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Virginia Western Community College Overview

Virginia Western Community College is a public institution situated in Roanoke, Virginia. The location of Virginia Western Community College is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Virginia Western Community College Known For?

1,210 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Virginia Western Community College.
  • In 2017-2018, 32% of the faculty were full-time.

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Virginia Western Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Virginia Western Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Most Popular Industrial Production Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular General Engineering Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Engineering Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Virginia Western Community College?

Location of Virginia Western Community College

Contact details for Virginia Western Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3094 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone: 540-857-8922
Website: virginiawestern.edu/

How Do I Get Into Virginia Western Community College?

You can apply to Virginia Western Community College online at: https://apply.vccs.edu/oa/launch.action

Virginia Western Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Virginia Western Community College?

14% Take Out Loans
17.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Virginia Western Community College, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $4,557 a year. That adds up to $18,228 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Western Community College is 17.3%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Virginia Western Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,784 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,303 undergraduate students at Virginia Western Community College, with 1,784 being full-time and 4,519 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Virginia Western Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,784 full-time undergraduates at Virginia Western Community College, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Virginia Western Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Virginia Western Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Virginia Western Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 60
Black or African American 162
Hispanic or Latino 87
White 1,362
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 107

Over 13 countries are represented at Virginia Western Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, India, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Virginia Western Community College

706 Took All Classes Online
1,992 Took At Least One Class Online
1.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,992 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Virginia Western Community College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 21st most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Virginia Western Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Virginia Western Community College was 1.9%. This is the #1,910 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Virginia Western Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Virginia Western Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 9%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Computer Information Systems 15%
Electronics Engineering Technology 36%
Engineering Technologies 38%
Legal Professions 58%
Legal Support Services 58%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 37%
Liberal Arts General Studies 37%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Virginia Western Community College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Virginia Western Community College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Social Sciences #41
Computer Information Systems #161
Social Sciences #180
Computer & Information Sciences #358
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #480
Liberal Arts General Studies #480

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Virginia Western Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 118 86 204
Biological & Physical Science 0 109 0 109
Business Administration & Management 6 75 0 81
General Social Sciences 0 72 0 72
Nursing 0 64 0 64
Electronics Engineering Technology 53 2 0 55
Health & Medical Administrative Services 53 0 0 53
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 44 6 0 50
Computer Information Systems 17 30 0 47
Allied Health Professions 8 34 0 42
Precision Metal Working 40 0 0 40
General Engineering 7 28 0 35
Culinary Arts 21 13 0 34
Industrial Production Technology 0 33 0 33
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 33 0 0 33
Human Development & Family Studies 23 7 0 30
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 28 0 0 28
Dental Support Services 0 26 0 26
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 26 26
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 25 0 0 25
Mental & Social Health Services 0 22 0 22
Legal Support Services 4 15 0 19
Business Support & Assistant Services 2 8 5 15
Design & Applied Arts 0 14 0 14
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 11 0 11
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 10 0 0 10
Accounting 0 9 0 9
Horticulture 7 0 0 7
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 6 0 6
Computer Software & Applications 3 0 0 3
Health & Physical Education 3 0 0 3
Construction 2 0 0 2
Hospitality Management 1 0 0 1
General Engineering Technology 0 1 0 1
Construction Management 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 390 703 117 1,210

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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