Blue Ridge Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 80
Weyers Cave, VA 24486-0080
Tel: (540)234-9261
Admissions: (540)453-2251
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Virginia Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 65-acre rural campus. Endowment: $1.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3448 per student. Total enrollment: 3,942. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 625 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,445 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 2,497 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 2 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 36% 25 or older, 41% transferred in. Retention: 42% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for veterinary technology, nursing programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: SAT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1911 full-time, $64 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6290 full-time, $210 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $146 full-time, $4.85 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Christian Fellowship, intramural athletics, special interest groups. Major annual event: Folk Arts Festival. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Houff Library with 59,735 books, 206 serials, 1,646 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $414,447. 285 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Weyers Cave is a rural community located near Staunton and Harrisonburg.

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