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Catawba Valley Community College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Catawba Valley Community College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Catawba Valley Community College Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Catawba Valley Community College was awarded 3 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

CVCC was not ranked in College Factual's 2021 Best Overall Colleges report. This could be for a number of reasons, including lack of data.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CVCC?

Acceptance Rate

Since Catawba Valley Community College has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

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Catawba Valley Community College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Catawba Valley Community College is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 Catawba Valley Community College is 24%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  24 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catawba Valley Community College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Catawba Valley Community College is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at CVCC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,827 undergraduates at CVCC with 1,751 being full-time and 3,076 being part-time.

CVCC Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

CVCC scored 47.28 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  47.28 out of 100
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How Much Does Catawba Valley Community College Cost?

The overall average net price of CVCC is $7,264. 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 CVCC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,950 $7,592 $8,878 $13,283 $13,748

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CVCC, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $5,012 a year. That adds up to $20,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CVCC is 16.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do CVCC Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CVCC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $28,800 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 28% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Catawba Valley Community College

Located in Hickory, North Carolina, Catawba Valley Community College is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Hickory makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Catawba Valley Community College

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,474 students took at least one online class at Catawba Valley Community College. This is a decrease from the 2,565 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,474 678
2016-2017 2,565 698
2015-2016 2,279 798
2014-2015 4,571 2,611
2013-2014 2,353 745

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