Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro, NC 28697


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 2,609
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 11:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Wilkes Community College has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Wilkes Community College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $8,576 and in-state students paid $2,432.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $3,466
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $7,623
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 74% of Wilkes Community College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 58% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,240 (which is 2.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Wilkes Community College in 2016-2017, was 16, which is 6% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $3,546 (which is 22.2% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Wilkes Community College has enrolled a total of 2,609 students (1,217 students full-time and 1,392 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,609 students, 80 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 46% men and 54% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 383 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 85%

Hispanic: 9%

Black/African American: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Asian: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Wilkes Community College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 27% 634
Health Professions And Related Programs 14% 327
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 183 0
Mechanic And Repair Technologies/technicians 8% 181
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 6% 147
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 5% 109
Visual And Performing Arts 5% 109
Precision Production 4% 100
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 97
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 3% 60

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Wilkes Community College full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of Wilkes Community College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $21,300. Last year, out of the total 889 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 720 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,071 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 825 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $21,300 $24,000
Employment Rate 81% 77%
Total Graduates 889 1,071

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 2 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Wilkes Community College.

Surry Community College
31.2 mile away
Mayland Community College
48.5 mile away
Gaston College
56.9 mile away