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Catawba Valley Community College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Catawba Valley Community College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Catawba Valley Community College Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Catawba Valley Community College was awarded 24 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

CVCC landed the #1,346 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CVCC held the #1,747 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CVCC is also ranked #34 out of 93 schools in North Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CVCC?

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into Catawba Valley Community College, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

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Catawba Valley Community College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At CVCC, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Catawba Valley Community College is 28%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  28 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catawba Valley Community College

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 Catawba Valley Community College this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

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Catawba Valley Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,328 undergraduates at CVCC with 1,318 being full-time and 3,010 being part-time.

How Much Does Catawba Valley Community College Cost?

The overall average net price of CVCC is $6,044. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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 CVCC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CVCC, approximately 3% of students took out student loans averaging $4,145 a year. That adds up to $16,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CVCC is 14.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CVCC Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CVCC make about $32,292 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 24% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Catawba Valley Community College make the most money.

Location of Catawba Valley Community College

Catawba Valley Community College is a public institution located in Hickory, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for CVCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2550 Hwy 70 Se, Hickory, NC 28602-0699
Phone: 828-327-7000

Catawba Valley Community College Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at Catawba Valley Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CVCC

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 4,102 students took at least one online class at Catawba Valley Community College. This is an increase from the 2,463 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 4,102 3,702
2018-2019 2,463 863
2017-2018 2,474 678
2016-2017 2,565 698
2015-2016 2,279 798

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.