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.
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.
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.
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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.
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