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630 S. Main St.
Dobson, NC 27017-8432
p. 336-386-8121
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Surry Community College

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Introduction

Surry Community College in Dobson, NC offers a small campus and some unique programs, including one of the state’s few viticulture programs.

More and more students are choosing community colleges to start their academic careers or for job retraining as the current economic downturn puts pressure on workers to retool and students to find a less expensive way to pursue a higher education. Surry offers all the benefits of a community college experience, lower costs, and a more nurturing, student-focused environment than the more intense world of four-year colleges.

In addition to the main Dobson campus, the college also has satellite campuses in Mount Airy, Yadkinville, Pilot Mountain and Elkin.

Academics

Like most community colleges, Surry Community College offers a variety of academic programs for college students seeking to transfer to four-year schools as well as career programs for students looking for a fast track to new skills that will make them more employable.

Popular Majors

Surry Community College offers about 40 areas of study for its students. The most popular majors include:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Health programs

The college has a student to faculty ratio of 14-to-one, providing students with small class sizes and ample opportunities to get individualized instruction from teachers at Surry Community College.

Military Friendly College

G.I. Jobs, a military-themed publication aimed at helping soldiers find employment, recently rated Surry Community College as a military-friendly college for the second year in a row. The designation is given to colleges who offer services that cater to the needs of military students.

Online Classes

The college recently received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to purchase equipment, support faculty and beef up its online learning programs to better help prepare workers for today’s competitive job market. Like many colleges and universities, SCC has been ramping up its distance learning programs in recent years. Currently, students can take a large number of SCC courses online and can even earn five degrees and seven career certificates solely from distance education courses.

Dual Credit

The college offers programs allowing high school students to take courses at SCC for college and high school credit and a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and associate’s degree.

Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas, and Americans schools in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

One unique program offered by Surry Community College is its viticulture program, which prepares students for careers as winemakers and vineyard managers. The program recently opened the $5 million Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology. The 16,000 square foot facility has labs, classrooms and a bonded winery. Students in SCC’s viticulture program have won national and international awards for their wines, and the center is expected to contribute skilled labor to North Carolina’s emerging wine industry.

Admissions

Surry Community College has an open admissions policy, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. However, some SCC programs have selective admissions. The college’s nursing programs have grade requirements, the medical assisting program has competitive admissions, and the physical therapy assistant program has testing requirements.

Students applying to the university are required to submit high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, documentation of civic or community involvement, character references, class rank, and extracurriculars. Students may also be required to take a placement test to determine whether they need remedial courses.

As of Sept. 2011, the university has no application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to Surry Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of North Carolina, the college and other organizations for which students may qualify. For example, the Surry Community College Foundation provides scholarships for students with financial need who meet certain requirements.

The college’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as loans, that students can use to attend classes at Surry Community College. The office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 57 percent of Surry Community College students receive financial aid of some type.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6151st for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in North Carolina.

Students

Surry Community College has an enrollment of about 3,200 students and offers nearly 30 official clubs and organizations for students to participate in, including professional and academic organizations, religious groups, arts groups and recreation groups.

Like most community colleges, Surry Community College does not have on-campus housing, however the college does offer some amenities for students. The college offers tutoring and counseling services, along with campus security to ensure that Surry is a safe school. The college also offers a number of non-credit courses in fun subjects such as the arts and cooking.

Surry Community College has joined a growing number of community college campuses that have become tobacco free, adopting policies barring the usage of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

Surry Community College has a proud athletic tradition of excellence. Surry is a member of the NJCAA and competes in Region X of the Carolinas College Conference, which consists of community colleges in North and South Carolina. The college fields teams in men’s baseball and golf; and women’s volleyball, softball and golf.

The men’s baseball team has competed in several NJCAA World Series since its inception in the late 90s. The women’s softball team is a recent addition to the athletic offerings of SCC. The women’s volleyball team has won seven Region X championships, five district championships and has made eight appearances in national tournament events.

Surry Community College teams are known as the Knights.

Bibliography

  • “Surry Community College.” Surry Community College. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2011. <http://www.surry.edu/index.html>
  • Gonsher, Debra A., and Joshua Halberstam. The community college guide: the essential reference from application to graduation. Dallas, Tex.: BenBella Books, 2009. Print.
  • The College Board College Handbook, 2010 . 47th ed. New York: College Board, 2009. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 82nd in North Carolina and 2439th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.50
Larceny 34 2.12
Vehicle theft 3 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dobson, NC 27017-8432
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population8,577 (N/A urban / 8,577 rural)
Households3,210 (2.61 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,215
Families2,380 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3742nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,288 $2,288 $8,432
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $113 $113 $113
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,101 $4,101 $10,245
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,556 $16,556 $22,700
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,026 $12,026 $18,170

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,236 $2,419 $2,236 $2,419 $8,380 $8,563
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,700(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,330(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,630 $4,125
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,030 $7,525

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 6 24 27 2 1 539 630
Accounting 2 1 28 31
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 1 1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 2 2
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 9 10
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 7 7
Building/Property Maintenance 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 28 30
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 3 12 16
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 2 4
Commercial and Advertising Art 15 18
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1 1 40 47
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 17 18
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 10 12
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 7 10
Electrician 1 1 13 15
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 10 12
Elementary Education and Teaching
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 3 3
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
General Studies 1 16 18
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 30 32
Information Science/Studies 1 1 2
Information Technology 12 12
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 3 5 9
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 11 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 25 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 6 4 1 125 145
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 13 14
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 2 2
Medical Office Management/Administration 2 2 21 27
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 2 10 13
Office Management and Supervision 1 3 5
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 9 12
Pre-Nursing Studies
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 35 43
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 3 3
Viticulture and Enology 3 4
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
Welding Technology/Welder 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3649th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,187 ($47,210 male / $45,067 female)
Number of FT Faculty 101 (35 male / 66 female)
Number of PT Faculty 471
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,341,536

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