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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 1,856 undergraduate students. The Catawba Valley acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Management, and Medical Office Management. Graduating 31% 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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Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$9,608/ 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
    $8,998/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,676/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,453/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,878/ year
  • $110k+
    $11,119/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,856Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
81%
National
83%

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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.
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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.
Catawba Valley Community College has been an excellent first home for me so far. It is my first year as a college student and they have made things very simplistic for me. Each staff member understands that I am a freshman and I have plenty of questions, but that does not bother them one bit. I was handle with care when it came to registration for the Fall 2017 semester and all my questions were answered about not only classes but financial aid as well as safety and the transfer process. They work around your schedule and make sure you are not overloaded with classes each semester. This is a huge plus when thinking about how often college kids are pressured into taking many classes at a time to finish their degree. CVCC has an outstanding environment and I am beyond glad to say I am apart of one amazing community.