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 Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College - Morganton, NC

1001 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, North Carolina 28655-4511

General information:(828)438-6000
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Associate's degree
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:No
Student population:2,941( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:10 to 1
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $1,627 $1,874 $2,155 -13%
Out-of-state $7,749 $8,018 $8,299 -3%
Books and supplies $1,160 $1,160 $1,300 -11%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $7,358 $7,358 $11,151 -52%
Other $4,738 $4,738 $4,050 15%
Off Campus with Family
Other $5,088 $5,088 $4,050 26%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,787 $3,034 $3,455 0%
Off Campus $14,883 $15,130 $18,656 -17%
Off Campus with Family $7,875 $8,122 $7,505 14%
On Campus $8,909 $9,178 $9,599 0%
Off Campus $21,005 $21,274 $24,800 -13%
Off Campus with Family $13,997 $14,266 $13,649 8%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $2,128
In-state fees $27
Out-of-state tuition $8,272
Out-of-state fees $27
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 351 86% --
Grant or scholarship aid 347 85% $2,023,341 $5,831
Federal grants 331 81% $1,896,692 $5,730
Pell grants 331 81% $1,812,816 $5,477
Other federal grants 89 22% $83,876 $942
State/local government grant or scholarships 115 28% $103,859 $903
Institutional grants or scholarships 27 7% $22,790 $844
Student loan aid 118 29% $360,407 $3,054
Federal student loans 109 27% $357,114 $3,276
Other student loans 9 2% $3,293 $366
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 2,440 76% $11,826,073 $4,847
Pell grants 2,279 71% $8,626,542 $3,785
Federal student loans 485 15% $2,257,379 $4,654


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $3,437 $3,584 $4,635
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $2,641 $3,156 $4,339
$30,001 - $48,000 $2,930 $3,792 $4,321
$48,001 - $75,000 $4,913 $5,436 $4,912
$75,001 - $110,000 $8,261 $7,256 $9,708
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable $10,416

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 2,941
Undergraduate enrollment 2,941
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 650
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 29 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

No varsity sports data reported for this institution.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1968 Accredited


American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Dental Assisting (DA)

12/10/1971 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

01/01/1981 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations00 0
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
Liquor law violations ------
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 000
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate14%
Number in default19
Number in repayment135

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00298200

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAward of less than 1 academic year Associate's degree Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture31-
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General50-
Category total81-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping780
Business Administration and Management, General1125
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary876
Category total162711
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects02-
Category total02-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst0110
Information Science/Studies00-
Category total0110
Construction Trades Colleges
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other521
Category total521
Education Colleges
Teacher Assistant/Aide15-
Category total15-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician210-
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology26-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-5-
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians,010
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other-6-
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician25-
Surveying Technology/Surveying-10-
Category total6430
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Care and Support Services Management215-
Child Development1--
Category total315-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation23-
Category total23-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician-10-
Dental Assisting/Assistant--10
Health Aide-3-
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary1410-
Medical/Clinical Assistant161616
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician-18-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-25-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling18-
Category total319026
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Police Science10240-
Category total10240-
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-20-
Category total-20-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-0-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-1348
Category total-1348
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science24-
Category total24-
Precision Production Colleges
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant2165
Precision Production, Other-1-
Welding Technology/Welder14-
Category total24115
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-4-
Interior Design00-
Category total04-
Grand total20041251