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About NRCC


New River Community College (NRCC) is a comprehensive community college located in the New River Valley of Virginia. At NRCC you can prepare for the future with any of our various occupational programs or college transfer courses.

NRCC has earned a reputation for first-class instruction. With our wide selection of courses, you can explore your interests, prepare for a career, or increase your job skills.

At the same time, at New River you'll find small classes and instructors who care about their students, along with a variety of services to help students, from counseling to career planning. And if you're interested in extracurricular activities, you'll find many opportunities to get involved.

NRCC faculty members are well known not just for their academic background, but also for their capacity to work closely and effectively with students. You'll find that they have a genuine interest in your success. They also have excellent academic credentials. All faculty who teach college transfer courses have doctorates or master's degrees, while those in occupational programs have a diverse background which combines academics with practical on-the-job experience. In recent years individual professors and college programs have received state and national awards for their quality.

At New River Community College, students are the center of attention. NRCC provides a caring educational environment in which you can achieve your education, personal and career goals. The college teaches the fundamental skills necessary for learning, and encourages students to think critically and make sound decisions. The result is greater self-understanding and confidence. The New River experience provides you an opportunity to improve the quality of your life and to become an active participant in your community.

A NATIONAL REPUTATION

More and more people in the New River Valley have begun to realize just what a bargain an education at New River Community College represents. But did you know NRCC is considered one of the best community colleges in the United States? The college has been the focus of state, regional and national attention in a number of areas. New River Community College has been featured in several prominent publications, and has won a number of national awards. The high quality of programs and services offered by New River Community College means you can receive a first-rate, affordable education on a par with that offered at any comparable institution in the United States.

SCHEV PROFILE OF NRCC

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. NRCC’s profile is available here SCHEV.

TALENTED FACULTY

New River's greatest strength is its faculty. Our faculty members hold degrees from major colleges and universities including Auburn, Appalachian State, Clemson, North Carolina State, John Hopkins, Florida State, Georgia State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Radford, Smith, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Washington State, just to name some.

Students who have gone on to other colleges after attending NRCC consistently tell us that our faculty are among the best instructors they have ever had. NRCC emphasizes excellence in teaching rather than research, meaning your instructors are highly skilled, professional teachers who are ready and willing to deal with your special needs as a student.

ACADEMIC CHOICES

NRCC offers a broad range of courses and programs to meet the diverse needs of students. As a New River student, you'll have a variety of choices. In fact, the college offers over 40 different academic programs from which to choose.

Your choices include not just what programs to take, but when and how to take them. You can attend in the day or at night, full-time or part-time, on-campus or at one of our off-campus locations in the New River Valley. You can also complete a wide range of courses through individualized approaches.

NRCC operates on a semester system, with classes also offered during the summer. You can get a jump on college by enrolling as a summer student, even if you plan to attend another institution. Also, students from other schools often take summer classes at New River to transfer back to their home college or university. Whether you're interested in just one course or an entire program, NRCC can meet your needs.

THE TRANSFER OPTION

If you see yourself attending a four-year college or university, consider starting with a two-year program. New River graduates have transferred to four-year colleges and universities throughout the country, including Virginia Tech, Radford, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, University of Louisville, Texas A & I, East Tennessee State, Arizona State, Ohio State and many others. You can get the same level of classes as you would doing the first two years at a university, without sitting in a lecture hall with 300 other students.

Starting your college career in a two-year program can be a great idea if you want to be close to home during this time in your life, or if you're not quite certain about a major. You can get an excellent education while saving a lot of money in the process, and transfer after a year or two or whenever you feel ready. NRCC graduates have been highly successful after transferring. In fact, studies have shown that they do as well as, and often better than, students who began their studies at four-year colleges and universities.

AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

A high quality education is an investment in your future, but it can still be affordable. Attending NRCC costs less than half the amount it takes at most universities. Even then, we award over three million dollars in financial aid and scholarships every year.

Just some of our financial aid possibilities include:

  • Pell Grants
  • Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
  • Stafford Loans
  • Supplemental Loans for Students
  • Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students
  • NRCC Educational Foundation Scholarships
  • Special Purpose Scholarships
  • College Work-Study Awards

Even without financial aid, overall expenses are quite reasonable--and much lower than four-year institutions. With the modest costs involved, it is hard to think of a better investment.

In two months on the job, associate degree graduates can often earn back the cost of their entire tuition. In addition, the salaries of many associate degree graduates are competitive with those of four-year graduates.

THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU

With so many advantages, the New River choice stands out. At NRCC, you can get the high quality education that will make a difference in your future. Our associate degree, diploma and certificate programs are widely recognized for their excellence. Our faculty members deserve the rave reviews they get from students. The college's student services offer a wide range of individualized support. With all these features--and more--New River Community College is a choice that deserves your consideration.