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3506 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498
p. 434-832-7600
w. www.cvcc.vccs.edu

Central Virginia Community College

Central Virginia Community College Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)

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Established in 1967, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) is a two-year community college located in historic Lynchburg, VA. As a community college, CVCC’s goal is to provide high-quality educational opportunities to a diverse population of students from all walks of life.


The college provides many different academic options. These options include transfer degrees, associate’s degrees, certificates, diplomas, and single courses or clusters of courses that are designed to meet the needs of people seeking to fulfill CEU requirements or simply pursue personal enrichment.

Transfer Program

Students wishing to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program in order to save a significant amount on tuition and stay closer to home may do so. There are several programs targeted at assisting students with this goal including Associate of Arts and Science degrees in the general subjects of liberal arts, general studies, and science.

Associate’s Degrees

For those people wishing to obtain an associate’s degree in order to advance their career options, start a new career or obtain a degree so that they may seek better employment, there are nearly 20 degrees with many different specializations available within the majors. Some of these programs include accounting, emergency medical services with either a fire science or paramedic specialties and culinary arts management.

Diplomas and Certificates

Diplomas and certificates allow people to obtain advanced education in their careers of choice, or obtain certification in order to start a paraprofessional career. There are nearly 30 programs from which to choose as well as specializations within the various programs. Some of these include cardiovascular sonography, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), photography and plumbing.

Continuing Education

Finally, many state-regulated professional certifications require regular continuing education units, or classes that keep the professional current in the field. CVCC has classes that meet these needs. For people that simply want to take a class or two, there are numerous personal enrichment courses available as well.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are open. Anyone that meets one of the following criteria is eligible to attend:

  • Graduated from high school or earned a GED
  • Did not graduate from high school but is at least 18 years of age and able to benefit from education
  • Is transferring from an accredited college or university
  • Is currently enrolled in high school, at least 16 years old and has parental and school permission to attend

Students meeting these criteria simply need to complete the online or paper application, apply for financial aid, speak with an admissions counselor, take placement testing and enroll. Tuition is due prior to starting class.

Certain health programs have special admission requirements. Students should consult the college catalog or contact the Counseling Center for information about programs of interest. Some programs with special admissions requirements include: Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Special Enrollment

There are also several special enrollment situations. High school students may choose to dual-enroll in order to get a jump start on a college education. The college provides the opportunity for students who may not be able to attend traditional classroom courses to take online courses via their distance education program. The VA Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 allows people that are at least 60 years old to audit credit classes at no cost if they meet income guidelines.

Transfer Students

Transfer students need to apply just as any other entering student does and may not be required to take the placement testing. Students transferring from another college need to know that at least 25% of credits need to be completed at CVCC in order to obtain a degree.

Financial Aid

The college’s goal is to provide an education to all who can benefit from study. Towards that end, there are institutional, private and federal scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs available. Students who wish to apply for student aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January. Information for both the student and family is required so it’s necessary to have this information available in order to complete the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5967th for the average student loan amount.
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Although there is not an organized athletics organization, there are many clubs and organizations so students may participate in groups that interest them while being active participants in the campus community. Some of these clubs are open only to specific students. An example of this is the Allied Health Club which is comprised of the Med Lab Club, the Radiology Club and the Respiratory Therapy Club. These are open only to students who have been accepted into the respective curricula. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is also open only to students who have achieved a high GPA and have completed at least 12 hours of credits.

There are, however, many student clubs that are open to anybody who is interested in the topic. Some of these include the Art Club, the Campus Freethought Club, the Drama Club and the Environmental Science Club. They welcome all members with a desire to meet others with like interests and share thoughts and activities pertinent to the club.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

The campus is located in beautiful and historic Lynchburg. The town has many cultural and historical activities as well as wonderful restaurants, clubs and shopping centers.

Information Summary

Ranks 88th in Virginia and 3411th 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 181 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 22 0.03
Robbery 72 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 515 0.67
Larceny 1,855 2.43
Vehicle theft 99 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population32,656 (31,301 urban / 1,355 rural)
Households12,505 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,504
Families8,331 (2.86 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 3883rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,510 $3,510 $8,808
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $375 $375 $840
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 $4,564 $4,564 $9,762
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,564 $13,564 $18,762
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,664 $7,664 $12,862

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,481 $3,885 $3,481 $3,885 $9,453 $9,648
  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 $4,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,100(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)

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 2909th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,048 ($54,198 male / $54,262 female)
Number of FT Faculty 62 (36 male / 26 female)
Number of PT Faculty 302
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,902,997

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