Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory

Hickory, NC

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Catawba Valley Community College offers 211-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. 40.8% are women, and 59.2% are men. Catawba Valley Community College is a member of 2 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Catawba Valley Community College is 9837$, that is at the level of national average. 18% of full-time Catawba Valley Community College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $26,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Catawba Valley Community College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Catawba Valley Community College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,716
$30,001 - $48,000$9,848
$48,001 - $75,000$10,126
$75,001 - $110,000$10,977



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2384 of Catawba Valley Community College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 52 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Catawba Valley Community College number 78 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in North Carolina.

Students at Catawba Valley Community College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Catawba Valley Community College.

Weekend/evening college

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

Graduation Rate


Catawba Valley Community College graduation rate is below the national average.

18% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Catawba Valley Community College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Catawba Valley Community College is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Catawba Valley Community College the biggest percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Catawba Valley Community College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in North Carolina.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Catawba Valley Community College Main Campus

The campus located by 2550 Hwy 70 Se address in Hickory, North Carolina.


Catawba Valley Community College Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Catawba Valley Community College with 0.04% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Catawba Valley Community College Main Campus are motor vehicle theft, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Catawba Valley Community College offers 211 programs in total: 119 are for Associate's degree, 61 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 31 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 196 universities in North Carolina state. Catawba Valley Community College is one of the few institutions in North Carolina that offers a less than 1-year certificate program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance education programs that are offered in the Catawba Valley Community College: 3 are for Associate's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the North Carolina state average data to help you compare.


Catawba Valley Community College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3249 students with 97463 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Catawba Valley Community College

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Great staff all around best school ever

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Easy to register for classes after your first semester- you can even do it via the CVCC app on your phone. My first visit for registration for school was really terrible, felt more like they wanted me in & out rather than help. Aside from that they offer A LOT for degrees, certification & continue education! Shoot you can even take classes for hobbies like sewing, candle making, etc. I've even seen young kids here during summer for some art class. All the professors I've had so far are extremely caring, helpful & understanding. There's great amount of options for classes to take at all times of day, even evening/night (and of course online classes) which is super helpful as a full time employee & single mother. Sometimes you have to call & call & leave millions of messages before you get a reply from advising or testing center which can be annoying, I've learned email is usually the better route if available. They do respond eventually, sometimes you just gotta be persistent. They've got A LOT of students so I can understand why it can take a while to respond. Its easy to transfer your credits & placement test scores to other schools as well. I wish that the Alexander CVCC would expand & offer some core classes (like eng, psych,etc). I've enjoyed this school & the opportunities it has given me. ☺

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It is always easy to register for classes. The teachers are very caring.

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Worst school ever. Started out in the CNA program. The advisers are awful, to say the least, very Unorganized and so unhelpful. Will NOT receive another dime of my money. Western Piedmont had my business! They are amazing and answer phone calls and or returns my calls within that same business day. I am still waiting on a phone call back from months ago from CVCC. I would send my dog to such a place, everyone I've talked to feels the same exact way.

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Overall Rating:

Advisers are not helpful what so ever. The schools definition of "organized" is anything but..The instructors here are awesome. Not all of them, but a lot of them. As a student pursuing engineering I took a lot of maths and sciences. So my review focuses MOSTLY on the mathematics department and the physics department. Both of these departments contain instructors who are fantastic. They express their idea completely and thoroughly and will assist you outside of class if need be. It's obvious that these instructors truly care about their students (especially at higher level class when there is less than 10 people in the class).The school it self has been alright. But the instructors have made my experience here wonderful. I really appreciate all the time they put into their lectures and their students.

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Location & Website

Address: 2550 Hwy 70 SE


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +82832770004022

Institution is active in current year: 1

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