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Patrick Henry Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. Learn about its admission requirements, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Patrick Henry Community College

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is located in just outside Martinsville, VA. There are three satellite campuses in addition to the 137-acre main campus. The school was founded in 1962 as a branch campus of the University of Virginia's School of General Studies. In 1971, it became part of the Virginia Community College System. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2012, the Center for Digital Education listed PHCC as the 7th-best Tech Community College in the 'small colleges' category.


The school has 29 programs leading to associate degrees as well as 50 certificate programs. The associate degree programs in general studies, health sciences and nursing (tied with administration of justice) were the most popular as of 2012. Students can earn a certificate in many different fields, such as automotive technology, bookkeeping, massage therapy, horticulture and viticulture (winemaking).

PHCC participates in the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements, which allow students who have an associate degree from a Virginia college and a minimum GPA to get admitted to the any of colleges and universities that are part of the agreement.


To apply to PHCC, students need to submit a completed application. High school or GED transcripts are required for admission to specific programs. Students planning on receiving transfer credit are also required to provide transcripts of any prior college work. Additional documentation may be necessary for specific programs.

Students who can transfer 20 or more semester hours of college work do not have to enroll in a required college skills course. Prior college work may also exempt students from PHCC's placement tests.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012, tuition and fees for in-state students were $126.83 per credit hour. Out-of-state students were charged $318.93 per credit hour in tuition and fees. Some courses may have additional costs for supplies or uniforms. The school estimated that full-time students typically spend $300-$400 on books and materials each semester.

In addition to federal financial aid, PHCC offers scholarships based on academic achievement, community service or program of study. Students can apply for scholarships using the online application; each semester has different application periods, so students interested in applying can check the school's website for more info. The school has a tuition payment plan that costs from $35-$45, depending on the plan selected.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate degrees, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 3,251 (all undergraduate) in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs 79 programs of study leading to associate degrees or certificates**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Mental and social health services and allied professions (21)*
Less-than-2-year certificate: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities (52)*
Associate: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (208)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students beginning in fall 2007:
18% within normal time
27% within 150% of normal time
33% within twice the normal time*
Entering Class Size Total entering students in fall 2011: 750*
First-Year Retention Rates 56% of full-time and 43% of part time students who began in 2010 returned in fall 2011*
Application Due Date Open admissions*
Tuition (2012) $126.83 per credit for in-state students, $318.93 per credit for out-of-state students (includes tuition and fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For all students in 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (60%), federal student loans (0%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 87% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Patrick Henry Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Patrick Henry Community College, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
  • Phone: (276) 638-8777
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