New River Community College was founded in 1959 as New River Vocational-Technical School. The school became part of the Virginia Community College System in 1966 and in 1969 the name was changed to New River Community College.
New River Community College provides Associate degrees and certificates through its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is classified as a public, two year institution. The school operates with the mission to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality that are financially and geographically accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.
The main campus is located on 100 acres in Dublin, Virginia. The campus houses four modern buildings for the college’s vocational and technical programs as well as for university-parallel programs. New River Community College also maintains a site at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. The mall site operates as a science, technology, engineering and math Center.
When applying to New River Community College, potential students must submit a high school diploma, a GED certificate or be at least 18 years old and be able to benefit from a program at New River Community College. New River Community College has an open admission policy and a rolling admissions deadline.
Students who attend New River Community College return for a following year at a rate of 60% for full time students and 39% for part time students. Credits earned at New River Community College can be transferred to other higher learning institutions and about 19% of students take advantage of this and transfer out of New River Community College to another institution. Students at New River Community College typically graduate within the two years it is expected to take to earn an Associate’s degree at a rate of 11% and graduate within three years at a rate of 21%.
There are 5,207 students currently enrolled at New River Community College, of these students, 1,510 are adult learners over the age of 24. Students at New River Community College are mostly part-time enrollments making up 60% of the student body leaving 40% as full-time enrollment students. The gender break down shows a student body with about 52% female students and 48% male students. There is little racial diversity with 85% of students being white. The other represented ethnicities of Hispanic, African American and Asian make up 2%, 6% and 2% of the student body, respectively. Most students come from within the state of Virginia with 94% of students declaring in-state residency.
Students have a variety of options academically at New River Community College, with a mix of programs within two academic divisions. The represented divisions are Arts and Sciences and Business and Technologies. The programs under the Arts and Sciences division are:
- Art & Photography
- Communication Studies and Theater
- Early Childhood Development
- Early Learning Center
- Human Services
- Nursing (Associates)
- Practical Nursing
The programs offered under the Business and Technologies division are:
- Administration of Justice
- Administrative Support Technology
- Alternative Energy
- Automotive Technology
- Business Management
- Computer Aided Drafting/Design
- Information Technology
- Instrumentation/Control Automation
- Legal Assisting
- Machine Technology
- Marketing Management
- Refrigeration/Air Conditioning
Through program completion in these departments, students can earn either an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree. New River Community College also offers programs specifically for students who intend to transfer to a four year institution. These transfer programs include:
- Business Administration
- General Studies
- Liberal Arts
There are a total of 239 faculty members, all of which are considered instructional faculty. These faculty members make up a 26:1 student to faculty ratio which makes for larger than average class sizes.
For students wanting to work toward a degree or certificate, but who have a hectic schedule, New River Community College offers many distance learning options for nontraditional courses. There are over 180 different distance education courses options available and some degrees and certificates can be completed entirely through these courses. Distance education courses are available through the online instruction, teleconference instruction or through one of the dedicated distance learning classrooms or electronic lecture halls. New River Community College has also partnered with Old Dominion University's TeleTech net program to offer several Bachelors and Master's degrees for distance learners.
There are currently 16 active student organizations at New River Community College. Students are also encouraged to start their own club or organization.
The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at New River Community College is $3,048 for in-state students and $7,680 for out-of-state students. The financial aid office can help students with tuition payment plans, pre-paid tuition plans and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 39% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $3,959 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 17% of students have student loans and the average loan amount of $4,242.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,510
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