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Catawba Valley Community College: Narrative Description


2550 Hwy. 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602-9699
Tel: (828)327-7000
Fax: (828)327-7000
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Carolina Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1960. Setting: 50-acre small town campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $591,181. Total enrollment: 3,943. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. Full-time: 1,524 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 2,419 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 2 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 46% 25 or older, 24% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1216 full-time, $38 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6752 full-time, $211 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $337 full-time, $.75 per semester hour part-time, $1.25 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: NCANS (Nursing), Phi Theta Kappa, Catawba Valley Outing Club, Respiratory Care Club, Rotoract. Major annual events: Fall Fling, Awards Day, Red Cross Bloodmobile. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 46,000 books, 49 microform titles, 274 serials, 3,644 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $362,606. 1,144 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Lenoir-Rhyne College.

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