Virginia Western Community College

3093 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA

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Virginia Western Community College, located in Roanoke, Virginia, was founded in 1966 to provide educational opportunities and services to residents of its service area, which includes cities of Salem and Roanoke, and the counties of Roanoke, Craig and Botetourt, and part of Franklin County. The school is one the third largest in the Virginia Community College System and has an annual enrollment of over 12,ooo students. The school is dedicated to providing the best education possible for its students, constantly reviewing and updating programs and services to meet current and future expectations.

Virginia Western Community College offers 23 programs of study that result in academic transfer or career development opportunities. Academic transfer is accomplished through the completion of the first two years of a four year education, followed by the application to a college or university to continue one's education by completing the final two years and earning a bachelor's degree. Transfer to a public institution in Virginia is made easier through transfer agreements, though students may apply to private and  out of state institutions, which will have more stringent and varying admissions requirements.

Career programs provide in depth training and education in a specific field. These programs assist students in developing the skills necessary to enter the workforce as qualified professionals and perform their assigned duties and responsibilities properly. These programs combine traditional classroom education with practical courses that allow students to perfect methods and techniques used within their field in a controlled environments that simulates workforce settings. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree that demonstrates competency and allows for the pursuit of entry level employment.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Virginia Western Community College is an open enrollment institution, and as a result allows any individual eighteen years of age or older or having a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll by submitting a completed application and paying all accrued fees. Students should supply transcripts and standardized test scores if available, the information from which may be used in lieu of the required placement exam. Individuals are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation to become familiar with the campus. Additionally, student should meet with a counselor to discuss goals, curriculum and program enrollment.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided by which will be used by the school to determine aid needs and program eligibility for forming an aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year and  may be chosen at random to supply additional information to be compared to their FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,100-$4,900
    • Out-of-State: $9,400-$11,250
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $140-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $310-$380 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$4,228
Receiving Student Loans17%$5,021

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Virginia Western Community College may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Virginia Western Community College, versus those community colleges in Virginia, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanoke CityVirginia
Graduation Rate22.3%-25.0%
Transfer-out Rate13.7%-12.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1975)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2006)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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