Roanoke, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$9,156 ($3,780)
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Reviews 259 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is convenient, esthetically pleasing, somewhat small and offered the courses I was looking for. Teachers are knowledgeable.

College Junior

Career Services: I have not utilized these services at present.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: VWCC is currently in the process of completing a new student center.

It is a nice campus, very pretty in spring.

Small but nice bookstore.

Library was recently renovated.

VWCC is in the process of renovating the campus. They have just added a new science center. Opened in Fall 2013

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: some classrooms are difficult to connect to wi-fi

there are numerous kiosk on campus for printing

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: when applying for financial aid (FAFSA) be sure to check for deadlines and answer all questions truthfully.

4 College Junior

Student Body: very diverse. disabled people, dis placed workers,

3 College Junior

Facilities: A real desire to help students move forward.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I am not a fan of on-line learning. I prefer a classroom setting with face to face interaction.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Some of the classes needed for this major have been removed due to the circumstances of the program coming to a close in 2015. Internships are available and I am looking forward to the internship this fall.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: All professors/teachers that I have encountered have been very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their curriculum.

Workload has not been overwhelming, there are special study programs and help programs if needed.

Upon registering everyone was eager and willing to help in any way needed.

Fairly extensive academic program available. Very newly updated nursing education center.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Easy to arrange classes to work & home schedule. I am a single mom with 2 children at home.

The teachers are very knowledgeable and the classes are relatively small which makes learning easier and '

more personal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Resources: we have a basketball team. im not sure if we have any other sport related activities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Resources: the computer labs are pretty decent. the school has planty of computers. but the printing process is a hassel because of the WEPA system. you have to use a WEPA card or bank card to access it.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: just hallways and buildings. no housing or dining areas.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: the same people i went to high school with go there. i want to be able to experience more than that. i havent done anything exciting since ive been there. its a community college and theres not much to do.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: i was able to flex around work, school, and family. but next semester i had to lose some work because of my new class schedule.

2 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: i didnt receive my financial aid until fall 2013 started

3 College Freshman

Student Body: everyone are from the county

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: i havent been able to experience it yet. not until the spring 2014

3 College Freshman

Career Services: im not sure how to answer this because of the fact its a community college

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: not as crowded as i thought. i figured more students would be interested in teaching.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: its just like high school. the professors give you enough time to complete the work but request too much for one paper assignment.

3 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: The online classes I took are not sufficient enough for me to rate it

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: They offer multiple choices for each class, so fitting a class to your schedule has been relatively easy

3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: I haven't noticed or experienced any racism


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Jessica Mueller
Roanoke, VA
International studies
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Community colleges get a bad rap for being below par in the academic world. This perception contributes to the people who tend not to take their education at Virginia Western seriously. Those who are willing to put forth the effort to get involved in their classes, join clubs, and get to know their professors and classmates find that their experience is both challenging and rewarding. Despite the stigma that surrounds Virginia Western, the majority of professors is extremely qualified and makes classes interesting as well as edifying. The student body is definitely not your traditional mix of students. People of all ages and all walks of life come to VWCC to better their chances in the academic and professional worlds. Regardless of your specific reason for coming to Virginia Western, the school’s slogan, “We’ll get you there,” is extremely appropriate. It is widely acknowledged that most people are only at VWCC for a short period of time. Knowing this, the entire staff is dedicated to making your experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible, while getting you to the University you are hoping to attend or the job that you are hoping to land.

Virginia Western is nestled within the Roanoke Valley, surrounded by the incredibly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Roanoke is a fairly developed city with a decent downtown club scene, and places to shop and eat are abundant. The mountains provide an endless array of activities year-round, such as hiking, swimming, and boating on Smith Mountain Lake, and camping to name a few. Virginia Western is truly what you make of it. Take the time to make long-lasting friendships and get involved in the Virginia Western community, and you will find that VWCC is a worthy investment in your future.

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