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Southwest Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College 369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill Richlands, VA 24641 Phone: (276) 964-2555
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    About Southwest Virginia Community College

    General Information overview of campus Southwest Virginia Community College is a two-year institution of higher education established as a part of a state-wide system of community colleges serving primarily the residents of the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell and Tazewell. The College operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and Local College Board. The institution is financed primarily by State funds supplemented by contributions from the participating localities. The College operates on the semester system and is open on a year-round basis. Classes normally are held from 8:00 am through 9:00 pm. The availability of college credit courses in the evening allows the student who must work while going to college the opportunity to coordinate college activities with employment. HISTORY The 1966 General Assembly of Virginia authorized the establishment of a state-wide system of comprehensive community colleges and appointed a separate State Board to develop a Master Plan for a state-wide system of community college education in Virginia. The Master Plan designated a community college to be established in the area serving the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Russell, and Tazewell. A delegation of local citizens met with State officials to determine the feasibility of immediate development of a community college for the region. A local College Board was appointed in the summer of 196. The Local Board recommended that the college be named Southwest Virginia Community College and that Dr. Charles R. King be appointed as president. The College opened to students in the fall of 1968 with an initial enrollment of 710 students. Fall 2009 credit enrollment was 3,855 unduplicated headcount students. top PURPOSE Southwest Virginia Community College, as a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicates its services to area citizens. Believing that each person should be given an opportunity for continuing personal and intellectual development, the College assumes responsibility as a catalyst in the life of the individual and the community. SWCC provides citizens the means for improving skills; expanding knowledge as well as cultural, aesthetic and global awareness; and encouraging economic development and responsible citizenship. Southwest Virginia Community College offers programs of traditional classroom instruction and technologically enhanced courses generally extending not more than two years beyond high school. Educational opportunities for adults and college-age youth include instruction in associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, as well as in continuing education. Counseling services and other student development programs assist students with decisions on occupational, educational, and personal goals.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 2-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Associate's degree
    • 2-4 years certificate
    Campus Setting
      Disability Services Student
      • 3% or Less
    • Admission
      Total Applicants
      Full Time Retention Rate 66%
    • Student Demographics
      Total Enrolled 5,976
      Native American 20
      Asian 22
      African American 159
      Hispanic 16
      Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,250
      Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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