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Abingdon, VA 24212-0828
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Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Highlands Community College Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes)

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Academics

The Southern Highlands of Virginia Appalachian country is where students find themselves attending classes at VHCC, a two-year college known for the breathtaking vistas on campus as well as its commitment to practical education for local residents. Founded in the late-1960s, when it began offering technical classes to a few hundred students, Virginia Highlands Community College has blossomed into a 100-acre plus campus with over 3,000 students and 100 permanent faculty members in classrooms annually.

Students at VHCC can complete the initial two years of a baccalaureate degree or train for a career directly in one of the hands-on programs. In the Liberal Arts Department, students can start working on a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, Music, Religion, Psychology and other majors, or just lay down the foundations with a general education before transferring to complete the degree at a 4-year institution. VHCC also offers a number of programs for students who wish to begin the process of becoming a teacher.

In the Business and Information Technology Department, students can work directly to master a trade and begin a career or complete the first half of their bachelor’s degree studies. Students can train in Accounting, Business Administration, Health Information Technology, Web Design, Information Systems Technology and more.

VHCC students can also pursue a career in nursing through the Virginia Appalachia TriCollege program. Combining seminars in the classroom and entry into the real world of nursing, this program is one of the most challenging offered at VHCC. Other popular programs of study at VHCC include the Science and Horticulture Program as well as the Engineering and Industrial Tech course of study.

Accreditation for the associate degree curriculum at VHCC comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. In addition, specific programs at VHCC receive individual accreditation, including the Nursing Program (from the Virginia State Board of Nursing), the Radiography Program (from the Joint Review Commission on Radiography Ed) and EMS Tech Curriculum (by the Allied Health Committee on Accreditation).

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Admissions

The application process for VHCC is simplified extensively, essentially granting acceptance to any student over 18 years of age who can demonstrate completion of the local high school curriculum. Applications can be completed online. If you are opting for one of the Allied Health careers, you will need to fill out further paperwork. Along with these forms, transcripts from your high school (or the GED diploma equivalencies) must be forwarded to VHCC’s Admissions Office. Placement tests will also be on the agenda before students can begin classwork, as these evaluations will determine the best course of study for each student. There are numerous different sessions throughout the year at VHCC, so check the school website for specific deadlines.

Financial Aid

Students hoping for financial assistance while attending VHCC should begin the process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing this form online will get the process moving along. Students can use the code supplied by the Financial Aid Office at VHCC. Over 70% of VHCC students are receiving assistance in one form or another. In some cases, scholarships and grants can provide the student with money for tuition and expenses that does not need to be paid back. Beyond that, the options include loans for students and their parents, participation in the Work-Study employment program or taking advantage of the tuition payment plan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 596th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Virginia.

Students

Students at VHCC have a number of options if they wish to extend their reach beyond the classroom, something recommended for the real college experience. While there is no on campus housing, students can get to know one another through an intramural sport program like flag football, volleyball or basketball. The “Campus Craze Days” bring everyone together in the Campus Commons, allowing students the opportunity to mingle and get to know their classmates outside of the study halls. Of course, formal clubs like the College Democrats, the Christian Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government and the Horticulture Club are also open to anyone who wishes to explore their interests.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball

Local Community

The picturesque area in which VHCC is situated elicits the affection of many students who attend classes here. Whether it is scenic trails or stunning mountain peaks that hold a student’s attention, there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know this incredible area more thoroughly.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in Virginia and 2847th 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

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 5 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 5 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 30 0.36
Larceny 244 2.94
Vehicle theft 11 0.13

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 District5109

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3641st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,675 $3,675 $8,973
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $315 $315 $855
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $133 $133 $328
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 $4,990 $4,990 $10,828
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,190 $13,190 $19,028
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,990 $9,990 $15,828

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,630 $3,810 $3,630 $3,810 $9,378 $9,573
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(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 $3,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,930 $5,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,930 $5,000

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)

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 4 2 647 662
Accounting and Related Services, Other 10 10
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 1 54 56
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 9 9
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 7 7
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 29 29
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 4 4
Computer and Information Sciences, General 19 19
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 8 9
Dental Assisting/Assistant 8 8
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 19 19
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrician 32 32
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 16 16
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other 6 6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 20 20
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 29 30
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 2
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 5 7
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 13 13
Industrial Technology/Technician
Information Technology
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 116 119
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 117 120
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 16 16
Precision Metal Working, Other 25 25
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 11 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 71 74
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Welding Technology/Welder

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2669th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,825 ($56,558 male / $54,770 female)
Number of FT Faculty 44 (12 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 167
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,202,669

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