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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Safety
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  5. Student Life
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  6. Location
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Catawba Valley is a public college located in Hickory, North Carolina. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,751 undergraduate students. The Catawba Valley acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Medical Office Management. Graduating 56% of students, Catawba Valley alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,100.
About Catawba Valley Community College...
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference
Address
2550 Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
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Cost

Net Price
$8,583/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,785/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,179/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,778/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,525/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,762/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.22 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.22 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,751Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
56%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
81%
National
83%

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Catawba Valley Community College Reviews

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Even though my classes are online, I have still been able to form relationships with my professors, which helps tremendously in situations that I need extra clarity. They are usually prompt on responding to emails and very understanding. The one thing that I do not like is The CVCC bookstore. They will rip you off. I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.
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I've had an overall positive experience at CVCC. All of my professors were patient and skilled at teaching a variety of students. It's very easy to make meaningful connections with the staff here. Most students are very driven and on-task. ALSO, don't worry if you've forgotten your lunch because CVCC will provide one for you in our "Hawk's Nest". This is where we keep food free-of-charge for students who don't have any.
Catawba Valley Community College is a fantastic way to transition from a high school to a college lifestyle. CVCC offers a wide range of classes. The class sizes are small enough that each student has an opportunity to know their professor and meet with them one-on-one. I have saved thousands of dollars by attending CVCC instead of a 4 year university, and I feel that I was just as educated and knowledgeable at CVCC as I would have been at any other college or university.