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29300 Lankford Hwy
Melfa, VA 23410
p. 757-789-1789
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Eastern Shore Community College

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Fully accredited and known for offering a wide variety of programs to the surrounding area, Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) is an excellent choice for anyone who is interested in pursuing higher learning in the form of a two-year course of study. Students can choose between earning associate degrees in arts or sciences, or decide instead to enroll in one of the school’s numerous certificate or technical programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a growing number of students who enroll at ESCC end up completing their four-year bachelor degrees elsewhere in Virginia.

Located in Melfa, Virginia, Eastern Shore offers classes not just in the classrooms of its campus, but also online, to meet with the growing demand to integrate technology and remote learning into the community college experience. The Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees that the school offers are designed to provide the overall educational experience of the first two years of college, with a broad overview covering everything from history and mathematics to English and the social sciences. For those who are planning on continuing their education and earning a bachelor’s degree after their time at ESCC, the transfer programs have gained in popularity and offer a lot more options.

Some of the most popular transfer program concentrations include science, education, business administration, and liberal arts. Students who continue on to earn their bachelor’s go both in state and out-of-state.

For those who are looking for more hands-on training that will assist in joining the workforce immediately after school, there are many different options at ESCC that afford that opportunity. The college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in a number of fields, from nursing and radiologic technology to early childhood education and electronics technology. Students can also earn certificates after completing two semesters’ worth of coursework in electronics, practical nursing, welding, and information systems technology.

There are also one- and two-semester certificate options available at the college in programs such as banking, medical coding and billing, and the long-term care assistant program.

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ESCC runs on a semester system, meaning that students interested in starting out in the spring should have their application in by the time that the fall semester preceding it begins. First-time college students should submit their completed application form, GED or high school diploma, and high school transcript. Those who are transferring from another college should also include their college transcript to receive transfer credit. Certain technical programs might require additional materials, so it is always best to check with the program administration before sending off the application.

Financial Aid

With any form of college quite the investment, Eastern Shore understands the need for students to find reliable financial aid. Most students attending ESCC receive some form of financial aid from the state or federal government. The best advice that the counselors in the school’s Financial Aid Office have is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. Students can also drop by the Financial Aid Office during business hours to schedule appointments for other concerns, from finding scholarships to figuring out how deal with loans.

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Students attending ESCC enjoy the advantage of having a contemporary campus that includes an expansive library, numerous areas for studying, a cafeteria, and other staples of college life. There is ample parking, since the student body commutes to and from school, and there is an on-campus bookstore for all of those required reading needs. Students have their choice of a number of different clubs and organizations, most of them centered around particular concentrations or areas of study. There is also a student newspaper, and various organized trips to go hiking and skiing in the mountains.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Because so many students attending the college are focused on obtaining their degrees or certificates quickly, there is no official on-campus sports program. However, many students do take part in athletic pursuits in their leisure time.

Information Summary

Ranks 79th in Virginia and 3238th 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 N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Melfa, VA 23410
Surrounding communityRemote rural area (over 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population2,482 (N/A urban / 2,482 rural)
Households988 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,340
Families700 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Small
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 District5102

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3619th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,660 $3,660 $8,970
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $285 $285 $825
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $123 $123 $299
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 $5,045 $5,045 $10,895
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,977 $14,977 $20,827
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,365 $9,365 $15,215

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,332 $3,654 $3,332 $3,654 $9,172 $9,440
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $974 $986
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,108 $5,276
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,220 $4,300
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,220 $4,300

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 75 7 95 2 182
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 6 7
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 5 2 7
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 9 1 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 8 1 4 13
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 1 2 9
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 3 5 8
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 6 1 23 1 33
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 2 31 1 47
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 11 16 27
Medical/Clinical Assistant 6 1 1 8
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Real Estate
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Welding Technology/Welder 4 1 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2654th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,935 ($54,529 male / $55,405 female)
Number of FT Faculty 17 (10 male / 7 female)
Number of PT Faculty 67
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $476,295

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