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Virginia Highlands Community College
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA 24212
Gen. Phone:  (276) 739-2400    Fax:  (276) 739-2590

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25 Most Popular Degrees Awarded 2022-23
Accounting and Related Services, Other, Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General, Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other, Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Electrician, Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic), Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician, Industrial Technology/Technician, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other, Precision Metal Working, Other, Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

SCHEV Program Inventory

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

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

43% 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 Six Years

Groups with fewer than 10 students in the starting cohort will not display values. "Normal time" for an associate degree is two years, and four years for bachelor's degree, 150% of Normal time is three years and six years, respectively.

Students Transferring from Virginia Highlands 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 (2016-17 to 2019-20)Average # NewTransfers (2016-17 to 2019-20) Graduation RateAverage # New Transfers (2019-20 to 2022-23)
Private Institutions
Averett University0 0
Bluefield University9 5
Public Institutions
Christopher Newport University0 0
Private Institutions
Emory & Henry College16 74%15
Ferrum College0 0
Public Institutions
George Mason University1 0
Private Institutions
Hollins University0 0
Public Institutions
James Madison University1 0
Private Institutions
Liberty University12 48%13
Public Institutions
Old Dominion University8 9
Radford University11 77%10
Private Institutions
Randolph-Macon College0 0
Roanoke College0 0
Public Institutions
University of Mary Washington0 0
University of Virginia1 1
University of Virginia's College at Wise7 6
Virginia Commonwealth University4 2
Virginia Military Institute0 0
Virginia Tech14 89%13
William & Mary0 0
Private Institutions
Total Private, Four-Year Institutions39 63%34
Public Institutions
Total Public Four-Year Institutions47 73%44

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

Debt of 2021-22 Graduates, Total Loans
Total GraduatesTotal BorrowersTotal Borrowing
Degree Level#% of All Graduates#% of All BorrowersAmount% of Total
Associates - Bachelor Credit12344%1845%$191,85337%
Associates - Occupational/Technical15456%2255%$326,20963%

  • Associates: Includes graduates who received Bachelor's Credit and Occupational/Technical 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.
Debt of Recent Graduates, Recent Trend
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2017-182214%$ 6,000$ 8,454$ 14,933$ 20,000
2018-192013%$ 3,900$ 5,250$ 9,680$ 10,150
2019-202519%$ 5,444$ 9,594$ 11,068$ 12,406
2020-212111%$ 5,476$ 10,757$ 20,260$ 27,000
2021-222214%$ 3,484$ 10,814$ 12,704$ 17,567

Debt of Recent Graduates
YearBorrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2017-181312%$ 4,500$ 6,500$ 11,613$ 10,481
2018-191716%$ 3,750$ 5,500$ 5,907$ 6,500
2019-201210%$ 3,000$ 5,445$ 8,023$ 12,165
2020-21119%$ 2,750$ 5,500$ 8,035$ 8,000
2021-221714%$ 2,737$ 4,375$ 10,035$ 11,166
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.

Virginia Highlands Community College, Associate's Degree (Occupational/Technical Credit)
Earnings in 2022Median WagePercentage of Graduates w/ Reported Wage
20 Years (2001-02 graduates)$44,90942%
15 Years (2006-07 graduates)$54,70142%
10 Years (2011-12 graduates)$52,49048%
8 Years (2013-14 graduates)$44,83855%
5 Years (2016-17 graduates)$44,46854%
3 Years (2018-19 graduates)$52,20358%
18 Months (2020-21 graduates)$39,34159%
Only years/programs meeting disclosure rules will be displayed to protect individual confidentiality.

Wages in 2022
Years Post-Completion10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
80% of graduates with full-time wages fall within this range
20 Years (2001-02 graduates)$18,077$29,049$44,909$76,471$94,353
15 Years (2006-07 graduates)$25,325$32,983$54,701$85,950$99,626
10 Years (2011-12 graduates)$28,620$39,000$52,490$75,745$94,462
8 Years (2013-14 graduates)$22,000$31,953$44,838$59,964$93,505
5 Years (2016-17 graduates)$18,691$32,906$44,468$62,819$89,327
3 Years (2018-19 graduates)$20,718$33,342$52,203$73,313$83,195
18 Months (2020-21 graduates)$16,964$29,016$39,341$55,734$69,413
As reminder, the median value represents the very middle value of the sample of values (wage or debt) sorted from low to high. This value is found in the middle line of the barcharts.
The remaining values in the chart are constructed similarly, to display how wages and earnings are distributed. Thus, while the median tells us the middle wage, the values for the 25th and 75th percentiles tell us that half of the graduates with wages fall between those two values. Likewise, 80% of reported wages fall between the 10th and 90th percentiles. The length of each bar section clue to the dispersion in the data - that is, how much earnings can vary within a range a group of individuals.

Virgina Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2023-24
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$4,744$14$$4,758

Non-Resident Tuition and Fees, General, 2023-24
Student LevelTuition & Mandatory E&G FeesMandatory Non-E&GAverage Room & Board (1)Total
General Undergraduate$10,747$14$$10,761

    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.


    Full Legal Name - "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" (Virginia Tech); "The College of William and Mary" (William & Mary)