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For students in the central region of North Carolina that are looking for an affordable start to their college education, or those who are seeking to retool to compete in an ever-changing globalized economy, Randolph Community College has a variety of programs students may want to consider.

The college is a small-enrollment community college located near the geographical center of North Carolina close to a picturesque mountain range called the Uwharries. The main campus in Asheboro, NC is about half an hour away from the larger city of Greensboro. The college also operates satellite campuses in Archdale and a separate facility in Asheboro.

The college offers several unique programs, including a marquee automotive program and a large emergency services training center.


Randolph Community College was established in 1962 as Randolph Industrial Education Center. From an initial enrollment of 75 students, the college has grown to become an institution enrolling more than 3,200 students. The last decade has been a time of considerable growth for the college, with a number of new facilities and programs of study being added to the college’s offerings.


Randolph Community College offers a variety of academic degree programs and career technical and continuing education programs for students. The college offers more than 25 associate’s degrees and career technical certifications.

Popular Majors

Popular majors at RCC include:

  • Liberal Arts: 21 percent of enrollment
  • Visual and Performance Arts: 21 percent of enrollment
  • Health Professions: 13 percent of enrollment
  • Business and Marketing: 8 percent of enrollment
  • Education: 8 percent of enrollment

In 2009, the college opened its $1.75 million Richard Petty Education Center. The center, named for the famed NASCAR driver, provides state-of-the-art training in automotive technology and autobody repair.

In October 2011, the college began work on renovating a former furniture plant into an educational facility. The project will cost $7.5 million and include about 46,000 square feet of space for the college’s electrical technology and industrial engineering technology programs and the facility will also house space for classes for corporate clients, small businesses and continuing education. The new facility will also provide space for local businesses to have training meetings and conferences. The new facility is also one of the first LEED gold buildings in North Carolina, featuring a solar hot water heater and a rainwater collection trap to allow rainwater to be used to irrigated the campus.

The college has a university center program that works in conjunction with Salem College and Pfeiffer University to allow RCC students to complete four-year degrees at Randolph Community College. RCC students can earn bachelor’s degrees in business, education, and criminal justice through the program.

Distance Learning

Like many colleges and universities, RCC has been ramping up its distance learning programs in recent years. Currently, students can take a large number of RCC courses online or via teleconferencing or hybrid classes.

Dual Enrollment

RCC also 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.


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


Randolph Community College has an open admissions policy, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. However, some RCC programs have selective admissions. The college’s nursing and radiography programs have competitive admissions, and admission to the cosmetology program is dependent upon an exam.

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, extracurriculars and an essay.

As of Oct. 2011, the university has no application fee. No admission deadline was reported by the college.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the Randolph 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 that students may be eligible for. The college’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as loans, that students can use to attend classes at Randolph Community College.

The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 62 percent of Randolph Community College students receive financial aid of some type. The average financial aid award is around $4,500. Randolph Community College students received nearly $4.7 million in scholarship aid in 2010.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1800th for the average student loan amount.
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Randolph Community College enrolls about 3,200 students. Unlike many community colleges, RCC’s average student is younger than 24. Many community colleges across the nation tend to have students older than the traditional college age attending their institutions.

Student Organizations and Activities

Randolph Community College has a handful of student clubs and organizations, including academic and professional groups, a campus ministry group and recreational groups. The college also has an active Student Government Association.

The college sponsors many events for student recreational purposes, including fall and spring festivals, cultural activities, games and walk-a-thons.

Campus Facilities

The college’s Armadillo Café is a center for student social interaction. The café offers breakfast lunch and dinner options. The college’s library on the Asheboro campus is an important center for student study, with more than 40,000 print volumes available.

RCC has no student housing and has also joined the large number of community colleges nationwide going tobacco free. RCC’s location in a mountainous area of North Carolina affords students plenty of outdoor recreation activities.

For students seeking more urban diversions, the school is only half an hour away from Greensboro and about an hour from Charlotte.

Student Enrollment Demographics


RCC does not offer intercollegiate sports. However, the college does have intramural sports, including basketball, volleyball and dodgeball.


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  • The College Board College Handbook, 2010 . 47th ed. New York: College Board, 2009. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in North Carolina and 1978th 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 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 27 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 8 0.03
Robbery 38 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 419 1.65
Larceny 1,317 5.20
Vehicle theft 56 0.22

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
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 District3702

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4282nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,656 $1,656 $6,264
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $74 $74 $74
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $69 $69 $261
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 $2,915 $2,915 $7,523
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,580 $17,580 $22,188
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,546 $9,546 $14,154

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,670 $1,730 $1,670 $1,730 $6,278 $6,338
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,043 $1,091
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,508 $8,096
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,930 $7,071
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,930 $7,071

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3197th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $52,428 ($52,668 male / $40,528 female)
Number of FT Faculty 85 (39 male / 46 female)
Number of PT Faculty 284
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,288,953

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