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Blue Ridge Community College Data & Information Overview

1 award Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
9% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Blue Ridge Community College Ranked?

#1,962 Best Colleges in Nation
#53 Best Colleges in VA
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Blue Ridge Community College was awarded 1 badge in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked BRCC as #1,962 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

BRCC is also ranked #53 out of 63 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Blue Ridge Community College.

Is It Hard to Get Into BRCC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Blue Ridge Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

Learn more about Blue Ridge Community College admissions.

Blue Ridge Community College Faculty

20 to 1 Student to Faculty
42% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Blue Ridge Community College, the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Blue Ridge Community College is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Blue Ridge Community College

61% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Blue Ridge Community College this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Blue Ridge Community College.

Blue Ridge Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,054 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,462 undergraduates at BRCC with 1,054 being full-time and 2,408 being part-time.

How Much Does Blue Ridge Community College Cost?

$9,551 Net Price
10% Take Out Loans
$20,172 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of BRCC is $9,551. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BRCC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,266 $9,144 $10,908 $14,765 $14,566

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BRCC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At BRCC, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $5,043 a year. That adds up to $20,172 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BRCC is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do BRCC Graduates Make?

$36,441 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from BRCC make about $36,441 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 14% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Blue Ridge Community College make the most money.

Location of Blue Ridge Community College

Virginia State
1,054 Full-Time Undergraduates
Rural Campus Setting
Blue Ridge Community College is a public institution situated in Weyers Cave, Virginia. BRCC is located in the countryside, which is perfect for students who enjoy a rural lifestyle.

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Contact details for BRCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486-0080
Phone: 540-234-9261

Blue Ridge Community College Majors

13 Majors With Completions
447 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Blue Ridge Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BRCC

62% Take At Least One Class Online
30% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 2,112 students took at least one online class at Blue Ridge Community College. This is a decrease from the 3,109 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,112 1,028
2019-2020 3,109 2,509
2018-2019 1,416 499
2017-2018 1,531 492
2016-2017 1,502 509

Learn more about online learning at Blue Ridge Community College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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