Academic Experience

Location
Roanoke, VA
Undergrads
2,568
Tuition (in-state)
$9,156 ($3,780)
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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I just started it so there isn't much to tell yet, but I am excited to see where the classes go. So far the classes have been good, not too easy. The professors have been great. And. I am looking forward to what's next.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I am working in my A.S. and have only just begun. But so far, registering for classes has been easy. Using Blackboard for my classes has been great. The email responses from the professors has been quick.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I really do enjoy many of my professors, but overall the experience has been negative due to the terrible manner in which the school is run, the lack of accountability in school administration, the abhorrent class schedules, the unreliability of class availability, etc.

In the end it is very sad that the hard work of so many good professors and adjuncts is undone in that manner, and the school would rather pay millions to construct unneeded buildings than to pay the educators what they are worth.

1 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Seems like we keep answering the same questions here.

Beyond terrible administrators, mostly great professors. - Virginia Western Community College in a nutshell.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 445th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 534th
    Best Class Availability
  • 711st
    Best Class Sizes
  • 920th
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Mueller
Hometown
Roanoke, VA
Major
International studies
Grad Year
2012
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Due to the fact that Virginia Western is a two-year college, the student body has much more diversified goals, motives, and needs than other four-year universities. VWCC is definitely a college that has a plethora of opportunities, no matter what your individual goals are. Virginia Western is split into three separate divisions: the School of Business, Engineering, & Technology; the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; and the School of Science, Mathematics, & Health Professions. The credit requirements vary greatly among the schools, and you should pay close attention to your program of study to make sure you are fulfilling all of the requirements.

A typical course load per semester is 15 credits for a full-time student and six credits for a part-time student. This greatly varies based on what your individual schedule can handle. Class sizes are relatively small at approximately 25 students; keeping the class sizes small allows for each student to create a relationship with his or her teachers. At Virginia Western, they work hard to make you feel like more than just a number!

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
23:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
85
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
381
Full-Time Retention Rate
63%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Transfer-Out Rate
13%
Graduation Rate
20%
Colleges/Divisions
  • School of Business, Engineering, & Technology
  • School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Science, Mathematics, & Health Professions
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
51
Most Popular Majors
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician: Unknown
  • General Studies: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: Unknown
  • Social Science Research Methods: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Approximately 25 students
Student/Professor Relationships
Many students find the small class sizes conducive for creating long-lasting relationships with their professors.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grades are given on a 10-point scale, and tests depend on the rigorousness of the course and the teacher's preference.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Every teacher throughout every subject has a different style when he or she lectures. If you want to find out what a teacher is like before taking a class, go on ratemyprofessor.com and see what other students have to say about him or her!
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Most courses have three main tests and then the final. Most classes have extra classwork, and some teachers base a percentage of your grade on attendance.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
You must take an entrance exam before enrolling at the College to determine your placement in both English and mathematics. The math help center will tutor you prior to taking the test, to help you receive a higher score.
Tips to Succeed
Buying your books directly from the school can be expensive and unnecessary. Many students sell books to each other at discounted prices. Posters are hung up on many student bulletin boards, telling you which books are for sale.
Full-Time Faculty
85
Female Faculty
65%
Male Faculty
35%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 96%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,410
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 40 responses

  • 32% Learned a lot of new things
  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 15% Will advance my career
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 8% Learned a few new things
  • 2% Waste of time
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

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