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Naugatuck Valley Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Naugatuck Valley Community College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Naugatuck Valley Community College

In 1992, Mattatuck Community College and Waterbury State Technical College merged to become Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC). Waterbury, located in the western area of central Connecticut, is home to NVCC. The school is close to Interstate 84 and Highway 8 and is accessible to residents from more than 25 towns throughout the area.

The college operates the Fine Arts Center, which has two theatres as well as dance and music studios. The Mattatuck Astronomical Society Observatory is one of only three observatories in the state and is located on the NVCC campus.


NVCC offers associate's degrees and certificates through five academic divisions. Some of the program subject areas students can choose from include chemistry, computer science, environmental science and music. NVCC offers associate's degree programs in horticulture, digital arts and visual and performing arts (dance option) and aviation science, which are not available at any other community college in the state.

NVCC also has distance-learning courses and non-credit development courses available. Some of the non-credit course options include welding, hospitality and real estate. Students interested in transferring after graduation may have the opportunity to continue their studies at a four-year institution through the Guaranteed Admissions Program.


Students seeking to enroll in degree programs at Naugatuck Valley Community College must submit an application along with a high school transcript and proof of all required immunizations. There is also a $20 application fee. Applicants must take a placement test unless they have met SAT/ACT test score requirements or have the necessary CLEP or AP exam scores. The nursing, physical therapy assistant, radio technology and respiratory care assistant programs have additional admission requirements.

NVCC accepts applications at any time, but preference is given to students who submit their applications by June 1 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition (not including fees) for Connecticut residents was $133 per semester hour in 2012-2013, while out-of-state students were charged $399 per semester hour. The school participates in the New England Board of Higher Education reciprocal agreement, which allows a resident of any other New England state to pay less than out-of-state tuition under certain circumstances. Specific programs and courses may have additional fees.

In addition to student loans and grants, students can apply for scholarships that are available through the NVCC Foundation. Students who are enrolled in more than three semester hours can participate in a tuition payment plan for a $25 fee.

School Type Two-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Suburb*
Student Body 7,361 students in 2011 (all undergraduates)*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs Five academic divisions, more than 50 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Business, management, marketing and related services (51)*
Associate's: General studies (146)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students beginning in fall 2007:
One percent within normal time
Eight percent within 150% of normal time
14% within twice the normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,545 (fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 58% of full-time and 51% of part time students who began in 2010 returned in 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; preference given to students who submit their application for the fall semester by June 1**
Tuition (2012-2013) $133 per semester hour for in-state students, $399 per semester hour for out-of-state students (does not include additional fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For all students in 2011-2012: Grant or scholarship aid (64%), federal student loans (6%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: 56%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Naugatuck Valley Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Admissions Room K500, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708
  • Phone: (203) 575-8040
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