Patrick Henry Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 5311
Martinsville, VA 24115-5311
Tel: (276)638-8777; Admissions: (276)656-0315; Fax: (276)656-0247; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Virginia Community College System. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1962. Setting: 137-acre rural campus. Educational spending 2002-03: $2723 per student. Total enrollment: 3,456. Students come from 3 states and territories, 58% 25 or older. Retention: 48% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing program. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to district residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1430 Full-time, $59.60 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4933 Full-time, $205.55 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $86 full-time, $3.15 per credit hour part-time, $5 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Support Services, Phi Theta Kappa, Gospel Choir, Black Student Association. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Spring Play Day, Awards Banquet. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Lester Library with 26,160 books, 259 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $84,738. 505 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Martinsville is an important textile and furniture market as well as an industrial city with a wide range of products. It provides all forms of commercial transportation. Job opportunities are excellent and shopping is good. Philpott Reservoir, about 19 miles northwest of Martinsville, is a popular spot for fishing, boating, water skiing, and swimming. Other facilities within the city provide for swimming, baseball, and football.

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