Kennebec Valley Community College is a public two-year school located in Fairfield, Maine. KVCC was established in 1969 as one of the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System. Many students choose to receive their associate’s degree here and then move on to an affiliate four-year institution to earn their bachelor’s degree.
KVCC is a commuter school located on 64 acres of land. Students can find housing within five miles of campus in the towns of Benton, Oakland, Shawmut and Waterville and can find housing within 10 miles of campus in the towns of Albion, Cannan, Clinton and Winslow.
Kennebec Valley Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees in the following programs: health sciences, computer science, business administration and various trades programs.
Kennebec Valley Community College has 2,529 undergraduate students and 161 faculty members, giving the university a 17 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 41 teach full-time and 120 teach part-time. Of all students, about 31% study full-time and about 69% study part-time. The student body contains 66% female students and 34% male students. About 85% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian. About half of students (53%) are ages 24 and under and half (47%) of students are ages 25 and above. About 99% of students are from Maine and 1% of students are out-of-state students. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 67% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 48%. The overall graduation rate is 40% and the overall transfer-out rate is 11%. By gender, the graduation rate for men is 45% and the graduation rate for women is 37%.
Distance learning classes are for the convenience of students so that they can complete coursework on their own time. All instruction will be done online and no on-campus class sessions will be held. Blackboard is used to instruct classes. Hybrid classes are also available where students mostly attend class online but are required to come on campus for a few class sessions. Students who are successful in distance learning classes have basic computer skills (e-mail, Microsoft Word, Blackboard), ask when they need help, and have reliable computer systems with high-speed internet.
Students have access to services such as remedial tutoring, academic and career counseling, employment services, and placement services for completers.
Tuition costs $3,186 per year for in-state students and $5,766 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,098 per year. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $7,238 per year with $5,288 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. The deadline for FAFSA submission is 009826. About 87% of KVCC students receive financial aid.
The application for KVCC can be done both in person or online. A $20 application fee is required with the application. The school uses a rolling application deadline and has an acceptance rate of about 71%. After applying to KVCC, students take an admissions test to gauge knowledge about particular subjects. After the admissions office has analyzed the test and placed students in the target area of study, the next step is to attend the Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).
Kennebec Valley Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs; the Maine Board of Emergency Medical Services; the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM); the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board; the Maine State Board of Nursing; the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association; the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Professions on recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography; North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP); and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Inc.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,189
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