Southwest Virginia Community College: Narrative Description

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Richlands, VA 24641-1101
Tel: (276)964-2555; Admissions: (276)964-7294; Fax: (276)964-9307; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Virginia Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1968. Setting: 100-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 4,093. Full-time: 1,793 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 2,300 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 6 other countries, 57% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health, engineering programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview. Placement: SAT I or ACT, ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Preference given to district residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $63.70 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1913 full-time, $63.70 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6045 full-time, $209.65 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $4.65 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: PTK, PBL, Intervoice, Black Student Union, Service Club. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. College housing not available. 58,000 books, 225 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Richlands is a rural community in the Appalachian Mountain region. Bus and plane transportation are available. The main industries of the area are agriculture, mining, and manufacturing.

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