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Academic Experience

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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: It helps focus on what classes I need and help cut out the guessing game.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Its okay I am in the health science program..

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Good for people who don't know what they want to do

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: General studies is pretty cool because the credits transfer.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: There has been a huge adjustment and huge workload put on to me. I have had to quit my job and find a new one working less hours so I can focus more on school and bettering my grades. The curriculum anywhere I think is going to be difficult especially in healthcare, but my school offers a lot of assistance and help to students.

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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 65 responses

  • 29% Learned a lot of new things
  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 20% Will advance my career
  • 10% Learned a few new things
  • 10% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Waste of time
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

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