacher population of 376 teachers has grown by 110% over five years.
Wilkes Community College
(NC) 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
376 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Wilkes Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 7:1 over five years.
The Wilkes Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,435 students
2,259 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
938 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,497 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
185 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
938 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,497 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
10%
10%
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% Black
1%
18%
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% White
83%
60%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
4%
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score
0.30
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
1.52%
1.51%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$25,600
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,444 is less than the state average of $2,531. 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 $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,444
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,588
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
90%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$8,000
$11,865
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Wilkes Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,846
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Wilkes Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
82%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Wilkes Community College cost?

Wilkes Community College's tuition is approximately $2,444 for In-State students and $8,588 for Out-State students.

What schools are Wilkes Community College often compared to?

Wilkes Community Collegeis often viewed alongside schools like Surry Community College by visitors of our site.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,435 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,444
  • Out-state tuition: $8,588
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 17%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,531 per year for in-state students and $8,245 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $27,763 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 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Durham Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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