Top Ten LogoLYNCHBURG, VA – Central VA Community College (CVCC) has been recognized as the number three Best Community College in Virginia by Schools.com, a national student resource website dedicated to helping students find the college that best suits their needs.

“We’re proud to be on this special Top Ten list, but thrilled to be number three in the group,” stated CVCC President Dr. John Capps. “This type of recognition is important not only for the students seeking the right college, but also for our faculty and staff who work so hard to make us an exceptional community college.”

School.com used a variety of statistics and benchmarks to measure each community college on the list. They began by analyzing data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), to determine which schools are the best in the commonwealth. They then ranked 23 schools belonging to the Virginia Community College System to come up with the final Top Ten Community Colleges list.

Each school was scored on a 10-point scale, using the following six data points:

  1. Percentage of students enrolled in distance education
  2. Cost of attendance, based on the average net price for students receiving scholarship and grant aid, plus the total cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies
  3. Student-to-faculty ratio
  4. The graduation rate in 150% time
  5. The transfer-out rate in 150% time
  6. The college’s flexibility based on the following data points from the National Center for Education Statistics–2016:
    1. whether the school offers credit for life experiences;
    2. whether the school offers programs of study that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends;
    3. if the school offers on-campus day care for students’ children; and
    4. whether the school offers any kind of alternative tuition plans such as payment plans or guaranteed rates.

Schools.com also used trusted sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, and reports from the accredited schools themselves, to show the best resources for students to plan their college and career pathway.

At CVCC, students can take courses from eight areas of study, including manufacturing, business, education and public safety. Distance learning education students can choose from a catalog of over 100 online courses. Furthermore, CVCC offers college dual enrolled classes taught in local high schools, and operates satellite learning centers in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.

Central Virginia Community College grew from an original student body of 216 learners in 1967, to a total of more than 4,100 enrolled students 50 years later. The current selection of programs ranges from short-term industry training to more than 20 two-year degree pathways.