Tri-County Community College: Narrative Description

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4600 East US 64
Murphy, NC 28906-7919
Tel: (828)837-6810; Admissions: (828)837-6810; Fax: (828)837-3266; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of 278sck. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 40-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 1,234. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 546 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Students come from 8 states and territories, 3% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 65% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing, medical assistant programs. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I recommended; Assessment and Placement Services for Community Colleges required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $852 full-time, $35.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4728 full-time, $197 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $60 full-time, $29.25 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. College housing not available. 16,224 books and 306 serials. 33 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed.

Community Environment: Located in a valley in the central part of Cherokee County, Murphy has available bus and train transportation; Andrews Airport is 11 miles away. Community facilities include seven church denominations, two hospitals, and a fully equipped clinic. Mountains, streams, lakes, and forests make Murphy a sports lover's paradise. Parks, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities are available, including a complex that offers swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, and horseback riding.

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