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Blue Ridge Community College

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Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is located in Weyers Cave, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The college has proudly served its community and continues to find new ways provide valuable educational opportunities to offer its students. The college offers several different programs that are designed to serve students desiring many different levels of education. There are associate’s transfer degrees, associate’s degrees, diplomas, certificates and partnership programs. Because BRCC understands that many students wish to pursue an education but cannot attend traditional classes, the college offers a distance education that allows people to learn at their own pace and at times that are convenient to them.


Students may choose from college transfer degree programs, associate degrees, professional diplomas or certificates, or individual non-credit courses designed for personal or professional enrichment.

College Transfer Programs

Several programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four-year degree, then transfer to a four-year college. There are several advantages to this program including considerable savings in tuition and room and board, the ability to stay close to home, and smaller class sizes. Students may choose from an Associate of Arts and Sciences or Associate of Science. The programs are structured so that students complete the core classes that would normally be studied in the freshman and sophomore years.

Associate’s Degree Programs

These programs are specifically designed for students who would like to begin a new career in two years. There are two types of students that pursue an associate’s degree; students who simply want to begin a new career and students who want to pursue a two year degree in order to gain a better job while they are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. There are several interesting programs including accounting, business and nursing. The actual degree earned is an Associate of Applied Science.

Diplomas and Certificates

Students pursuing career diplomas or certificates do so either in order to keep current with changes in their fields or to prepare for entry-level positions in a new career. This advanced education may also place the student in a position for promotion at current jobs that they may not be eligible for without the advanced education.

Partnership Programs

The college partners with several other local schools and businesses in order to provide a broader range of opportunities to their students. Some of these programs include culinary arts, funeral services, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

There is a comprehensive Commercial Drivers program for people who are interested in pursuing a career as a commercial truck driver. Students must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a drug test and physical. Students must also be able to read and speak English in order to communicate with the public and read traffic signs, complete reports and understand inquiries.


Admissions are non-competitive, which means that the only requirements for admission are a high school diploma or GED and the ability to benefit from instruction. The application process is extremely simple in order to streamline admissions and clear the path to higher education. The only requirements to register are a completed online application and official high school transcripts or GED scores.

Students that are applying for a credited degree, certificate or diploma program will also need to show proficiency in reading, math and writing by either submitting an SAT or ACT score, by taking the College Preparedness Test in math/English, or by submitting proof of college level math or English courses.

Some programs, such as the nursing and veterinary technician programs, may require additional qualifications. Students wishing to enroll in these programs should work closely with the admissions office to ensure that all requirements are met.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers many opportunities to help students pay for college. There are numerous scholarships for both students straight out of high school and adults wishing to obtain higher education. Other sources of aid include grants, federally-subsidized student loans, and work study programs. Students interested in applying for financial aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online starting in January each year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5194th for the average student loan amount.
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There is no athletic program offered at the college but there are numerous student clubs and organizations as well as a fine arts center and many other opportunities for social and academic engagement. The local area also offers several opportunities for camping, hiking, water sports and many other outdoor activities. For students who prefer indoor activities, there are many things to do in Weyers Cave and the surrounding area.

Information Summary

Ranks 60th in Virginia and 2630th 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

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Weyers Cave, VA 24486-0080
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population2,157 (N/A urban / 2,157 rural)
Households814 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,066
Families637 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District5106

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3498th 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 $909 $909 $1,449
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 $5,884 $5,884 $11,722
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,484 $17,484 $23,322
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,884 $10,884 $16,722

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,098 $4,404 $4,098 $4,404 $9,846 $10,167
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $6,500 $6,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,900(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,900(N/C)

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 2631st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,046 ($60,783 male / $53,045 female)
Number of FT Faculty 75 (34 male / 41 female)
Number of PT Faculty 263
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,840,963

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