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Located in the Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina is College of the Albemarle. This small community college’s main campus is located in Elizabeth City, and its two satellite campuses are located in Manteo and Edenton. As part of the North Carolina Community College System, the student catchment area includes Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The college provides the local community with education, training, and retraining opportunities, through economic development partnerships with local governments, businesses and industries.

Local interest in establishing a community college in Elizabeth City, NC began with a special committee appointed by the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce. By 1960 College of the Albemarle became the first college chartered by the statue under the Community College Act of 1957. When the school opened its doors in 1961 it offered a College Transfer program to its 113 students. The first graduates left in 1963. Today its campuses serve more than 2,400 students.


The college offers associate in arts, associate in fine arts, associate in general education, and associate in science degrees from its agricultural & natural resources, biological & chemical technologies, business technologies, commercial & artistic production technologies, construction technologies, engineering technologies, health sciences, industrial technologies and public service technologies programs of study. Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition to college transfer and associate degree programs, COA offers corporate and continuing education programs and courses in exciting areas like real estate brokerage, welding, notary public, nurse’s aide, conversational languages, cake decorating, watercoloring and many more. Adult learners may also select from GED, and ESL English as a Second Language classroom courses of study, and a range of online learning options.

The main campus, located in Elizabeth City, is set on 75-acres along U.S. Highway 17 North. The campus’s six major buildings house classrooms, laboratories, a bookstore, the student center, the Learning Resources Center, a lecture auditorium, learning lab the auditorium, the Technology Center , the Basic Skills Lab, the Health Sciences Center and administrative and faculty offices. Elizabeth City is a small town with a population of around 20,000 and is located about 45 miles southwest of Norfolk, Virginia and 163 miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Admissions are open and non-competitive. To qualify for acceptance all prospective students must have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency like the GED. The basic law enforcement training, cosmetology, practical nursing, associate degree nursing, LPN-AND mobility, and nursing assistant programs of study all have limited enrollments, and applicants should expect that admission to these programs will be competitive.

Prospective students may fill out the application online, or, may pick up or print a PDF copy to mail to the admissions office. International students are welcome to apply and student visa assistance is available. In order to qualify for in-state tuition students must be able to demonstrate at least 12 months of North Carolina state residency.

Financial Aid

All students who wish to apply for financial aid should contact the Scholarships and Student Aid Office to inquire about the range of federal aid, loans, grants and work-study options available to students. Students may also qualify for special in-state aid like the North Carolina Nurse Education Scholarship Loan Program, the North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program, the North Carolina Student Incentive Grant Program, the North Carolina Community College Grant Program, the North Carolina Community College Loan Program and the North Carolina Education Lottery Grant.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 595th for the average student loan amount.
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Students have many student and campus services available to them, including but not limited to counseling services, disability support services, the Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services tutoring, a student bookstore and academic advising. The campus has an active Student Government Association, and is home to the Edenton-Chowan Collegians in Action, and Phi Theta Kappa. Students on the various campuses are active in a range of other clubs and organizations like the Basketball Club, the Book Club, the Professional Arts Club, the Practical Nursing Club, the Spanish Club and the Surgical Tech Club.

Although students may obtain student housing information from the Admissions Office or other campus resources, the college does not provide any dormitory or other housing facilities. As a commuter campus, it is particularly important that students stay involved with their peers and classmates via non-credit activities, organizations and clubs.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The navy blue and orange Dolphins participate in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II inter-collegiate sports. Currently the Dolphins field a men’s baseball team and women’s soccer team. Recreational basketball and soccer clubs have been started at the Elizabeth City campus location.

Information Summary

Ranks 76th in North Carolina and 2383rd 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 1 0.03
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 74 0.39
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 18 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 196 1.04
Larceny 541 2.86
Vehicle theft 13 0.07

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District3703

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4093rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,910 $1,910 $7,362
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $127 $127 $127
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 $3,053 $3,053 $8,505
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,322 $16,322 $21,774
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,315 $7,315 $12,767

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,229 $1,998 $2,229 $1,998 $8,373 $7,180
  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 $8,325 $8,813
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,150 $4,195
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,150 $4,195

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)

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3877th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $45,912 ($47,331 male / $42,055 female)
Number of FT Faculty 79 (30 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 263
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,659,086

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