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Wenatchee Valley College

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Wenatchee Valley College

Established in 1939, Wenatchee Valley College is a 2-year public institution that awards certificates and associate degrees. Located in Wenatchee, WA, the college was first established as a private school funded by financial contributions from local citizens. In 1941, it became a public institution and joined the Washington state education system. In the 1970s, the school added a second campus located in Omak, WA, to its operations.


Wenatchee Valley College offers six associate degree options and a certificate of completion in a variety of fields of study. It also offers transfer programs in the liberal arts and sciences, professional and technical programs, college transitional courses and community and professional development programs. Additionally, it operates a continuing education program that provides skill-specific training through non-credit classes.

Evening and online classes are available in many programs. Available areas of study include early childhood education, drafting technology, environmental systems, nursing, business administration, criminal justice and computer systems networking.


The college operates on an open admissions policy. Therefore, students possessing a high school diploma or GED certificate are eligible to attend Wenatchee. Applications can be submitted online or by mail. Submission of high school class rank, SAT or ACT scores or evidence of a minimum high school GPA is not required for admission to the school. However, some of the school's programs, such as its nursing program, have separate admission requirements. After being admitted to the school, students must meet with an advisor and take a placement test.

There is no application deadline. The school states that it provides decision notifications once all application materials have been received.

In 2011, the school enrolled a total of 3,885 students, 68% of whom attended classes on a full-time basis. At that same time, the school had a larger female than male population.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-2013 year was about $106 for in-state, $119 for out-of-state and $278 for international students per credit hour. Additional fees varied depending on the student's course load, program of study and the campus they attended.

Students enrolled in a minimum of five credits are eligible to participate in the school's tuition payment plan. In this plan, students make three equal payments.

WVC offers need- and merit-based grants, scholarships, loans and federal work-study opportunities. In 2011, 78% of first-time, full-time students used some form of financial aid to pay tuition costs.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificates*
One but less than two year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 3,885 undergraduate students in 2011*
Student Housing Available*
Programs Four degree programs available in more than 30 fields of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences (413)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in fall 2007:
19% within 'normal time' for the program*
30% within 150% of 'normal time'*
37% within twice as long as 'normal time'*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
Entering Class Size 366 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 61% of full-time and 56% of part-time students*
Application Due Date No application deadline**
Decision Notification Date Decisions sent out upon review; response time can vary**
Tuition (2012-2013) About $106 for in-state, $119 for out-of-state and $274 for international students per credit hour**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (74%)*
Federal grants (63%)*
Pell grants (63%)*
Other federal grants (6%)*
State/local government grants or scholarships (50%)*
Institutional grants or scholarships (18%)*
Student loan aid (21%)*
Federal student loans (21%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78% of first-year, full-time students in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics **Wenatchee Valley College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1300 5th Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801
  • Phone: (509) 682-6806
  • Website: www.wvc.edu

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