Blue Ridge Community College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,432
0% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$7,805
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
22.7%
Default Rate
2017 Enrolled Students
2,122
31.7% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
32.4%
48 Graduates

About

Blue Ridge Community College is a higher education institution located in Henderson County, NC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Blue Ridge Community College were .

In 2017, 628 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Blue Ridge Community College. 50.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (514 degrees), 8.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (62 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Blue Ridge Community College is $2,432, which is $-4,982 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Blue Ridge Community College is $2,432, which is $-4,982 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,805.

In 2017, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 14% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,432
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Blue Ridge Community College was $2,432. The cost of tuition at Blue Ridge Community College is $-4,982 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$7,805
2017 Value
4.15%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Blue Ridge Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,805. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Blue Ridge Community College grew by 4.15%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,856
Room and Board
$1,912
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Blue Ridge Community College was of $8,856 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,912. The cost of room and board increased by 1.4% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 28% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
14%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at Blue Ridge Community College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 10.6% with respect to 2016, when 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
22.7%
2016 Default Rate
58
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Blue Ridge Community College was 22.7%, which represents 58 out of the 256 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Blue Ridge Community College has a total enrollment of 2,122 students. The full-time enrollment at Blue Ridge Community College is 672 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,450. This means that 31.7% of students enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Blue Ridge Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.2% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.29% Black or African American, 1.65% Asian, 0.613% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37.8%), followed by White Female (37.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.85%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

31.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Blue Ridge Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,122 students. The full-time enrollment at Blue Ridge Community College is 672 and the part-time enrollment is 1,450. This means that 31.7% of students enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Blue Ridge Community College was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Blue Ridge Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,618
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    223
  3. Black or African American
    91

The enrolled student population at Blue Ridge Community College is 76.2% White, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.29% Black or African American, 1.65% Asian, 0.613% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 124 students (5.84%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 10 more women than men received degrees from Blue Ridge Community College. The majority of degree recipients at Blue Ridge Community College are white (514 degrees awarded). There were 8.29 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (62 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Blue Ridge Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Blue Ridge Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (67 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (34 degrees), and Agriculture (30 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Police officers (118,804 people), Other managers (75,210 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (75,137 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (43,119 people), and Postsecondary teachers (42,524 people).

The most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Precision Production (67 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (34 degrees), Agriculture (30 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (50 degrees), and Protective Services (53 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Dentists, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Lodging managers, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Precision Production (67 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (34 degrees), Agriculture (30 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (50 degrees), and Protective Services (53 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (291,855 people), Elementary & secondary schools (155,232 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (98,276 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (55,487 people), and Legal services (47,718 people).

The most specialized majors at Blue Ridge Community College are Precision Production (67 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (34 degrees), Agriculture (30 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (50 degrees), and Protective Services (53 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Blue Ridge Community College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Blue Ridge Community College was N/A with N/A degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 309
  2. 319

In 2017, 309 degrees were awarded to men at Blue Ridge Community College, which is 0.969 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (319).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 56 degrees were awarded to men at Blue Ridge Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.812 times less than the 69 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 69 degrees were awarded to women at Blue Ridge Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.23 times more than the 56 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

9%
100% Completion Time
30%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 9% of students graduating from Blue Ridge Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 30% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 35% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Blue Ridge Community College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.17% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    514 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    62 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    26 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Blue Ridge Community College is white (514 degrees awarded). There were 8.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (62 degrees).

4.14% of degree recipients (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    269 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    245 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Blue Ridge Community College is white male (269 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (245 degrees).

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Operations

Blue Ridge Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $10.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $12.4k (0.114%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Blue Ridge Community College had a total salary expenditure of $24.4M. Blue Ridge Community College employs 78 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Blue Ridge Community College are Male No academic ranks (43), Female No academic ranks(35), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Blue Ridge Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 27 employees, Management, with 24 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$10.8M
2017 Endowment
10.1%
growth from 2016

Blue Ridge Community College has an endowment valued at about $10.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Blue Ridge Community College grew 10.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.18M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $308k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Blue Ridge Community College received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $308k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$16.4M
2017 Salaries
36.5%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Blue Ridge Community College paid a median of $16.4M in salaries, which represents 67.2% of their overall expenditure ($24.4M) and a 36.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.24% growth from 2015 and a 1.47% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.82M
Instructional Salaries
78
Number of Employees

In 2017, Blue Ridge Community College paid a total of $4.82M to 78 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $6.48M (34%) for similar Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
78 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
27 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Blue Ridge Community College were No academic rank with 78 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Blue Ridge Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees; Management with 24 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male No academic rank
  2. Female No academic rank
  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Blue Ridge Community College was Male No academic rank with 43 employees, Female No academic rank with 35 employees, and false with 0 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Blue Ridge Community College.

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