Virginia Western Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 14007
Roanoke, VA 24038
Tel: (540)857-7311; Admissions: (540)857-7231; Fax: (540)857-7204; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Virginia Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 70-acre suburban campus. Educational spending 2002-03: $5940 per student. Total enrollment: 8,124. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. Full-time: 2,128 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 5,996 students, 59% women, 41% men. 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 10% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 46% 25 or older, 16% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for health technology programs. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to local residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1930 Full-time, $64 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6353 full-time, $212 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. College housing not available. Brown Library with 67,129 books, 402 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $344,730. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Roanoke is a manufacturing, regional service and trading center, and a metropolitan area with all modes of transportation available. Community facilities include libraries, YMCA, YWCA, many churches, hospitals, and a number of the civic and service organizations. Part-time employment opportunities are available to certain students. Roanoke is headquarters for the Norfolk and Western Railway System and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Smith Mountain Lake is a favorite water recreation area. Carvin's Cove Lake nine and one-half miles north offers fishing, boating, and picnicking. Some of the points of interest are the Crystal Spring, Mill Mountain, and Transportation Museum.

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