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Western Piedmont Community College

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Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
Category
Overview
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Tuition & Fees

$8,721

Average Salary in 10 Years

$27,100
Note: 10 years after enrolling at Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College is located in Morganton, North Carolina. It is a small public school part of the North Carolina Community College System system and offers undergrad programs. It has 1,834 undergraduate students enrolled.

Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Health Professions and Related Programs, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. 29% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $24,800.

About
🗺 1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, North Carolina 28655
Mission Western Piedmont Community College's mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community.
🌐 www.wpcc.edu
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Application
Graduation Rate
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Graduation Rate

29%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

33%

Women Graduation Rate

26%
Cost
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Can you afford to attend Western Piedmont Community College?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$4,792
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$8,721
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$8,721
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$2,577
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Western Piedmont Community College Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

75%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Western Piedmont Community College you can visit www.wpcc.edu/financial-aid.

Western Piedmont Community College Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $8,721
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $2,577
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Career & Salary
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How much money will you make after graduating from Western Piedmont Community College?

Western Piedmont Community College students, on average, make $27,100 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 7-8 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 2% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Western Piedmont Community College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

2.2%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Western Piedmont Community College.

Median Earnings of Students from Western Piedmont Community College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College.

Male Students: Average Earnings from Western Piedmont Community College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College.

Female Students: Average Earnings from Western Piedmont Community College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Western Piedmont Community College

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College.
Return on Education
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Western Piedmont Community College? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

3.1x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Western Piedmont Community College. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

2.9x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Western Piedmont Community College. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Western Piedmont Community College. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
Teaching
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Student-Faculty Ratio

10
students per faculty
Graduate School
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Can you go to grad school at Western Piedmont Community College?

No
Highest degree: Associate's degree
Students
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Undergraduate Focus

100%

Undergrads

1,834

Total Students

1,834
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

50%

Students over 25

33%

Student Median Household Income

$48,807
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

60%
of undergraduates

Men

40%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

More Women

Western Piedmont Community College has more female students than male students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 67 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 150 women.

Undergraduate Student Diversity at Western Piedmont Community College

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at Western Piedmont Community College study?

Western Piedmont Community College Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Western Piedmont Community College are:

  1. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  2. Health Professions and Related Programs
  3. Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
  4. Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields
  5. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Approximately 76% of students choose to study one of these majors.
Student Satisfaction
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Will you be happy at Western Piedmont Community College?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

67%

Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate

44%

Students Who Transfer Out of Western Piedmont Community College

18%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Western Piedmont Community College has a retention rate of 67% for full-time undergrads, which is neither high nor low.

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Undergraduate Transfers

90
5% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Low

Western Piedmont Community College has around 90 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 5% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Western Piedmont Community College as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

Politics in North Carolina
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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Republican

Politically, North Carolina tends to be About even. In the 2016 Presidential election, 46% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 50% voted for the Republican party, and 3% voted for neither.