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Southwest Virginia is a public college located in Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,159 undergraduate students. The Southwest Virginia acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, and Manufacturing Engineering Technician. Graduating 35% of students, Southwest Virginia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $19,600.
About Southwest Virginia Community College...
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369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, VA 24641
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Net Price
$8,250/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,633/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,187/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,376/ year
  • $76-110k
    $8,538/ year
  • $110k+
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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.11 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.8 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.8 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$22,900/ year
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What I love about Southwest Virginia Community College is how it provides such an at-home, comforting feeling. The college is located on top of a large hill, allowing students to look out over the mountains and farm land. The professors are very kind and always willing to lend a hand whenever there is a need. Since the college is located between small towns, the number of students is less than your typical four-year school. Although, I believe that setback only allows the students to grow closer to other people sooner and gain lifelong friendships. The only thing I would like to see change at this school is adding a few athletic teams. The majority of students attending SWCC have come from small towns that heavily focus on sports. Since it is only a two-year institution, there is no demand for these activities. Although, I think it would help the students grow closer than they already are and gain deeper friendships with those who share the same interests.
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I am a spouse military retiree and Southwest Virginia has worked wonderfully with me while taking online classes overseas! They worked with me through every step of my way and I can say that I am proud being a member of this college. Even in times when I thought it is impossible to take these classes, administration, library and leadership worked with me till it became possible. Exceptional people and great service that is all I can say.

The one thing that I would love to have changed is the proctoring when over seas. It was difficult for me to find a proctor for my class and only because Southwest Virginia has wonderful people they helped me to work with the right proctor. I am really happy with this school so far and hope to see the same action in the future.

Thank you Southwest!
Currently, I just completed my first semester of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Southwest Virginia Community College. The program is a (5) semester program. What I most like about this college is the small town feel of it. The program only accepts (30) applicants and then those (30) are split into two groups of (15). The small group makes it great to get to know the other students and it keeps the class sizes small. Many of the classes required are hybrid classes which means that they are taken remotely with some meetings in the class room but most of the work can be done at home. I love that flexibility which allows be to also keep a job while working through the program. Overall the what I love most about the College is the flexibility of the hybrid classes and the small class sizes.