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Virginia Western Community College

Virginia Western Community College
3093 Colonial Ave
Roanoke, VA 24015
Gen. Phone:  (540) 857-7311    Fax:  (540) 857-6404

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VWCC had 388 Post-911 GI Bill recipents enrolled in 2012, at all sites.

25 Most Popular Degrees Awarded 2020-21
Accounting and Related Services, Other, Biological and Physical Sciences, Business Administration and Management, General, Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other, Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other, Child Care Provider/Assistant, Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Dental Hygiene/Hygienist, Design and Visual Communications, General, Engineering, General, General Studies, Humanities/Humanistic Studies, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician, Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist, Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other, Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Social Sciences, General

SCHEV Program Inventory


SAT is an imperfect predictor of college readiness and success and it is only one of many factors in admissions.
This report does not assume any particular merit or value in the SAT, it merely highlights institutional differences in distributions and mean averages.


Fall Headcount Enrollment
Fall TermAssociates Degree (Bachelor's Credit)Associate's Degree (Occ/Tech Credit)CertificatesTotal

See the report E22: Fall Headcount: Trends in Race Ethnicity for definitions and additiional student levels.

Annualized Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment
YearUndergraduateGraduateFirst ProfessionalTotal
Total Undergraduate Enrollment by Locality, 2021
# of Students By Origin
0 Students
0 Students1 to 1011 to 4950 to 99100 to 249250 to 499500 to 9991,000 to 2,4992,500 to 4,9995,000 and above

Degrees Awarded

STEMH - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Professions
Retention and Graduation

57% of all students entering in 2012-13 either graduated within an Extended Time-to-Completion or were continuing their enrollment in the final year of observation. These Student Success Index results are based on students completing at any Virginia institution.

Graduation Rates within Three Years
Students Entering Institution in Fall and Spring of 2017-18 completing at any Virginia institution.
Gender: All, Race/Ethnicity Status: All

Three-year institutional graduation rates compared to sector rates and the minimum and maximum values of the rates for Virginia institutions.
FTIC = First-Time in College.
Comparisons are to instutions at the same degree-level.

All, FTIC and Transfer, Dev. Ed. Coursework w/in First Two Years Receiving PELL, Recent HS Grads
Overall Publics:  15%

FTIC (All)
Overall Publics:  22%

FTIC, In-State
Overall Publics:  23%

FTIC, In-State, Direct from High School
Overall Publics:  27%

FTIC with No Financial Aid
Overall Publics:  22%

FTIC with Pell
Overall Publics:  20%
FTIC, Family Income $0 - $49,999
Overall Publics:  19%

FTIC, Family Income $50,000 - $99,999
Overall Publics:  31%

FTIC, Family Income $100,000 - $149,999
Overall Publics:  37%

FTIC, Family Income $150,000 and Greater
Overall Publics:  32%

FTIC, Family Income Not Reported
Overall Publics:  19%

Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 are excluded from reporting.
Student Transfer

Students Transferring from Virginia Western Community College
in Fall and Spring of the Designated Year to the institutions below.

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.
Transfer Enrollment
Average # New Transfers (2014-15 to 2017-18)Average # NewTransfers (2014-15 to 2017-18) Graduation RateAverage # New Transfers (2017-18 to 2020-21)
Public Institutions
Total Public Four-Year Institutions321 70%327
Christopher Newport University1 1
George Mason University5 9
James Madison University28 74%25
Longwood University3 3
Norfolk State University0 0
Old Dominion University36 47%34
Radford University133 69%138
University of Mary Washington1 1
University of Virginia10 12
University of Virginia's College at Wise1 0
Virginia Commonwealth University23 61%20
Virginia Military Institute2 2
Virginia State University1 2
Virginia Tech75 86%77
William & Mary2 1
Private Institutions
Total Private, Nonprofit, Four-Year Institutions243 54%210
Averett University Non-Traditional5 5
Averett University1 0
Bluefield University11 57%5
Bridgewater College1 1
Eastern Mennonite University0 0
Emory & Henry College1 1
Ferrum College10 98%9
Hampden-Sydney College1 0
Hampton University1 0
Hollins University13 76%10
Jefferson College of Health Sciences50 44%37
Liberty University82 46%76
Mary Baldwin University20 53%16
Marymount University0 0
Randolph College0 1
Randolph-Macon College0 0
Regent University3 5
Roanoke College38 70%36
Shenandoah University0 0
Sweet Briar College0 0
University of Lynchburg3 3
University of Richmond1 1
Virginia Union University0 0
Virginia Wesleyan University0 0
George Washington University0 0

*Starting cohorts of fewer than 10 will not display a graduation rate.
Student Debt

Debt of 2019-20 Graduates, Total Loans
Total GraduatesTotal BorrowersTotal Borrowing
Degree Level#% of All Graduates#% of All BorrowersAmount% of Total
Associates - Bachelor Credit37457%13148%$1,796,32437%
Associates - Occupational/Technical28743%14252%$3,072,50963%

  • Associates: Includes graduates who received Bachelor's Credit and Occupational/Techincal Credit Associate degrees.
  • Bachelors: Includes graduates who received Four- and Five-Year Bachelor's degrees.
  • Graduate: Includes graduates who received Graduate Master's and Doctorate degrees.

Associate's Degree (Occupational/Technical Credit)
Debt of Recent Graduates, Recent Trend
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2015-1615750%$ 10,884$ 20,780$ 22,098$ 29,773
2016-1714446%$ 9,153$ 16,078$ 20,688$ 30,267
2017-1817048%$ 7,918$ 16,127$ 19,508$ 26,252
2018-1913242%$ 7,314$ 14,162$ 18,682$ 26,105
2019-2013848%$ 7,424$ 15,440$ 20,307$ 30,436

Associate's Degree (Bachelor's Credit)
Debt of Recent Graduates
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2015-1613035%$ 5,474$ 9,824$ 13,347$ 17,810
2016-1714635%$ 6,236$ 10,071$ 13,629$ 18,666
2017-1812034%$ 5,900$ 9,675$ 13,023$ 15,238
2018-1914036%$ 5,394$ 7,500$ 11,765$ 16,638
2019-2013135%$ 5,500$ 9,254$ 12,672$ 15,500
Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed
borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity
is not available.

Post-Completion Wages of Graduates

Graduates' Wages in 2018, 18 Months after Graduation
DegreeGraduates (n)Grads. w/FT Wages (%)AverageMedian
Note: All wage and enrollment data are limited to those graduates working and attending school in Virginia.
Award of less than 1 academic year32976.0%$ 29,616$ 26,325
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 acad yrs22670.4%$ 17,320$ 13,877
Associate's Degree (Bachelor's Credit)42364.3%$ 20,123$ 15,710
Associate's Degree (Occ/Tech Credit)31280.1%$ 39,243$ 39,579

Graduates' Wages in 2018, Five Years after Graduation
DegreeGraduates (n)Grads. w/FT Wages (%)AverageMedian
Note: All wage and enrollment data are limited to those graduates working and attending school in Virginia.
Award of less than 1 academic year22667.3%$ 36,346$ 32,283
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 acad yrs24164.3%$ 34,385$ 31,860
Associate's Degree (Bachelor's Credit)33462.6%$ 35,168$ 32,370
Associate's Degree (Occ/Tech Credit)34969.1%$ 42,863$ 40,499

Tuition and Fees

Virgina Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2021-22
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$4,606$14$$4,620

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2021-22
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$10,609$14$$10,623

    These tabs represent a concise overview of the data available at this site.
    Additional detailed information may be found through the links below:

    Trends in First-year Retention
    Trends in Graduation Rates (Federal Equivalent)
    Graduation Rate Profile - Student Subcohorts

    Student Debt Profile

    Post-Completion Wages of Graduates


    Debt: All debt figures refer to education-related debt processed through institutions. i.e. student loans. Unless specified as PLUS loans for undergraduates, the student debt refers to loans taken out by the student, not by parents or relatives. Further, reported student debt calculations are based on graduates who borrowed only. This is why we report the percentage of students/graduates wth debt.


    Sample Budgets: These estimates are from the Living Wage project at MIT and are based on the estimated cost of a single adult living in Virginia. Tax and FICA withholding estimates based on a single, unmarried filer.

    Limits on the Display of Data

    The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.

    In order to protect confidentiality and to accommodate both the many small programs in the Commonwealth and the limits of the available data, these reports will display program-level data only under the following conditions:

    1. Single-year data will not be reported at the level of institution, degree, and program, only rolling five-year aggregates. For example, graduates of 2005-06 will be reported with those of 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, and 2001-02.

    2. The number of wage-reported graduates must be equal to or greater than 15 with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages.

    3. At least 30% of the cohort of graduates must have been matched and reported with full-time wage equivalent (FTWE) reported wages, or 20% with a minimum of 200 graduates.

    4. The current definition of FTWE is at least three quarters of wages must be reported for each year.

    5. Wages and earnings are not adjusted for inflation.

    The wage data included in these reports represent only the following individuals:
    1. Graduates successfully matched to the Unemployment Insurance Wage records collected by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
    2. Graduates employed in Virginia by an entity that reports to the VEC. This excludes federal employees, including those within the Department of Defense.

    What employers are subject to the Unemployment Tax and must be registered and file with the Virginia Employment Commission? They must have met one of the following criteria:

    • One or more employees (ten employees if your operation is agricultural) for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year
    • A $1,500 or more total gross quarterly payroll ($20,000 if your business is agricultural; $1,000 if domestic labor)
    • Acquired a business subject to this tax
    • Been subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax
    • A governmental operation or political subdivision
    • A nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and had four or more employees for some portion of a day during any 20 different weeks in a calendar year

    These criteria mean that individuals working as consultants, independent contractors (including many psychologists, counselors, barbers, cosmetologists, IT workers, and P-14 wage employees of the Commonwealth) may be excluded, as are a list of others that may be found here.

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